Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Barack Obama's Socialist Rabbi Neighbor

Mr. Obama's neighborhood.

New Zeal provides insight into another one of Obama's Hyde Park relationships. Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf is a strong supporter of Sen. Obama—he's a member of Rabbis for Obama—and is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Add Rabbi Wood to the list of neighbors (like Bill Ayers) who supported Obama by hosting meet-and-greet fundraisers for the political hopeful in his home.

So who is Rabbi Wolf? Is this another Bill Ayers story? What is the DSA? New Zeal notes that "... despite their innocuous name, [DSA members] are Marxists, extremists, many of them former Communist Party supporters," and points out that "in 1973, Rabbi Wolf served as founding chair of the American Jewish movement 'Breira: A Project of Concern in Diaspora-Israel Relations.'" New Zeal's article covers the organization in depth, but what stood out was Rabbi Wood's recent comments to the Chicago Jewish News: "I met with PLO people as long as 30 years ago. Two of them were assassinated for meeting with me and other Jews. Now I'm careful. I don't want to risk any lives on any side."

PLO—Palestine Liberation Organisation. Assassinated for meeting with him? Sitting down at the table with opposition can apparently have dire consequences (a note to Obama).

"Like a lot of older DSA members, Rabbi Wolf has, what used to be desribed in a more honest era, a 'communist front record as long as your arm,'" New Zeal postulates.

Other links:
What is the Democratic Socialist Party (DSA)?
- Mr. Obama's Neighborhood

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