OCTOBER 27, 2008
A major U.S. newspaper is withholding a damaging video tape of Barack Obama toasting a Palestinian paramilitary operative at a celebration attended by a group of Palestinians openly hostile towards Israel.
The California paper used the tape as a source for a story documenting Obama’s close ties to a radical Palestinian scholar (Rashid Khalidi) who once served as a spokesman for Arab terrorist icon Yasser Arafat and his extremist Palestinian Liberation Organization.
According to the piece, Obama and the college professor became good friends, lived in the same Chicago neighborhood and often dined together. In 2000 Khalidi held a fundraiser for Obama’s unsuccessful congressional bid and Khalidi’s wife got a $40,000 grant from a charity headed by Obama.
Anecdotes of a 2003 party honoring Khalidi are sprinkled throughout the story and the information was obtained from a video tape that the paper refuses to make public. The Palestinian celebration was held so that Chicago-area leaders could say farewell to their friend who took a job in New York.
At the bash, Obama toasted his buddy and reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged him. A young Palestinian recited a poem accusing Israel’s government of terrorism and threatening that if Palestinians cannot secure their own land “you will never see a day of peace.”
A recent study revealed that the mainstream media coverage on Obama has been overwhelmingly positive so it’s not surprising that a major U.S. newspaper, which incidentally has endorsed Obama for president, covers up information that could hurt his bid.
One popular news blog, that helped expose the controversial video’s existence, points out that if the American public saw this side of Barack Obama he would never be elected president. The tape would greatly damage Obama who has already been hurt by his circle of close anti-Semitic friends.
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