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Obama's Casual Dismissal of anti-Jewish Violence (Updated)

Posted on the 10 February 2015 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Michael L.
This is getting a fair amount of play, but it truly pisses me off, so I intend to highlight it here.
Ben Cohen, writing in The Algemeiner, tells us:
President Barack Obama’s description of the January 9 Islamist terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris as a “random” assault on “a bunch of folks in a deli” has sparked widespread outrage, with a top American Jewish leader telling The Algemeiner, “President Obama absolutely misspoke…there’s nothing ‘random’ about the threats against Jewish targets.”
Random?
Obama thinks that the attack on the kosher market was "random"?
What horrendous nonsense.  The Charlie Hebdo murders were carried out because of something the paper did.  They insulted Muhammad which under al-Sharia can, and in this case did, bring about the penalty of death.  The Jews, on the other hand, were not killed for anything that they did.  They were killed for who they were, i.e., Jewish people.  It was a murderous act of Islamic anti-Semitism and polls have shown that anti-Semitism is absolutely endemic throughout the Muslim world.
According to a Pew research poll Jews have a 97 percent unfavorable rating in Egypt, 96 percent unfavorable rating in Jordan, 92 percent unfavorable rating in Lebanon, 97 percent unfavorable rating in Indonesia, and a 95 percent unfavorable rating in Pakistan.  By contrast, Arabs in Judea and Samaria practically adore Jews with merely an unfavorable rating in the 80s.
In other words, the Arab and Muslim worlds are seething with anti-Semitism and often that anti-Semitism turns violent, which is why there are no - or virtually no - Jews anywhere in the Arab world.  We were driven out, but the hatred toward us continues.
So, why cannot Obama admit this?
Part of the reason for this is convenience.  If Obama attributes the attack on the kosher market to Islamic anti-Semitism, then he has real problems on his hands.
He would have to admit that Jews building housing for themselves in Judea is not a cause of violence and, even more difficult for him to admit, political Islam is not only a genuine problem (the one he refuses to name), but that it is also the fastest rising and most violently fascistic political movement in the world today.
One reason - or so I speculate - that he refuses to even acknowledge the fact of political Islam is because he is afraid that it will reflect poorly on Muslims, in general, including close members of his own family.  Obama's father was a Muslim, after all.
Furthermore, of course, if he admits to Islamist anti-Semitism, how does this influence his relationships with the Islamic states?  What would it mean for his relationship with his good friend Tayyip Erdogan, for example?
So, no, I do not believe that Obama simply misspoke.
He knows that it was an anti-Semitic attack, but he does not much care and he has not the political cajones to speak the truth.
It is another one of those little chickenshit moments that this man is prone to.
It should be noted, therefore, that in this interview with Vox editors Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias, Obama thus sought to downplay the significance of what he calls "violent extremism," which is something that he has been doing probably since long before he took office, but definitely consistently does as President of the United States.
I do not see how any Jewish person - without an ideological lobotomy - could possibly maintain faith in this individual.
Update:

I assumed that when challenged on this the Obama administration would have to admit that the attack on the kosher grocery was an anti-Semitic attack, even though they refuse to mention the Islamist nature of the violence.
Not so much:

This administration is nothing short of insidious.
From the comments beneath the video:
Malcolm Pollack
Let's be clear: this is not 'stupidity'. Everyone involved, from the President on down knows perfectly well what is plainly evident to all: that this was an attack on Jews, AS Jews, by a Muslim, acting AS a Muslim.
This willful and adamant refusal to acknowledge self-evident truth is something far darker than stupidity.
I could not agree more.
Adam Hendricks
The targeting a Jewish deli in a Jewish neighborhood by people who openly hate Jews has nothing to do with Jew-hating.  And if you don't buy that story unquestioningly, it can only be because you're a racist who hates our black President. 
He is, of course, being sarcastic, but the sarcasm is pretty much spot on.
Vitreous Slag
The terrorist murderer called a local radio station while in the deli holding hostages and went on the air live to specifically say that he going to KILL JEWS. No matter what Emir Obama and his eunuch there say. Once again this satrap is the clear winner of today's Goebbel's Award.   
I was unaware of any such phone call.
Jonathan Maza
Jen Psaki who represents the state department doesn't want to take the responsibility of admitting that the four victims were Jewish. How short sighted can she be ? Doesn't she read the news on websites or newspapers ? This is a total disgrace !
As an American who lives in France, she should call me on the phone I'll set the record straight for her. 

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