UPDATE: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

James Zogby says Rahm is not a dual-citizen, because Rahm was born in Chicago. He needs more than that to go on. It is my understanding that U.S. citizens are now allowed to hold dual-citizenship. I am under the further impression that there was a time that this was not so, hence my use of the term "now" above. I will attempt to find out more about these things.

According to the Wikipedia article on Rahm that has been recently updated (naturally, considering Rahm's having been offered and having accepted the position of White House Chief of Staff for the in-coming Obama administration), "Emanuel's father was an Israeli immigrant and Rahm had dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship, but relinquished his Israeli citizenship when he turned 18." If that's true, it demonstrates that dual-citizenship was at the time legal and that having been born in Chicago did not prove Rahm doesn't hold dual-citizenship. Zogby was flat wrong on that.

Rabbi Michael Lerner was half wrong when he wrote, "Emanuel, himself a citizen of Israel as well as the United States" without finding out for sure if that still pertained or at least qualifying his words or citing his source (it happens to us all though — I cut Zogby slack for it provide he prints a retraction we can't miss — same goes for Lerner).

Zogby further claims that Rahm did not serve with the IDF. This is semantical. He volunteered for a short while to do what the IDF wanted apparently. Rahm reportedly says he worked on military vehicles for a couple of weeks over in Israel. It's still revealing.

Furthermore, Zogby didn't discuss concerns about Emanuel's investment-banker past and his huge fund-raising from Wall Street.

(Source: "Rahm Emanuel and Arab Perceptions," by James Zogby. Huffington Post. November 14, 2008.)

What Zogby has done is pick two things and do a poor job of handling either. He's a person with huge resources who could have found out definitively. He ignored the other concerns about Rahm Emanuel. He ignored Rahm's hawkish votes about Iraq and other matters. He ignored Rahm's work to undermine peace candidates in the Democratic Party. He ignored Rahm's seat on the Board of Directors of the now collapsed/bailed out Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (aka Freddie Mac).

Zogby cut nobody any slack for even raising questions about Rahm Emanuel.

It appears that James Zogby is being sure not to offend the system that butters his bread.

It was the Irgun that massacred the village of Deir Yassin. Menachem Begin, who headed the Irgun that was founded by Vladimir Jabotinsky, even bragged about it in his book entitled, "The Revolt." I read about the massacre. The Irgun went door-to-door slitting the throats of everyone — men, women, and children.

Menachem Begin became the Prime Minister of Israel. Benjamin Emanuel, Rahm's father, was a member of the Irgun. Read the earlier parts of this series for more background on the controversy.

Also, Rahm Emanuel does hold dual citizenship according to Rabbi Michael Lerner.
"Rahm Emanuel is no Reason for Hope or Celebration," by Rabbi Michael Lerner. The American Muslim. November 7, 2008.

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