Obama Moves Hanukkah Celebration to the Anniversary of the First Intifada
This is from the “you gotta be kidding me” file. President Obama, who decided that the official White House Hanukkah celebration would come two weeks earlier than the actual start of the Jewish holiday, held the ceremony on December 8th…the 24th anniversary of the beginning of what’s now called the First Intifada – a tidal wave of violence by Palestinians against the State of Israel. The Intifada would end up costing thousands of lives, both Israeli and Palestinian (a great many Palestinian victims were killed by their own people as “collaborators”). The Intifada would bring waves of suicide bombings by Palestinian terrorists, and, these days, it is remembered with pride by those who seek the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.
Twenty four years ago, on December 8, 1987 a revolution began. The revolution began in Gaza, it was the First Intifada. After 39 years of Israeli occupation Palestinian resistance exploded in full force. “The Palestine You Need to Know”
Quite a day to hold a Hanukkah celebration, Mr. President. I mean, you could have held it on any day (assuming, that is, that you had a good reason for not holding it when the holiday actually starts), and you chose December 8.
Make of this what you will. I’m not trying to be conspiratorial – but the facts are the facts. What I think this incident shows is the absolute lack of concern Obama has for the Jewish community (and for all who steadfastly support Israel). Here is a president who bends over backwards to make sure that not one word he utters gives offense to the Muslim world. Speeches are carefully crafted to take into account the “feelings” of Muslims. Symbolism that might be “offensive” to Muslims is removed from official events; words that might give offense are excised. Every effort is made to ensure that nothing might even inadvertently offend Muslim sensibilities. Terrorist incidents are renamed to cater to Muslim sensitivities – Islamic-inspired mass-killings are renamed “workplace violence” or “man-caused disasters.” Even the world’s most wanted terrorist – a man responsible for 3,000 U.S. deaths, was given a proper Muslim burial so as not to offend.
But then Obama decides to hold the official White House Hanukkah ceremony on the anniversary of the beginning of one of the most painful periods of Israeli history. I doubt he bothered to vet the date; I doubt he cared. He decided to celebrate Hanukkah when he saw fit (as opposed to, you know, when the Jewish community sees fit), and he picked a date forever associated with violent attacks against Israel.
As I said, make of it what you will.