No Dogs No Blacks No Jews

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I have two questions for President Barak Hussein Obama:

  • Would you visit a country with a sign on the door saying “No Blacks Allowed”?
  • Why do you choose to visit a country with a sign saying “No Jews Allowed”?

President Barak Obama is going to the Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia soon. The American Jerusalem Post reporter who covers the White House applied for a visa to travel with the President (as is his job). He was refused.

He is not Israeli. He does not live in Israel. He was not born in Israel. He is a Jew.

He is the only member of the President’s Press Corp to be refused a visa by Saudi Arabia. Smells like rank Islamic Apartheid to me.

Here’s the report from Politico:

A Jerusalem Post reporter planning to cover President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia this week has been denied a visa to the country despite pleas by the State Department and the White House, the newspaper reported on Monday.

Michael Wilner, the Post’s White House correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief, is the only journalist in the press corps who is being denied entry. Though Israel has no diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and The Jerusalem Post is based in Israel, Wilner is an American citizen who has never pursued Israeli citizenship and has never lived in the country.

According to the Post, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and assistant to the president Tony Blinken made personal pleas to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, but to no avail. The White House handled the visa process for journalists covering the trip.

“Reached for comment by phone, the Saudi counselor only told The Jerusalem Post that ‘the decision has been made; and said the Kingdom would decline to elaborate further,” the Post reported. “Obama administration officials privately acknowledged the media outlet was discriminated against.”

In an email, Wilner called the move by Saudi Arabia “unfortunate.”

“U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is a central pillar of our newspaper’s coverage – this trip was important to us. We can only assume Saudi Arabia’s decision was based on discriminatory principles,” Wilner said.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s not just an Obama thing, When Madeline Albright discovered she had some Jewish ancestry Saudi Arabia refused her entry on official US State department business and it took the US government a lot of leaning on them to back off. In the meantime under Obama, the number of US visas granted to Israelis has been cut recently by as much as 80%. Obama is a shill for the Arabs but even he has to pretend once in a while. I’m only amazed he didn’t pick someone from the far friendlier Haaretz instead. Those guys are hardly less antisemitic than the Saudis in the first place.

    • Ram

      Give it another 10 years the only use for Saudi oil will be fire eaters in their own circuses.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s not just an Obama thing, When Madeline Albright discovered she had some Jewish ancestry Saudi Arabia refused her entry on official US State department business and it took the US government a lot of leaning on them to back off. In the meantime under Obama, the number of US visas granted to Israelis has been cut recently by as much as 80%. Obama is a shill for the Arabs but even he has to pretend once in a while. I’m only amazed he didn’t pick someone from the far friendlier Haaretz instead. Those guys are hardly less antisemitic than the Saudis in the first place.

    • Ram

      Give it another 10 years the only use for Saudi oil will be fire eaters in their own circuses.

  • wingdings

    I can assure you that Hussein will go with pleasure to any country which does not allow Jews in and he has already been to such while ignoring Israel, he never could hide his Muslim roots! His “protest” is nothing than sham!

  • wingdings

    I can assure you that Hussein will go with pleasure to any country which does not allow Jews in and he has already been to such while ignoring Israel, he never could hide his Muslim roots! His “protest” is nothing than sham!

  • Jim from Iowa

    Your argument, of course is as ridiculous and irrational as your hatred is for our president. You seem to be saying that it is our president’s responsibility to take action whenever a country acts in a way that is inconsistent with American values. Well, I can tell you that we Americans would never tolerate sanctioning what goes on in Israel with the Orthodox dictating to Reform Jews what they need to do to have a legal marriage recognized by the state. Should Obama now refuse to visit Israel because Israelis do not comport with American values in this one area?

    • Ram

      OK, why doesn’t BHO apply the human rights law that liberals like him preach wherever necessary?

    • Ram

      OK, why doesn’t BHO apply the human rights law that liberals like him preach wherever necessary?

      • dabney_c

        Because he’s also a cultural relativist.

      • Jim from Iowa

        My point is why is Obama the issue here at all when it is Saudi behavior that is odious? Obama derangement syndrome much? Even the American Tea Party nuts don’t seem to have it in for our president as much as some on the Israeli Right.

        • rtk

          Would he attend if blacks were not allowed? See the point without politicising it, like you do?

          • Jim from Iowa

            So Obama is an anti-Semite, too, right? Just come out and said it.

            • rtk

              Jumping at the deep end again Jim? The point is he should be consistent with liberal norms. Equality!

              • Jim from Iowa

                I do get fed up when my president is unfairly criticized on a site that I otherwise enjoy coming to. I’ll keep coming here and defending my president when he’s unfairly criticized again here.

                • rtk

                  Your analysis and thought process leaves a lot to be desired Jim. Have a good rest.

            • nopeacenow

              Yes he his. Did you just find that out now? Just look at who he friends were. He was surrounded by anti-Semites so he comes by it honestly.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ Brian of London

      Would he have visited a country practicing open apartheid against blacks?

      Should he visit a country practicing open apartheid against Jews?

      • Jim from Iowa

        Should you be criticizing President Obama when it is Saudi behavior that is the real issue here, Brian?

        • Baba Wawa

          As a fellow American, I’m asking you to chill out. This is not about you or your feelings about Obama. It’s about standing up to hatred, which Obama is not willing to do. And that’s hurtful.

          What we really want to have happen is Obama paraphrase the Danish King during WWII: One American is as good as the next. We all go, or none of us go.

          But that’s not going to happen. So it is Obama’s fault. This would never have happened if he wasn’t going to Saudi Arabia. No one, especially an American president, should be going to a country where WOMEN and non-Muslims literally have no rights. Do you seriously think our President should go there?

          • Jim from Iowa

            It’s not about hurt feelings; it’s about standing up for what is right. I like Israellycool, but I don’t like how most of it’s contributors treat our president in such an unfair way. America has friendly relations with Saudi Arabia and an American president should visit there from time to time, notwithstanding any number of things going on there that we don’t like. If the principle is that an American president should never visit a country that does not embrace American values of nondiscrimination, pluralism, freedom of speech, religion, etc. then our president would never visit any other country any time.

        • julis123

          I think this should concern Obama because the journalist in question wanted to go to S Arabia to cover the presidential visit. Your comparison with Israel isn’t valid because it is an internal Israeli matter. In any case this failure to stand up to Muslim antisemitism just makes any arab-Israeli peace agreement harder to achieve.

  • Jim from Iowa

    Your argument, of course is as ridiculous and irrational as your hatred is for our president. You seem to be saying that it is our president’s responsibility to take action whenever a country acts in a way that is inconsistent with American values. Well, I can tell you that we Americans would never tolerate sanctioning what goes on in Israel with the Orthodox dictating to Reform Jews what they need to do to have a legal marriage recognized by the state. Should Obama now refuse to visit Israel because Israelis do not comport with American values in this one area?

    • Ram

      OK, why doesn’t BHO apply the human rights law that liberals like him preach wherever necessary?

      • dabney

        Because he’s also a cultural relativist.

      • Jim from Iowa

        My point is why is Obama the issue here at all when it is Saudi behavior that is odious? Obama derangement syndrome much? Even the American Tea Party nuts don’t seem to have it in for our president as much as some on the Israeli Right.

        • rtk

          Would he attend if blacks were not allowed? See the point without politicising it, like you do?

          • Jim from Iowa

            So Obama is an anti-Semite, too, right? Just come out and said it.

            • rtk

              Jumping at the deep end again Jim? The point is he should be consistent with liberal norms. Equality!

              • Jim from Iowa

                I do get fed up when my president is unfairly criticized on a site that I otherwise enjoy coming to. I’ll keep coming here and defending my president when he’s unfairly criticized again here.

                • rtk

                  Your analysis and thought process leaves a lot to be desired Jim. Have a good rest.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ Brian of London

      Would he have visited a country practicing open apartheid against blacks?

      Should he visit a country practicing open apartheid against Jews?

      • Jim from Iowa

        Should you be criticizing President Obama when it is Saudi behavior that is the real issue here, Brian?

        • Baba Wawa

          As a fellow American, I’m asking you to chill out. This is not about you or your feelings about Obama. It’s about standing up to hatred, which Obama is not willing to do. And that’s hurtful.

          What we really want to have happen is Obama paraphrase the Danish King during WWII: One American is as good as the next. We all go, or none of us go.

          But that’s not going to happen. So it is Obama’s fault. This would never have happened if he wasn’t going to Saudi Arabia. No one, especially an American president, should be going to a country where WOMEN and non-Muslims literally have no rights. Do you seriously think our President should go there?

          • Jim from Iowa

            It’s not about hurt feelings; it’s about standing up for what is right. I like Israellycool, but I don’t like how most of it’s contributors treat our president in such an unfair way. America has friendly relations with Saudi Arabia and an American president should visit there from time to time, notwithstanding any number of things going on there that we don’t like. If the principle is that an American president should never visit a country that does not embrace American values of nondiscrimination, pluralism, freedom of speech, religion, etc. then our president would never visit any other country any time.

        • julis123

          I think this should concern Obama because the journalist in question wanted to go to S Arabia to cover the presidential visit. Your comparison with Israel isn’t valid because it is an internal Israeli matter. In any case this failure to stand up to Muslim antisemitism just makes any arab-Israeli peace agreement harder to achieve.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Obama isn’t doing anything that his predecessors, going back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, didn’t do.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Obama isn’t doing anything that his predecessors, going back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, didn’t do.

  • joey

    The fact is that Obama has no power to do anything about this nor would Israel want him to do anything. Saudi Arabia is an important ally from the cold war era. They never represented American values, but they became an ally because it’s better to have them on our side than on the enemy side. Israel also has a covert friendship with Saudi Arabia because of a mutual hatred of Iran.

    They have the 4th largest military in the world, you really don’t want America to turn them into an enemy for something insignificant like this. Everyone knows they are one of the most evil countries in the world, that is not being disputed and Obama knows that and can’t do anything about it. They will liberalize over time and have been doing so very slowly. A previous leader of Saudi Arabia was even killed partly for being so liberal as to introduce televisions to the kingdom.

    Do you expect Obama to start boycotting all sorts of countries that do similar things? 30% of countries in the world criminalize homosexuality for example. Should Obama boycott Barbados and Singapore?

    The USA protects Israel in part by being allies with many Islamic countries. It’s an absolute disgrace the lack of respect Obama gets from Israelis.

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