What some Jewish Groups are “demanding” now.

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Note:   There has been a bit of excitement today in the international Community.  It’s as tho all hell were breaking loose.  We can read about it in an Israeli newspaper.  You’ll notice that I’ve highlighted a few words in Ha’aretz‘s article.  From my humble/prayerful perspective, what our Ambassador to Belgium said is true.  It is reasonable to assume that President Obama was not surprised by the excitement.  He was prepared.   Peace, Roy

Click here: Jewish groups demand Obama action over Belgium envoy’s anti-Semitism remarks – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

  • Published 13:18 04.12.11
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    demand Obama action over Belgium envoy’s anti-Semitism remarks

    U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman said Muslim anti-Semitism stems from Israel-Palestine conflict; White House issues statement condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.By Danna HarmanTags: anti-SemitismJewish WorldBarack Obama

    Some Jewish groups and others were demanding Sunday that United States President Barak Obama take action against his ambassador to Belgium, following comments the envoy made to the effect that Israel’s political positions serve as some sort of explanation for anti-Semitism amongst Muslims.

    Ambassador Howard Gutman, who is Jewish, made the controversial remarks at a conference on anti-Semitism organized by the European Jewish Union in Brussels last week.

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    “A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned, and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Gutman reportedly told those gathered, going on to argue that “…an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.”

    In reaction to the comments, and the subsequent uproar they caused, the White House released a statement distancing itself from Gutman’s words: “We condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and that there is never any justification for prejudice against the Jewish people or Israel,” read the statement, which was sent out over the weekend to Jewish leaders.

    But Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich joined those arguing that a verbal rebuke was not enough. “Pres Obama should fire his ambassador to Brussels for being so wrong about anti-Semitism,” Gingrich tweeted on his account.

    Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks echoed these sentiments, adding that: “The linkage in the ambassador’s remarks, blaming Israel for anti-Semitism, is a short step from the linkage that President Obama has expressed several times himself, that Israel is to blame for the unrest and instability in the Middle East. Both forms of linkage are fundamentally wrong.”

    Gutman, a lawyer by profession, was appointed ambassador to Belgium after raising major funds for Obama’s 2008 elections campaign.

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