Powerful pro-Israel lobby slams Obama…Posted: August 6, 2009
US President awards America’s highest civilian honor to staunch critic of Israel’s human rights record…
WASHINGTON – Powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to grant a top honor to ex-Irish president Mary Robinson, accusing her of bias towards the Jewish state.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee criticized Obama’s decision to award Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, citing her role at the UN’s Durban Conference on Racism in 2001, which criticised Israel.
“AIPAC is deeply disappointed by the Obama administration’s choice to award a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson,” AIPAC said in a press release.
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(photo: Mary Robinson)