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Yid Vid: Michelle Obama's Rabbi Cousin Has Some Advice for the President

By Gabrielle Birkner

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Rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr., a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama, is calling on President Obama to make Middle East peace “a top priority” of his administration. Funnye appears with a handful of other rabbis in a five-minute video, created before the inauguration by the organization Brit Tzedek v’Shalom – Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace — pleading with the new president to promote a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. “There is no time left to walk softly and hope for the best,” Funnye, who attended his in-law’s inauguration Tuesday, says in the video.

On behalf of Brit Tzedek, Funnye, adds: “As Jewish clergy, we pledge to mobilize our people behind your leadership for a mutually acceptable two-state solution. We pledge to support you through difficult, trying times and to celebrate with you when the job is done.”

Funnye is the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago.

Other rabbis in the video ask President Obama to move quickly to appoint a high-level Middle East Envoy.



Comments
michael Caplan Thu. Jan 22, 2009

And this too.

Marvin Fri. Jan 23, 2009

Seems like the Obama Administration is taking the advice seriously with major efforts going into a peace plan and statehood for the Pals. Keep going Mr. President and we are all with you.

Jon Fri. Jan 23, 2009

Why should one advocate for 2 states? Why not one state with Jews, Palestinians etc. live together like how it is in South Africa? To me two states has a connotation of racism that one group deserves better than the other. Obama, please go for one state solution. Two states will never satisfy the majority of the Jews and almost all of the Palestinians.

G.Berkovits Thu. Jan 29, 2009

Pitiful whining bunch of helpless Jews in this page. Maybe you are doomed, but the people of Israel will survive as it has always. We have to survive Obama and we will! Israel wont be destroyed by nuclear weapons, perhaps Iran will. There will be no two state solution for the simple reason: the arabs dont want it. They had numerous chances for that always rejected it just like now. They want a one state solution the state of Judenrein-Hamas. That is their and their Jewish and non-Jewish friends' dream. You can not make them cumbaya, because they hate you with an unforgiving fury. You can dream until your brain become jello.

Steve Sat. Jan 24, 2009

The very high Arab birthrate would doom the Jews Of Israel - in a one-State solution. One only has to look at what happened to the Christian Arabs in Lebonen or the Coptic Christians in Egypt. The Jews of Israel are probably doomed anyways from an a-bomb coming from Iran. Pakistan, or the terrorists. There were 18 million Jews in 1939. Now there are 12 million. Destruction of Jewish will leave six million. Anti-Semitism has spread worldwide again. Only America can prevent another Holocaust. The rest of the world will blame the Jews for causing the destruction of Israel. The future for the Jewish people looks sad and hopeless! I have no confidence in our "unelected World and American Jewish leaders". My wish would be for Israel to build rocket ships and let our people escape from this hateful planet.

Rochard Cephalos Fri. Jan 30, 2009

"Rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr." This must be a hoax, in code. "Ibbar srepac" means "this is very" in Outer Mongolian, and "Funnye" speaks for itself ...

Yaakov Hillel Tue. Feb 3, 2009

The honored Rabbi has alot to learn about Islam before he can expect peace between Arab countries and Israel. The only thing that has kept some sort of peace between Israel and the few Arab countries that it exists in, is the billions of American dollars that support those Arab regimes.

Palestiniansareamyth@yahoo.com Wed. Feb 4, 2009

No to a two-state solution for a country and people that HAVE NEVER EXISTED! There has never been a Palestinian country, people, language, culture. Ancient Israel was re-named Palestine by the Romans thousands of years ago. It has no connection to the Arabs. Jews were in fact the first to be called Palestinians. Arabs only started calling themselves "Palestinians" several decades ago for propaganda purposes. Arabs are in fact occupying Jewish land in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, etc. Ancient Israel covered land that is now Arab owned. Arabs and Muslims own 99% of the land in the Middle East where Jews and Christians are not allowed. Enough Jewish land has been given to the Arab invadors. Let the Arab Fakestinians go back to Arabia where they came from!

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