About two weeks ago, Obama met with some community leaders in Michigan. One of them was the publisher of the Arab American News.
Another participant was less pleased: Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News and head of an Arab-American political action fund, said he confronted Obama about a speech this month to an American Jewish group. In his speech, Obama stirred concerns among Arabs by coming out in favor of keeping all of Jerusalem under Israeli control, a major controversy in the larger Palestinian conflict.
“I said, ‘Why did you go too far in your speech?’ ” said Siblani, who is a vocal critic of Israel. Obama said he would discuss the issue later, but Siblani said he was asked by an aide afterward to submit his address so the campaign could get back to him. “I said, ‘Forget it.’ But one day he will have to face these
Now here’s more background on Siblani from Debbie Schlussel.
But one of those so-called leaders has been identified as an agent of Hezbollah–Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News. Siblani,, an open supporter of the terrorist group, was handpicked for the invite by the Obama campaign and spoke one-to-one with Obama.
But Siblani’s brother works for Al-Manar a/k/a Hezbollah TV in Lebanon. And Siblani’s newspaper is Hezbollah’s house organ in America. Sources say Hezbollah has funneled money to the paper. Siblani was at a small 2006 Dearbornistan meeting identified in the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Seyassah, as a meeting of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s American Hezbollah agents.
And Siblani has openly praised Hezbollah as “freedom fighters”–the group that murdered over 300 U.S. Marines and U.S. Embassy employees–everywhere from Hezbollah rallies to interviews on National Public Radio (a/k/a National Palestinian Radio) to a Detroit radio station which constantly has him on, unchallenged. At a 2006 pro-Hezbollah rally in Dearbornistan, which I attended, Siblani called for the participants to “pray for the Hezbollah martyrs.”
While Siblani claims that Obama was not responsive to Siblani’s direct question to him about Obama’s flip-flop-flip speech on Jerusalem at the AIPAC conference, Obama didn’t exactly defend Israel or its right to an undivided Jerusalem or anything in the AIPAC speech to Siblani, either–a true sign that Obama doesn’t really believe in anything he says.
And the very fact that Obama invited Siblani to talk with him is yet another sign that Barack Obama has no problem with supporters of terrorists who murder Americans. As I noted recently, Obama had a private meeting with an imam who is an agent of Hezbollah and the government of Iran.