President Barack Obama told Ehud Olmert and three other Middle East leaders he is determined to stop Hamas from smuggling arms.Seriously, South Africa? A boycott of Jewish-owned businesses?
According to a statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, the new president placed phone calls Wednesday morning to Olmert, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and King Adullah of Jordan.
The statement said that Obama "emphasized his determination to work to help consolidate the cease-fire by establishing an effective anti-smuggling regime to prevent Hamas from rearming, and facilitating in partnership with the Palestinian Authority a major reconstruction effort for Palestinians in Gaza."
Obama in the statement pledged that the United States, working with the international community, "would do its part to make these efforts successful."
He also communicated to the four leaders "his commitment to active engagement in pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace from the beginning of his term" and "his hope for their continued cooperation and leadership."
An e-mail campaign is urging South Africans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses.[...]And published articles in a Russian paper?
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies condemned the campaign. Board chairman Zev Krengel said it was "a frightening thought that there are people with such hatred." Krengel adds later, "If you juxtapose the word Jew with black you get racism in its purest form."
The Palestine Solidarity Committee of South Africa labeled the e-mail "irresponsible" and "racist." ASpokesperson Na'eem Jeenah said that his organization's "solidarity action was against the State of Israel and Zionism, not against Jewish people."
In France, um, Jews are starting to fear for their lives with a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.