Obama Camp in Hassidic Sukkahs

The Obama camp dwelled in Satmar sukkahs during the holiday to drum up support while a Hamas spokesman told WABC radio, "Joe Biden is a great man."

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu,

The Obama camp went on the "sukkah circuit" this week in the Brooklyn, New York community of Williamsburg's Hassidic Jews, including those in the anti-Zionist Satmar sect.


Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York spoke in a sukkah (a tabernacle which Jews dwell in during the Sukkot Holiday) while wearing a kippah [skullcap] stamped with the words "my Bubby votes for Obama." He touted Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama as good for Israel.


The Senator's Jewish outreach director, Jeremy Goldberg, told the Jewish Forward that aides are holding similar events in the community of the Satmar sect, which opposes the existence of the State of Israel.


Obama this week received backing from the Hamas terrorist organization, which earlier in the year was cool to him because of his statement that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel. He immediately backtracked from his statement following fierce Arab objections and tried to explain that he really meant the city should not be divided by barbed wire, as it was during the Jordanian occupation between 1947 and 1967.


Hamas spokesman and advisor Ahmed Yousef told WABC's John Batchelor this week that an Obama administration would be "more fair and impartial" than the Bush government. He referred to Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden as "a great man." Yousef added, "We do count on him also as a good partner with Mr. Obama to put the right policy regarding how to handle the problems in the region."


Prior to Sen. Obama's statement on Jerusalem, Hamas had compared him with former President John F. Kennedy. Obama's chief strategist David Axelrod said he was "flattered" by the comparison.