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Jewish Leaders Condemn Obama Smear E-mails

Last week Jewcy reported on a series of anti-Obama e-mails, rapidly spreading in the Jewish community, that accuse the "Jew-hating" senator of hiding his true Muslim faith, supporting Louis Farrakhan and favoring Palestinians over Israelis. (Andrew Sullivan linked to the … Read More

By / January 17, 2008

Last week Jewcy reported on a series of anti-Obama e-mails, rapidly spreading in the Jewish community, that accuse the "Jew-hating" senator of hiding his true Muslim faith, supporting Louis Farrakhan and favoring Palestinians over Israelis. (Andrew Sullivan linked to the post.)

Yesterday a number of prominent Jewish leaders — from the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and many other organizations – condemned the e-mails. Addressing the accusations, Obama criticized Farrakhan's extremism and reasserted his own Christian beliefs. To be fair, Obama's church is supportive of Farrakhan, its minister is a firebrand, and the senator's continued membership could become a colossal political mistake.

Nevertheless we continue to wonder: are the e-mails an orchestrated disinformation campaign or simply the ravings of paranoids? (And if it's the former, let's throw objectivity to the wind and blame that scheming, power-hungry Machiavellian mastermind Dennis Kucinich.)

Again: if you have received any of these e-mails, or have any information regarding their origins, please share in the comments section below.

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