July 28, 2008

Fauxtonement: "Prayergate" Takes a Weird, New Turn

Hatched by Dafydd

The bizarre "scandal" of Barack H. Obama's "stolen prayer" took a strange twist today, as the Jerusalem Post reported that the "Yeshiva student" (still no sign that there is any independent verification of his status) tearfully apologized on Israel's Channel 2 for "stealing" Obama's prayer from the Wailing Wall and returned it (to the TV station); but the putative thief was still not identified -- Channel 2 coyly revealed only his initial, Aleph, and "obscured" his face. And Mr. Aleph made a statement during his interview which makes it fairly clear that he is an Obama supporter, as Big Lizards predicted yesterday:

"I'm sorry. It was a kind of prank," Aleph said, his hands shaking as he fingered the tightly wadded-up sheet of King David Hotel letterhead. "I hope he wasn't hurt. We all believe he will take the presidency."

So if we can take Mr. Aleph at his word, then instead of a militant, right-wing Jew violating Obama's right to have a "private communication between him and God," we have a still-anonymous person, still with no evidence that he is a yeshiva student, who certainly appears to support Obama for president, and who claims it was all a "prank."

A prank? Let's review the bidding:

  • Apparently, Mr. Aleph stole Obama's Wailing Wall prayer -- unprecedented in Israel -- and handed it to at least two media outlets, one of which printed it.
  • Our point that the Secret Service guarding Obama did not take Mr. Aleph to have hostile intent, or they wouldn't have allowed him to get close enough to see where Obama tucked the prayer, also appears to have been correct: Mr. Aleph is either a juvenile jokester or else in collaboration with the Obama campaign itself.
  • Mr. Aleph hopes this didn't hurt Obama and believes, along with all his friends, that Obama will win the election.
  • The media outlet that printed the prayer, Maariv, claims that the Obama campaign itself earlier released the text of the prayer.
  • And I still cannot find a single news source who will either confirm or deny that the campaign released the text for publication -- though every reporter traveling with the presumptive nominee would of course know whether he, personally, had been given the text by the campaign.

But we should shortly find out more: Shahar Alon, a Jerusalem attorney, has demanded that the Attorney General of Israel investigate the incident with an eye towards criminal prosecution of Maariv -- and Alon has also initiated a boycott of the newspaper:

Attorney Shahar Alon asked attorney General Menachem Mazuz to launch an investigation against the editor of Israeli daily Ma'ariv, who published the content of the note last week....

"By making the note public," Alon wrote to Mazuz, "the newspaper violated the law protecting holy sites, several clauses in the penal code and also infringed upon the basic rights of a person's honor and freedom."

Alongside his petition, Alon also initiated a boycott of the newspaper. In a letter he published, Alon called on all those who felt that the newspaper offended them by desecrating the holiness of the Western Wall, or felt that Obama had been personally disrespected, to refrain from purchasing the newspaper or cancel their subscriptions.

Maariv will either have to defend itself or else plead guilty. Assuming they do the former, they will of course repeat the defense that the so-called "leak" was authorized even before Obama arrived at the wall.

But this time, as part of a criminal probe, the elite media will not be able to stand silent... at least not without cost, as such a brazen attempt to kill the story they started would severely damage their credibilty and make clear just what I personally believe they are trying to avoid making clear: That this entire event was orchestrated by the Obama campaign.

So let's keep our fingers crossed that Attorney General Mazuz does authorize an investigation; we need to know whether Barack Obama truly was victimized by an angry Jew (or juvenile jokester)... or whether the presumptive Democratic nominee is a cynical, manipulative, Chicago pol who has just done what no other American politician has ever dared do: Thuggishly politicize the holiest and most sacred site of world Jewry, the only surviving wall of the great temple in Jerusalem.

Jews especially, but Christians as well, need to know what Obama truly thinks is the purpose of religion: to make oneself into "an instrument of [God's] will," or to mold into a campaign commercial that plays on victimhood and implies a religiosity that evidence indicates the candidate does not actually attain.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, July 28, 2008, at the time of 1:07 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Karmi

Attorney General Mazuz needs to throw Mr. Aleph onto a waterboard, and get to the facts of this issue.

I think that you are onto something here...

The above hissed in response by: Karmi [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2008 2:02 PM

The following hissed in response by: BarbaraS

This is just another democrat idea and like all democrat ideas it was not thought through to the end. To them, there are no repercussions of their actions. If something sound good and feels good they do it. And the messiah can do no wrong. The arrogance is breathtaking but not unusual for a Chicago pol and a domcrat lefty. After all, they are superior beings and whatever they do is for the common good. To the rest of us it is all politics just like visiting the wounded in Germany.

The above hissed in response by: BarbaraS [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2008 10:29 PM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh

One comment deleted here and on another post; come on, BethTopaz... posting the same comment three times spread across two different posts dances perilously close to spam -- even if I agree with it.



The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 3:31 PM

The following hissed in response by: bethtopaz

sorry, Dafydd, I'm new at this site and the others. I just think this is important and didn't see your 7/28 post until after I posted the comment on the other post. The duplicate was an honest mistake.

The above hissed in response by: bethtopaz [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 3:40 PM

The following hissed in response by: bethtopaz

I read about you just now in Wikipedia, Dafydd. Very impressive.

The above hissed in response by: bethtopaz [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 3:43 PM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh


Oh, I left one of your comments up; I just didn't want all the duplicates.


The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 6:00 PM

The following hissed in response by: bethtopaz

Thanks, Dafydd! I will slither back in and hiss in the upcoming weeks and months. I like your blog.

The above hissed in response by: bethtopaz [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 11:35 PM

The following hissed in response by: Beldar

Dafydd, I'm glad you're following this episode and writing about it. I tried a couple of times to compose a post, but the notion that Obama would write a prayer for humility, and then publicize it (while simultaneously insisting that it was a secret, holy communication), makes me feel such disgust that I just couldn't finish.

The above hissed in response by: Beldar [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 30, 2008 4:22 AM

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