- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Maryland mayor has quit his lifelong membership at the exclusive Woodmont Country Club in Rockville over reports that the historically Jewish club might block President Obama from joining because of his treatment of Israel.

Jeffrey Slavin, the mayor of the Montgomery County town of Somerset, wrote an email on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the club’s general manager announcing that he was quitting his membership due to “intolerance” in the community, The Washington Post reported.

Mr. Obama has golfed at the Woodmont Country Club four times during his presidency, and The New York Post reported that he was looking to join the elite club once he becomes a private citizen.

The president’s clashes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, has caused infighting at the club over whether to accept his membership.

“In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership,” a source told The New York Post.

“He has created a situation in the world where Israel’s very existence is weakened and possibly threatened …” longtime club member Faith Goldstein wrote in an email obtained by The Washington Post. “He is not welcome at Woodmont. His admittance would create a storm that could destroy our club.”

Mr. Slavin’s email, obtained by The Washington Post, read:

“I can no longer belong to a community:

Where Intolerance is accepted,

Where History is forgotten,

Where Freedom of Speech is denied,

And where the nation’s first black president is disrespected.”

Mr. Slavin thanked the club for “many great memories” and signed the email, “Stay Woke.”

He later told The Washington Post that he was inspired to resign after hearing the Rev. William J. Barber II speak Friday night at a Martin Luther King Jr. service in Washington, D.C.

“I decided that unless someone did something bold, the club would do nothing,” Mr. Slavin said.

“Dr. Martin Luther King stated in 1963, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy,’” he said. “I felt I couldn’t let this go on any longer.”

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