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Top Ten Things Anthony Weiner Has Said That’s Worse than Sexting

Juan Cole addresses the Weiner controversy. Remember him? The undercover Muslim who was a vehement defender of Israeli war policy?

(via. Arab News)

Top Ten Things Anthony Weiner Has Said That’s Worse than Sexting

by Juan Cole

The real scandal surrounding Anthony Weiner is that he is bigoted against Palestinians and has misused his position in Congress to support punitive policies against them. Americans appear to be bored by policy, titillated by private peccadilloes. But it is the policies that are important. Mahatma Gandhi was once kicked out of a brothel in South Africa. No one judges him by his lapses. Weiner, in contrast to Gandhi, has not worked for peace but has rather given knee-jerk support to the worst policies of the most far rightwing parties in Israel toward Palestinians. A social liberal in American terms, Weiner is so blinded by his allegiance to Israel and so studied in his ignorance of the Middle East that he has played a uniformly sinister role in that aspect of foreign policy. If he were replaced by, say, an up-and-coming Dominican-American politician from Queens who had some sympathy with Arabs, that would be all to the good.


1. Called for Columbia University professor Joseph Massad to be fired for being critical of Israel; Weiner thus spearheaded a new McCarthyism.

2. On the Israeli attack, in international waters, on the Mavi Marmara relief ship, Weiner sputtered: “”If you want to instigate a conflict with the Israeli navy it isn’t hard to do. They were offered alternatives. Instead they chose to sail into the teeth of an internationally recognized blockade.” The blockade of Gaza civilians is a breach of international law; it is not internationally recognized and has on the contrary been condemned by almost every nation and human rights organization.

3. Alleged that the New York Times is anti-Israel: “Amnesty International in particular, has always had bias against Israel, and frankly I would argue that in many cases, the New York Times has, as well.”

4. Alleged that the Palestine Liberation Organization is still listed by the US as a terrorist organization. It was dropped from the list over 2 decades ago.

5. Tried to bar the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations from New York.

6. Alleged that Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestine Authority, is not the head of the PLO. He is.

7. Refused to condemn the use by Israel of cluster bombs on the civilian farms of south Lebanon in 2006.

8. Alleged that the Israeli army does not occupy the West Bank and that there is no Israeli Army presence in the West Bank.

9. Called Israel’s war on Gaza a “humane” war. 400 children were killed.

10. Voted for Iraq War authorization in 2002, before later turning against the war.

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  • bin dead for awhile

    wiener hould join yosemite sam and head north of the rio grande

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Spencer should write fiction . Oh sorry he already does pity its so bad .

  • Khaled

    I was about to say, I thought this guy was a secret Moozlum

  • mp11

    Not sure if you guys knew but over at jihadwatch, weiner is either a secret convert or a facilitator for the Muslim brotherhood

    “FP: This all seems very strange. What do you personally think is going on?

    Spencer: Either Weiner converted to Islam to marry Abedin, and a Muslim was officiating at the ceremony along with Clinton, or the marriage is a sham and Abedin, at very least, is fully aware of that — and probably the others are also. I don’t see any other possibilities.”

  • Khushboo

    ^I totally agree! We need to stop funding others and help ourselves. We’re in very bad shape and need to mind our own business and mend our reputation as being arrogant and a bully.

  • Abdullah

    I saw him first on Jon Stewart’s show… he seemed bright and gutsy. Totally going places but then he pulled a dick move (pun intended). C’est la vie I guess. Everyone who criticizes is labeled and anti-Semite, or is smeared as “Spurning America’s allies”. Honestly, I cannot think of anything Israel has done for America… yay, they’re a democracy, but if America really just wanted democracies in the Middle East, they’d stop funding dictators.

  • Khushboo

    I didn’t even know about this. Why did he marry a Muslim woman only to betray her later?? Why is she still with this jerk?? What an idiot he is for ruining his career over sexting!

    I used to like him and wanted him as Mayor of NYC. I’m glad he resigned. I just feel bad for Huma.:(

  • Anj

    Only in America! Would you get a dude take a picture of his genitals and he is called weiner and a rising star in his party!
    Oh the irony!

  • Isa

    Whether Republican or Democrat, any politician who wants to aspire to be anything MUST totally support Israel. Those are the rules of the game. So, I am not at all surprised to learn of these things that Anthony Weiner said about the Palestinians. He was ambitious, and you must convince yourself that the innocent Palestinians are really evildoers who deserve to be punished for non-existent crimes, or just have no empathy at all for them, in order to get ahead in the American political arena. The fact that Weiner himself is Jewish MAY have something (not saying it’s an outright fact) to do with his hatred of Palestinians, as the hate between Arabs and Jews goes BOTH ways.

  • Ibrahim

    Interesting. I always thought that Weiner was one of the brighter ones. After all, Fox news did take the mickey out of him.

  • TheDemiprist

    He prefers to lie instead of just saying he doesn’t know.
    Must be an inherited trait for all Islamophobes.

  • Nur Alia

    Well…Mr Wiener will not have the dias anymore to say those things. However, this rhetoric is expected from American politicians.

    What American people should be asking is…who really is the leadership of the US? Why…does the US send billions of US dollars and offer blind support to Israel, while having to debate whether thier children and elderly should have healthcare and education oppurtunities.

    After watching the speach Mr Netenyahu give on the American legislative floor, and the seemingly ‘stadiumlike’ applause he got at ever breath, I really wonder who is in charge in America.

    I think that Americans need to be asking that question too.

  • NassirH

    Speaking of Juan Cole, the Bush neocons apparently attempted to blackmail him. “Freedom of Speech” my arse — a similar thing happened to Tariq Ramadan, incidentally.

    Some blogger critical of American foreign policy gets more ire from the government that the genocidal sentiment that is acceptable and abounds throughout the rightwing blogosphere.

  • mindy1

    Huh, I never heard those things about him. At least he is off our backs

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