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Clinton calls for release of Gilad Shalit — Palestinian American audience applauds

This moment, at about 23 minutes into the video*  was not an extraordinary one, to those familiar with the American Task Force on Palestine.

It’s a group that works closely with the Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian Authority, that rejects Hamas, that engages Jewish groups that also embrace two states.

Here it is from the transcript of the secretary of state’s remarks to the group’s dinner:

And finally, those states in the region that are supplying weapons to groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas must stop. (Applause.) They should publicly reject the divisive voices who seek to discourage peace. And I will repeat today what I have said many times before: Gilad Shalit must be released immediately and returned to his family. (Applause.)

But here’s the thing: There are groups (you know who you are) that pick obsessively, seeking indictment, through Obama administration remarks (did he say Muslim before Jewish? Did he mention Zion after Holocaust?) and through remarks by Abbas and his officials.

Now the ATFP is not the Ramallah street, it’s not the P.A., and Clinton is not Obama, but —  so at the very least, that their slew of indictments have any credibility — should these groups not  mention this incident as praiseworthy?

I’ll link to my brief on Clinton’s remarks when it’s up.

Here’s my brief.

*The video appears unembeddable.

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