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It figures that a White House unconcerned about national security would have little care about clear and present security threats directed at the presidential team – or, at least, be oblivious to the potential.

Maybe that’s the story behind the story of the recent “gate-crashing” of a state dinner.

Salahis and Obama at state dinner
The Salahis and President Obama at state dinner

It seems Tareq and Michaele Salahi, two wannabe celebrities, were able to gain entry to the event and even get their photos taken greeting Barack Obama in a receiving line.

But that’s hardly the end of the story.

Far more interesting are the Salahis’ ties to the extremes of anti-Israel Palestinianism.

Tareq Salahi served on the board of the American Task Force for Palestine, where Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi served as vice president. The names of both Salahi and Khalidi have been meticulously scrubbed from the task-force website, although Salahi’s bio still comes up on a Google cache search of the site.

The Task Force lobbies for a Palestinian state and demands the so-called right of return for Palestinian “refugees” – a formula Israeli officials across the political spectrum have warned could destroy Israel by population genocide, with the Jewish state forced to accept millions of Arabs, thus diluting its Jewish majority.

Khalidi is a harsh critic of Israel. He has made statements supportive of Palestinian terror and reportedly has worked on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization while it was involved in anti-Western terrorism and was labeled by the State Department as a terror group.

During documented speeches and public events, Khalidi has called Israel an “apartheid system in creation” and a destructive “racist” state. He has multiple times expressed support for Palestinian terror, calling suicide bombings a response to “Israeli aggression.”

He dedicated his 1986 book, “Under Siege,” to “those who gave their lives … in defense of the cause of Palestine and independence of Lebanon.” Critics assailed the book as excusing Palestinian terrorism.


Rashid Khalidi

Khalidi raised money for Obama during his bid for Congress, and Obama sat on the board of the Woods Fund, which in 2001 provided a $40,000 grant to Mona Khalidi’s Arab American Action Network. The fund provided a second grant to the network for $35,000 in 2002.

Speakers at network dinners and events routinely have taken an anti-Israel line. The group cosponsored a Palestinian art exhibit titled “The Subject of Palestine” that featured works related to what some Palestinians call the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding in 1948.

In 2003, Obama delivered an in-person testimonial for Khalidi, who at the time was departing the University of Chicago for a new teaching position at Columbia University in New York.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan took the rap for the lapse in security, but there’s still more to the story missed by the rest of the media.

It was just over a month ago that WND reported on other visitors who have been received in the White House during Obama’s first year. To say some of the names were shocking would be an understatement.

WND’s Aaron Klein gets to the heart of Israel’s decline in his book, “The Late Great State of Israel: How Enemies Within and Without Threaten the Jewish Nation’s Survival”

Included on a list of 110 names released by the White House at the end of October were Malik Zulu Shabazz, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.

Shabazz is the national chairman of the radical New Black Panther Party, while Ayers is the domestic terrorist who served as leader of the Weather Underground, and Wright was the name of Obama’s controversial and fiery anti-American pastor of 20 years.

Shabazz, the least well-known of the infamous trio, is an extremist known for giving speeches condemning white men and Jews. He has claimed Jews engaged in an “African holocaust,” and he has promoted the anti-Semitic urban legend that 4,000 Israelis fled the World Trade Center just prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

How dangerous is Shabazz? Dangerous enough to have been denied entry to the entire nation of Canada last May for his anti-Semitism, anti-police record and criminal history.

The White House claimed it was a different Malik Shabazz, a different Bill Ayers and a different Jeremiah Wright who visited the president – if you can believe it. For his part, Shabazz didn’t deny visiting the White House when questioned by WND.

Is there a pattern emerging here?

If the White House is so careless about the security of its own facility, how does that make you feel about its concern for national security?

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