A 2010 photo has emerged reportedly showing President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother, Malik Obama, wearing a special scarf — known as a “keffiyeh” — with two anti-Israel slogans belonging to the radical Islamic terror group Hamas.
“Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING,” reads one of the messages, according to translations from the Daily Mail and Walid Shoebat. “From the river to the sea,” reads the other.
Blogger Walid Shoebat, who claims he is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was first to flag the photo.
The Daily Mail explains the meaning behind the slogans on the keffiyeh:
That rallying cry refers to Palestinian militants’ belief that the territory representing Israel, with the Jordan River to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, rightfully belongs to them – and Israel should not exist.
The photo appears on the website of the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a group that Malik founded and manages, despite its lack of a connection with he U.S. president. The name in the organization’s title refers to the president’s father, the parent whom the two men share in common.
Just like with other members of his family, the White House has attempted to distance the president from Malik Obama, even though he was the best man at Obama’s wedding.
Further, in an interview with GQ in 2013, Malik Obama said he and the president talk regularly and described their relationship as “close.”
“Of course we’re close!” he said. “’I’m the one who brought him here to Kogelo in 1988! I thought it was important for him to come home and see from whence his family came – you know, his roots.”
Malik Obama, a practicing Muslim, has also expressed interest in running for president in Kenya, a largely Christian nation. If he is now embracing a more radical version of Islam, like the ideology implemented by Hamas, it would be a notable shift in his belief system.
There are still many details about the photo unknown at this point. TheBlaze has reached out to the White House for comment and will update this story should they respond.