They wanted only Muslim Arabs to fill top positions – excluded Christians.
In a Wiki-leaked email dated Sep 29, 2008, New York attorney Preeta D. Bansal (who had served in the Bill Clinton Administration in the 1990s) sent in a list of Muslim Americans to be considered for top federal jobs to John Podesta who was acting as part of the Obama transition team at the time. She had apparently been instructed to exclude Christian Arabs and she explains how she has done so. Ms. Bansal also sent the list to Michael Froman who was a school chum of Obama’s at Harvard and who had worked for the previous Clinton administration. He was a major negotiator of the TPP trade deal and has gone through the revolving door between being a lobbyist and a government official numerous times. Ms. Bansal cc’d Matthew Onek a younger Wall Street up-and-comer in the Democratic Party in her email to Froman.
Here is the email itself.
Here are the compiled lists of Asian American and Muslim American candidates for top Administration jobs, sub-cabinet jobs, and outside boards/agencies/policy committees. A couple things to note about the list of Muslim American candidates: In the candidates for top jobs, I excluded those with some Arab American background but who are not Muslim (e.g., George Mitchell). Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian. In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian).
So they were actively excluding Christians in favor of Muslims. This is a pattern we have seen before. Arab Christians have been routinely excluded from acting as translators for even the most sensitive classified information. It is an open secret that Muslims have been favored for many years, going back to the Clinton Administration. Bansal continues:
I listed the elected Muslim American democratic officials at the end of the second category, but for various reasons, I didn’t think any of them would necessarily be suitable for an Administration appointment. Nevertheless, I wanted to flag them for you in case you wanted to evaluate them further.
Reaction from the American Middle East community was swift. John Hajjar, co-chair of the American Mideast Coalition for Trump explained that rampant discrimination had been going throughout the Obama years. “We always felt the cold shoulder of the Democratic Party establishment in the past eight years. Their bigotry has now been laid bare.” He continued, “This discriminatory email is un-American, libelous and should cause the author and those who conspired against Arab Christians to be held accountable.”
“American citizens of Middle East Christian descent fled their ancestral Homelands after decades of intolerance and apartheid like policies of dictatorial and theocratic regimes with the hope that they and their children will have a better life here in the USA, only to face similar discrimination at the hands of the Democratic Party establishment,” said David Lazar of the American Mesopotamian Organization and the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation. “It’s truly a sad day in American politics to see bigots and racists like Podesta and his clique leading the Presidential campaign of the Democratic Party and at the same time have the audacity to accuse Mr. Trump of the same.”
This news is especially hard for Christian Arab Americans to bear as they are enduring slow-motion genocide in the region, the very birthplace of Christianity, without so much as acknowledgment of their plight from the Obama Administration. As Gabriel Sawma, Professor of Middle East Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, points out, “Christians of the Middle East contributed to the advancement of that region Christian universities and schools continue to educate Muslims and other communities. They contributed to the creation of Arabic music, art, and literature.”
Yet it is Muslims from the Middle East who are given asylum in the US, not Christians. Out of the 7551 Syrian refugees brought to the US in 2016, only 35 were Christian. It is the Christians who are persecuted and are being exterminated by the various warring Muslim factions.
If Hillary Clinton is elected, it is a certainty that the light of Christianity will snuffed out in the Holy Land. And it is certain Mrs. Clinton will not lift a finger to stop it.
The Florida based President of the World Maronite Union, Sami Khoury said “this treatment of Middle East Christians is discriminatory. A Clinton Administration would be catastrophic to millions in our communities across the United States. We never heard of such civil rights discrimination since decades.”
Imam Mohamed el Haj Hasan from Detroit said “we are in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from Arab and Mideast Christian communities who have been sidelined from obtaining federal jobs in the Obama Administration. As Muslims we stand for justice and refuse to see our Government discriminate against any sect.”
On his part Dr. Ashley Ansara from Orlando said “we are horrified that the Obama Clinton Administration practiced discrimination against our brothers and sisters from the Arab Christian communities. As Arab Muslims in America we consider this breach against civil rights as a type of Apartheid that has no place in America.”
Sam Yono, a Chaldean American leader in Detroit lamented the reports and said, “Many of our People came to the United States fleeing genocide and persecution and seeking freedom to find ourselves discriminated against because we are Christians and by the highest power in the Land. What a shame!”
It should be noted that the Obama Clinton discrimination has not only targeted Middle East Christians but also Muslim Americans who do not subscribe to the Muslim Brotherhood or Iran regime political agenda. One example is Dr Zuhdi Jasser, a Syrian American leader and a Muslim reformer who was systematically rejected by the Obama and Clinton powers for eight years while CAIR leaders had an open door to the Administration. The list of Muslim moderates and reformers who have been refused access and jobs under the Obama Clinton Administration is long as well.
by Tom Harb and Hossein Khorram