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July 14, 2014 - 2:56 pm
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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee encouraged Muslims to boycott tonight’s Iftar dinner at the White House in celebration of Ramadan, citing the administration’s support for Israel.

The dinner is scheduled in the State Dining Room for 8:55 p.m., after the sun goes down to break the daily fast in accordance with Islamic law. Ramadan ends July 28.

In a statement, the committee aid the “deplorable situation” in Gaza, “brought on by Israel’s U.S.-sanctioned illegal occupation of Palestine, has received no direct action from President Obama.”

“The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will not be attending this year’s government iftars and calls upon members of the Arab and Muslim communities to join us in the boycott, including tonight’s White House Iftar hosted by President Barack Obama, given the government’s condoning of the current slaughter of Palestinians in Palestine and the spying of American Arabs and Muslims domestically,” the group said in a statement.

“In the government’s silence, Israel is committing a massacre in Palestine with the possibility of an all-out ground assault. Our American tax dollars have contributed to over 100 civilian casualties as of Monday morning, of which 70% are estimated by the United Nations to be women and children,” continued the statement.

The ADC cited recent reporting from Glenn Greenwald that revealed “the government’s indiscriminate and ongoing criminalization of the community” through NSA spying on some Arab and Muslim community leaders.

“Political engagement is important and having a seat at the table is crucial — but only when that seat is intended to amplify our voice as a community, not tokenize or subdue it… In lieu of this year’s government iftars, ADC asks that senior officials take immediate steps to end Israel’s current military operation in Palestine and abolish the problematic practices of the NSA regarding the illegal surveillance of our community,” said the ADC.

“If President Obama and the U.S. government truly seek to empower and connect with the Arab and Muslim communities, they must provide a forum for such dialogue to take place. While our request for a meeting with Secretary of State John F. Kerry continues to be ignored, we ask that senior officials meet with the community to discuss these important issues. Government iftars, such as the White House Iftar, are highly politicized events that will be taking place in the shadow of the government’s lack of representation of the community, and will provide no room for this productive dialogue.”

Asked about the boycott at the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest said the purpose of the Iftar dinner “is to observe a religious tradition that Muslims all around the globe are observing at this time of Ramadan.”

“It also is an opportunity for the president and other senior administration officials to pay tribute to the important role that Muslim Americans play in American communities all across the country,” he said. “There are immigrants to this country from a variety of regions of the world who are Muslim, and it is important for every American to understand that they are critical to the success of our country and inter-woven into the basic fabric that makes United States of America such a unique place to live.”

“We certainly respect the differences that some people may have on this — on these matters, but we would not want that to overshadow the efforts of the president and other senior administration officials to pay tribute to the contribution that so many American Muslims play in their communities.”

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Immigration from the Middle East equals failure and endless gripe. Get smart morons, and just end it. These signers didn't build this country and could not have. I don't want them here and I don't know why I have no say in that. Coming to America is not a right the rest of the world has. We've seen the result, just stop taking in failure and kick out the illegals.
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Barack's annual Iftar dinner, a joke in and of itself.

Good, stay home, all warm and comfortable wrapped in your self-righteous, faux outrage.

Muslims are slaughtering people all over the planet on a daily basis, yesterday you fired weapons at a restaurant on a remote island off the coast of Malaysia where tourists go to snorkel and scuba dive.

Got nothing better to do than shoot up the innocent & vulnerable, wherever they're available.

Cowards.
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I'd rather America be a middling C+ student with no trace of islam anywhere.
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And here's the Jews complaining that Obama's too Muslim:
http://www.westernjournalism.com/seriously-obama-betrays-israel-supporting-muslim-terrorists/

Let's just split the difference and say both are manipulating the US instead of taking on each other.

Islam is bad. Judaism is worse. They're cut from the same cloth of believing that who you are is more important than what you do. And that's the very place from where terrorism comes.
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When we were at war with Japan and Germany during WWII, we purged the country of Japanese and Germans. Now that we are at war with Islam, why do we not sent the enemy home?
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if muslims boycott and stop supporting B.O. he may have nobody left that gives him a favorable poll number.
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Interesting how they make common cause with those at Gitmo. That tells me everything I need to know about the ADC.
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and tell me again why we are celebrating this holiday in the White House, save for some stupid concept of being PC.

And anyone love the concept of a fast month, where you can only eat aftter sunset and until sunrise. Reminds me of hunger strikes where the people ate when they got hungry.
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In ancient Christian monastic practice, many monks would not eat all day then eat a small meal in the evening. They did so to to strengthen their self-control. Many kept this rule for years or even their whole lives. As with most of their religion, Muslims took someone else's idea—except for the small meal part.
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This says about all you need to know:
Nobel prizes in science, medicine and mathematics:
Jews = 147
Muslims = 2
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Skeet Shooter,

I would add this:
Current world population of Jews: ~13.9 Million
Current world population of Muslims: ~ 1.6 Billion
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What exactly is the "important role" Muslims play in communities all across the country?
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they lie to the people about their intentions, so they practice good politics.

they have a war on women, which gets ignored because they actually do harm while conservatives get blamed for letting women take control of their own body and buy some birth control on their own.

They have long range goals that will make them successful as to American views of gimme, gimme, gimme, now.
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They are an important source of data on the results of inbreeding.
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Population control?
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For one thing, they have played a crucial role in the redevelopment of lower Manhattan.
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“It also is an opportunity for the president and other senior administration officials to pay tribute to the important role that Muslim Americans play in American communities all across the country,” he said.

Is that some sort of joke? If I were the President's press secretary, I couldn't keep a straight face making that sort of pronouncement.
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Once again, I have to give props to Israel for *not* creating a desert and calling it peace. In their place I think I'd be checking the prevailing winds to determine where the fallout might be likely to come from afterwards.
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"...it is important for every American to understand that they are critical to the success of our country..."

Umm, no, they're not. They've pretty much crapped all over ever society they've had contact with since the 7th century.
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Where and when has there been Muslims who did anything we would consider success? Spain? After they killed everyone who said anything dissenting to their rule they had a few years peace. The Balkans? They depopulated the area and it still hasn't recovered. Asia Minor? Persia? Byzantium? Where? When?
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