(PJ Media Exclusive) To Sway U.S. Jews, National Jewish Democratic Council Fraudulently Edits, Exploits Sderot Jews
(Editor’s Note: David Farer is a resident of Sderot -- the Israeli town on the border of the Gaza Strip that has suffered relentless missile attacks since Israel pulled all military and Jewish residents from the Gaza Strip in August 2005.
On August 15 of last month, the National Jewish Democratic Council released a video and accompanying press release titled “What Do Israelis Think of President Obama?” The press release included this quote from NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris:
President Barack Obama’s strong support for Israel has been recognized by Israeli leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, as well as many pro-Israel leaders here in the United States. … Today, we’re hearing what Israelis living on the front lines think.
Farer recognized his friends and neighbors in the video.
He believed their comments were misleadingly edited or dishonestly encouraged. Farer re-interviewed the subjects and found his suspicions were correct. Some highlights:
-- One participant, Sasson Sara, was emphatic: "I do not support [Obama]." Sara claims the video omitted several words he spoke, thus giving his statement the appearance of conveying the exact opposite message Sara had intended.
The video shows Sara saying in Hebrew: “Sderot is important to him. The Jewish people are important to him. The state of Israel is important to him.”
Sasson claims he actually spoke the following in Hebrew: “If Sderot is important to him, the Jewish people are important to him, the state of Israel is important to him, then Obama should do more about Iran.”
-- Another participant, Pinchas Ammar, told Farer that he does not support Obama and thinks Obama is not pro-Israel and does not understand Israel's problems in the least. He was not happy to find himself in a film promoting Obama's re-election.
Incredibly, this is not the first time Pinchas Ammar has been exploited by an Obama campaign.
When Obama visited Sderot in 2008, Obama himself promised Ammar he would fly him to Washington, D.C., to attend an inaugural ball if he were elected. Many witnesses were present to hear Obama’s promise. After a few months of excitement, the Ammars were disappointed when an invitation never arrived.
Ammar and his wife were seriously injured when a terrorist missile exploded in their kitchen. They have not been able to work since.
-- Some participants were not aware they were going to appear in a campaign ad intended to help re-elect President Obama. No participant was asked to sign a release.
-- The surveyed answer to the video’s title/question -- "What Do Israelis Think About Obama?" -- is not remotely comparable to the narrative portrayed by the video.
A Dahaf poll conducted on August 7 and 8 of this year found that 40 percent of Israelis believe Romney to have Israel's best interests at heart; 19 percent thought the same of Obama.
The remainder of this article is David Farer describing the details of his discoveries regarding this video. -- DS)
The Democratic Party campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama to the White House perceives a problem with its Jewish voters and contributors. Jews have historically voted heavily for Democratic candidates, and Obama did well among American Jews during the last election. For this campaign, however, his support among Jews, and especially among Jews who strongly support Israel, has declined. Jewish Democrats, and specifically those from the National Jewish Democratic Council, apparently view this decline as a problem they must solve.
One of the means they have employed to solve it is producing a video titled "What Do Israelis Think of Obama?" The film pretends to answer the question it poses -- in just three minutes and three seconds -- by displaying what it implies are ordinary, randomly chosen folks in Sderot, followed by other participants from Jerusalem.