ZOA Opposes Appointment of Anti-Israel Samantha Power to Head New Atrocities Prevention Board (ZOA) ZIONISH ORGANIZATION AMERICA) 04/27/12)
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The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has opposed the appointment
of Samantha Power, a government adviser who has made hostile and
baseless anti-Israel statements, heading the newly created Atrocities
Prevention Board (APB). The APB is intended to “coordinate action
across the entire government on stopping genocide and liaise with the
NGO community.” But Power, who worked on President Obama’s 2008
election campaign before being fired for calling Hillary Clinton “a
monster,” has exhibited gross hostility to Israel and a warped
conception of what constitutes genocide.
In an April 2002 question and answer session with the University of
California-Berkeley Institute of International Studies, when asked
what the U.S. should do if either Israelis or Palestinians
were “moving towards genocide” in their conflict, Ms. Power replied
as if Israel were committing genocide - “What we need is a
willingness to actually put something on the line in sort of helping
the situation. And putting something on the line might mean
alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and
financial import ... It may more crucially mean sacrificing – or
investing, I think, more than sacrificing – literally billions of
dollars not in servicing Israelis’, you know, military but actually
in investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing billions of
dollars it would probably take also to support, I think, what will
have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old, you know,
Srebrenica kind or the Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military
In short, Ms. Power repeated the classic anti-Semitic canard that the
U.S. supports Israel against morality and self-interest because of
Jewish voting power, rather than because Israel enjoys the
overwhelming support of the American people. Ms. Power also accused
Israel of “major human rights abuses.” She also has advocated the
ending of all aid to Israel and redirecting it to the Palestinians.
Ms. Power also complained that criticism of Barack Obama all too
often came down to what was “good for the Jews."
Also, in February 2008, Ms. Power expressed annoyance that the New
York Times had admitted there was no 2002 massacre of Palestinians by
Israel in Jenin.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “It is abundantly clear
that a person holding such vicious and completely fictitious views
about Israel makes a deeply worrying choice to head a new body
dedicated to ending atrocities and genocide. Ms. Power shows not only
hostility to Israel but lack of judgment in her apparent belief that
Israel could well seek to commit genocide.
“This is important, given the propensity for pro-Palestinian radical
groups to seek to delegitimize Israel by claiming it commits genocide
and other war crimes and their efforts to use government and
international mechanisms to harm Israel. Undoubtedly, these groups
will seek to gain the attention of the new APB to be headed by Power.
Given Power’s past statements, one can surely imagine the real
possibility that she could endorse the most outrageous and false
claims about Israel that could come her way.
“We urge the Obama Administration to rescind Samantha Power’s
appointment.” (© 2012 Zionist Organization of America 04/27/12)
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