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Jewish Democrats Blast Kerry for ‘Apartheid’ Remark

By: JTA

Jewish Democrats called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday to apologize for warning that the failure to achieve a two-state solution could lead to apartheid.

“We express our deep disappointment that the Secretary of State has chosen to invoke the specter of ‘apartheid’ in discussing his concerns about the failing peace process,” the National Jewish Democratic Council said in a statement.

Kerry made the remarks during a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, which includes senior officials from the United States, Europe, Russia and Japan.

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative,” Kerry said, according to the Daily Beast, “because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

The remarks drew sharp criticisms from Jewish groups, chief among them the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but the NJDC statement was notable in that partisan groups rarely criticize party leaders.

“We reject entirely that racially-based governance inherent in that word in any way describes Israel, as well as the implication that the government of Israel uses such prejudice to formalize disadvantages for any of its citizens or neighbors,” the NJDC said. “It is surprising that Secretary Kerry would use this term and he should apologize and eschew the use of that formulation in the future.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who is Jewish and who has strongly defended the Obama administration’s Israel record, also slammed the remarks on Twitter. “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous,” she said.

 

 

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11 Responses to “Jewish Democrats Blast Kerry for ‘Apartheid’ Remark”

  1. If Kerry did this he has lost all credibility and standing as any representative to Israel.

  2. Jewish Democrats should see this as the true colors of their party. =( Perhaps now, the scales will fall off…..

  3. מיין אָנזאָג צו קערי אויף זיין פריש אַנטי סעמיטיק סטאַטעמענט אויף אַפּאַרטהעיד. איר און דיין באַלעבאָס אבאמא קענען קוש מיין רעוויסיאָניסט ציעניסטיש טאָכעס.

  4. Rohan Menon says:

    Haha Kerry is getting a whipping from his own party!

  5. Cris Burns says:

    But thats wath Israel is. U guys stop criying and admit it…

  6. Gene Strong says:

    Obama administration is pro islam.and anti israel. American Jews support Obama…WTF ???

  7. Jennifer Moe says:

    Sorry but Jewish democrats are getting what they voted for. Did they not see what happened at the democratic convention! Maybe it’s time for them to pay better attention!

  8. Exactly. But I expect Christians as according to their nature to play to what best serves them which might also serve Israel and Jews. But this will not serve either.

  9. Judi Fradkin says:

    Schumer has said nothing so far…

  10. Jacob Vaknin says:

    They should ask for his resignation imidiatly.

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