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Doha - Michelle Obama's Qatar Trip Marred By Host's Ties To Anti-Semitic Sheikh

Published on: November 7, 2015 08:48 PM
By: Jerusalem Post 
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Doha - First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Qatar earlier this week to discuss women’s rights and education is drawing scrutiny in some segments of the American press after it was learned that she made an appearance at an institute that recently hosted a sheikh who in years past has delivered virulently anti-Semitic sermons.

According to the online news outlet Politico, Obama gave a speech to a conference staged by the Qatar Foundation, which invited the first lady to hear her thoughts about tolerance and education.

Yet just days before Obama’s scheduled visit, the foundation’s educational center provided a platform to an Islamic cleric, Tariq al-Hawwas, who has been known to make remarks denouncing “Zionist aggressors” whom god should “count them in number and kill them completely, do not spare a [single] one of them.”

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According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the sheikh gave a sermon in 2013 bemoaning the fact that Hitler did not “finish off” the Jews, “thus relieving humanity of them.”

The first lady’s trip to the oil sheikhdom was aimed at promoting her “Let Girls Learn” campaign to boost education for young girls. She spoke at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, which was also attended by the first lady of Qatar, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

When asked by Politico for comment as to whether the first lady was aware of her hosts’ tolerance for anti-Jewish hate speech, a White House spokesperson wrote in an email: “You are asking for a response to a statement made about speakers who the First Lady has never referenced, has never met, and nor will be participating in the First Lady’s event?”

Qatar is a touchy political subject. As a nominal US ally, its vast oil wealth buys it clout, yet it has been accused by Israel of supporting Islamic extremists like Hamas and others.‎



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 Nov 07, 2015 at 08:58 PM REALIST Says:

She fits right in with their agenda.

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 10:41 PM amerikaner Says:

she's part of the American administration who is ant-Israel anyway

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 Nov 07, 2015 at 11:00 PM 54321 Says:

Really, the wife of a rabid anti semite. What else would you expect?

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 07:30 AM Eli Says:

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54321 Says:

Really, the wife of a rabid anti semite. What else would you expect?

"A rabid anti-Semite?" Words obviously have no meaning for you. If Obama, whatever else his faults are, is a "rabid anti-Semite," what was Hitler? Or Stalin? Or Torquemada? Or Haman? Or Chmielnicki? Or David Duke? Or Ahmadinejad? Or Arafat? One could go on and on. You, my friend, are someone who makes outrageous statements and calls names because you're incapable of attributing policy disagremeents to an honest difference of opinion or a personality clash between leaders, etc.

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 11:10 AM abilenetx Says:

maybe she is going to Qatar to shake the hand of the clock boy and give him a hug for the greatest hoax ever.

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 11:24 AM Shimon Says:

She's not exactly the type to sing Hatikvah. A pisha nempt a kakka.

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 06:58 PM Yossel Says:

Did any of you have similar thoughts about Reagan? How about Dubya? The man who still has close ties to the Saudi Royal Family. The man who embraced the Taliban before 9/11. His brother Jeb is no different.

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Hello?! This is the same person who sat with her menuval husband in "rev." wright's (y"s) church (anti Semite, anti America) and listened to his hate speech for 20 years!!!! Why would this bother her?!?!

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 Nov 08, 2015 at 07:17 PM Anonymous Says:

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Eli Says:

"A rabid anti-Semite?" Words obviously have no meaning for you. If Obama, whatever else his faults are, is a "rabid anti-Semite," what was Hitler? Or Stalin? Or Torquemada? Or Haman? Or Chmielnicki? Or David Duke? Or Ahmadinejad? Or Arafat? One could go on and on. You, my friend, are someone who makes outrageous statements and calls names because you're incapable of attributing policy disagremeents to an honest difference of opinion or a personality clash between leaders, etc.

Ignoramus, ever hear of reverend wright?! Oh I suppose in your book he is a wonderful peaceful man whose sermons were very worthwhile for the first family....

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