Andrew Breitbart may have scooped the mainstream media once again, publishing photos of then-Senator Obama appearing to share a stage with members of the New Black Panther Party and leader Malik Shabazz, during his presidential campaign in 2007:
Among those appearing with Obama was Shabazz, the Panther leader who was one of the defendants in the voter intimidation case that Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed. Also present was the Panthers’ “Minister of War,” Najee Muhammed, who had called for murdering Dekalb County, Georgia, police officers with AK-47s and then mocking their widows in this video (7:20 – 8:29).
Injustice includes a disturbing photo of Shabazz and the Panthers marching behind Obama with raised fists in the “Black Power” salute.
I don’t buy into theories that Obama is a secret radical interested in pushing an extreme Panther agenda. But he does have an alarming pattern of association with anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers, whether it’s for political gain or because he feels some sort of camaraderie with them.
Shabazz gained notoriety for leading anti-Semitic chants in the mid-90’s (“Who is it that controls the Federal Reserve? “The Jews!”). And in 2005 – just two years before Obama reportedly shared a stage with him at a campaign event – Shabazz penned the forward for a book entitled “Synagogue of Satan.” In case the title doesn’t give it away, it’s apparently a book full of noxious conspiracy theories about Jewish manipulation of foreign policy. From the Anti-Defamation League summary:
The book’s overarching theme is that unknown to most, the world is being manipulated and corrupted by Satanic powers led by Jewish elites. In exposing these powers, the book trades heavily in Jewish conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. It alleges that these Satanic powers are influenced and guided by the theology of Judaism, and by an inherent Jewish predilection for immorality.
The ADL calls the New Black Panther Party “the most anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in the U.S.” The group hasn’t commented yet on the photos Breitbart published.
But the pictures could potentially set off more alarm bells with Jewish voters. Obama has already seen his popularity with Jewish voters slip, in part because of his Israel policies. At the very least, the photos are a reminder of the other Israel-bashing and anti-Semitic figures from Obama’s past.