Huma Abedin, who serves as one of Hillary Clinton’s longtime closest aides and confidantes, once sent an email to former president Bill Clinton, via his assistant, that recommended he not speak before the American Israel Public Affairs Council. Why not?
Her words, to his assistant: “[Do] u really want to consider sending him into that crowd?”
The Daily Caller reports:
“Abedin’s comment about “that crowd” has sparked anger and consternation among Jewish and non-Jewish leaders who consider it hostile to Jews and to the State of Israel. Her comments are raising uncomfortable questions about Abedin’s past and her family’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of American, called Abedin’s choice of words “appalling,” the Daily Caller went on.
“[It] shows hostility toward Jews and Israel in light of the fact that ‘that crowd’ gives huge ovations to White House speakers.’
Klein pointed to the Abedin family’s ties to a radical Islamic group, saying, ‘it makes me think about the allegations about her parents and other family members who were associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.’”
And Klein wasn’t alone in his criticism.
The Daily Caller continued:
“Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes called Abedin’s comment ‘disdainful’ of AIPAC. He also noted her past association with the Muslim Brotherhood.
“‘Abedin’s disdainful comment about AIPAC as ‘that crowd’ could derive from her Muslim or her leftist identity – or both,’ Pipes told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Andrew McCarthy, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who led the prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and others for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, told TheDCNF Abedin’s background raised security concerns.
“‘During Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, some of us pointed out that Abedin’s background raised concerns about Islamist sympathies and unfitness for a security clearance that gave her access to top-secret intelligence,’ McCarthy said.”
Abedin’s parents, fundamentalist Muslims who ran operations at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, raised her in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Abedin served as editor of the journal for 12 years, quitting after Clinton picked her to accompanying her at the State Department in 2009.
But talk persists that Abedin’s background and family history darkly influences her U.S. politics.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Critics noted her father’s main benefactor was Abdullah Omar Naseef, secretary general of the Muslim World League (MWL). The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Rabita Trust, a subsidiary of the MWL, as a terrorist entity. Osama bin Laden credited MWL as a funding source after the 9/11 attacks.
“Abedin has kept her personal political views to herself. Accusations of anti-Semitism were blunted by her marriage to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is Jewish. That marriage is ending after Weiner was caught multiple times sexting online, most recently while sitting next to his son.”
Now emails surfacing from September 10, 2009, have sparked discussion about Abedin once again.
From the Daily Caller:
“In a Sept. 10, 2009, email, [Bill Clinton aide Doug] Band told Cheryl Mills and Abedin that Bill Clinton was reluctant to attend the AIPAC Jewish forum, stating, ‘Aipac begging for wjc to come speak at conference. He doesn’t think he should unless you all do.’
“Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff, told Band the final decision was up to Hillary Clinton and she would touch base with her. As Mills sought that answer, Abedin comments, ‘U really want to consider sending him into that crowd?’
“An apparently impatient Band pointedly asked, ‘Go or not go?’
“Abedin finally responds: ‘No go to aipac.’
“It’s unclear from the email exchange why they wanted to skip the AIPAC meeting. Bill Clinton twice addressed AIPAC in the 1990s as president. Hillary Clinton spoke before AIPAC in 2010 after her husband was asked to address the group.”