The Political Right Is Sadly Attempting To Use The Holocaust Museum Tragedy Against President Obama
Sadly, a new Email message from a far right Rabbi is being circulated today that attempts to pin blame on President Obama for yesterday's tragic fatal shooting at the Holocaust Museum by a political extremist. Dr. Morton H. Pomerantz, a former military chaplain who serves as the chaplain for the state of New York is circulating an irresponsible Email message via the NEWSMAX network claiming that President Obama is breeding a "climate of hate against Jews" due to his trip to Egypt last week and message to the Muslim world.
Dr. Pomerantz managed to conveniently skirt many important facts here. Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder and other important officials were going to attend an important event at the Holocaust Museum, and the shooting suspect, 88 year old James W, von Brunn, had previously served time for his role in a conspiracy to take Treasury officials hostage and to force them to read some antiJewish message to the American public via the news-media. James W. von Brunn's actions might have been a part of another scheme to either kidnap or endanger the lives of public officials. In no way did President Obama encourage some political extremist like James W. von Brunn to somehow endanger the lives of public officials or members of his administration.
Further, after last week's trip to the Muslim world, President Obama flew to Germany and made a strong message of support to Israel with some important words at the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp that his great uncle helped to liberate shortly after D-Day. President Obama even challenged embattled President Ahmadinejad of Iran who is locked into a heated re-election battle to visit Buchenwald. President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied that the Holocaust took place. If anything, extremist James W. von Brunn was likely angered that a major Holocaust denier like Ahmadinejad was so strongly challenged by the powerful visit by President Obama at the site of the terrible Buchenwald tragedy of so many persons losing their lives. Yet, nowhere in the smear message by Dr. Pomerantz were any of these important facts mentioned.
This attempt by some radical Rabbi to use the Holocaust Museum tragedy against President Obamas is low road politics of the very worst variety. President Obama won the support of at least 77% of Jewish voters back in last November. Most Jewish voters trust him. President Obama has many Jewish staffers and others in his administration. Any inference that President Obama is not a friend of the Jewish community is a pure political smear. The comments by Dr. Pomerantz distributed by NEWSMAX are deeply regrettable.
The tragic shooting at the Holocaust Museum yesterday cost a brave African American guard his life as he bravely lost his life protecting other museum guests from the crazed actions of the lone gunman. The young son of this guard is now without a father because of the actions of this crazed gunman. Shame on those who are exploiting this terrible tragedy to advance their political agenda like Dr. Pomerantz or NEWSMAX.