What They're Saying on Bachmann, Gaddafi and Coco

Notable and quotable in the Middle East and the Jewish world

“It’s a real problem. We’re working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama’s Israel problem. This was surprising.”

Michele Bachmann.

A fund-raiser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, referring to peculiar instances of Jewish donors diverting their funds to the “Jewish candidate” Michele Bachmann, who in fact is Lutheran. Source: New York Post.

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“Does this man [i.e., the supposed author of the Protocols] not deserve a Nobel Prize for Literature after envisioning what the Zionists could do in the future, [considering that] what his fertile imagination came up with over 100 years ago has [actually] materialized in the Arab and Islamic reality? I am not familiar with this author, who was so skilled in analyzing the Zionist character.”

Columnist Ahmad Ghurab, in the Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar, on the narrative specified in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion for world domination being realized in today’s Arabic and Islamic world. Source: MEMRI.

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“She would hardly have formed a relationship with the family of the owners or counted Jewish people among her close friends and professional partners…had these really been her views. We also know that she and Churchill were close friends for a long time. She apparently approached him about acting as an intermediary between the Allies and the Germans for a peace settlement known as Operation Modelhut. No one knows for sure exactly what happened or what her role was to be. There are several different versions and it will no doubt always remain a mystery.”

 Coco Chanel.

A Chanel spokesman on accusations of Coco Chanel working as a spy for the Nazis in the newly released book “Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War,” by Hal Vaughan. Source: British Vogue.

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“Today we are seeing images of how the democratic European governments—well some of them are—are practically demolishing Tripoli with their bombs and the supposedly democratic government of the United States, because they feel like it.”

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez on Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s fall. Source: BBC.

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“Some of my Jewish friends are all ‘I would have divorced him in a second.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah? What would that have done?’ That’s what a marriage is all about. That’s what family is all about. We’re gonna get through this.”

Teresa Giudice of the Bravo network’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, on her husband Joe being on the hook for $260,000 after forging his business partner’s signature, forcing the family to claim bankruptcy. Source: Us Weekly.

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Posted on August 29, 2011 and filed under Politics, What They're Saying, World.