New York - Clinton Aide Email Criticizing AIPAC Prompts Anger From Jews And Israeli Supporters
New York - A pair of newly released email threads show a top Clinton aide making disparaging remarks about a Jewish organization and its supporters seven years ago.
The Daily Caller reported that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, was part of a email-discussion about a possible appearance by then-President Bill Clinton at an AIPAC conference. The emails, released on September 21st in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by conservative advocacy group Citizens United, detail a conversation between Doug Band, a close advisor to Bill Clinton, Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff and Abedin.
In an email dated September 10, 2009, Band shared that the president was hesitant about accepting an invitation to speak at the March 2010 AIPAC Policy Conference held at the Washington Convention Center.
“Aipac begging for wjc to come speak at conference,” wrote Band. “He doesn’t think he should unless you all do.”
“Let’s ask Hrc b/c we need to touch this base,” replied Mills.
Abedin chimed in a short time later saying, “U really want to consider sending him into that crowd?”
Asking for a final answer, Bond replied “Go or not go?”
“No go to aipac,” responded Abedin.
Ultimately, it was Hillary Clinton, not the president who spoke at the 2010 AIPAC conference, speaking passionately about a two state solution, praising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for placing a moratorium on new residential construction in the West Bank and calling President Obama “a good friend to Israel.”
Critics have long questioned Abedin’s loyalties, as several of her family members have close ties to radical Islamic groups. Abedin’s father, Syed Abedin, was the founder of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. Huma Abedin edited a journal published by the group for 12 years until her associations with Hillary Clinton brought her to the Department of State in 2009.
Abedin’s high level security clearance was a cause of concern to Andrew McCarthy, a former U.S. Attorney who headed the prosecution team against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and others responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
“During Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, some of us pointed out that Abedin’s background raised concerns about Islamist sympathies and unfitness for a security clearance that gave her access to top-secret intelligence,” said McCarthy.
Despite rumors of anti-Semitics leanings, Abedin was married to Jewish former Congressman Anthony Wiener for six years, a union that ended this summer after Wiener was caught engaging yet again in a sexting scandal.
In an interview with Vogue, Abedin said her Muslim faith played a significant role in getting her through the dark hours after the breakup of her marriage.
While both AIPAC and the Clinton Foundation declined to comment on the email, Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, described it as “appalling.”
Klein said that Abedin’s email “shows hostility towards Jews and Israel in light of the fact that ‘that crowd’ gives huge ovations to White House speakers.”
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