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U.S. won't dismiss official following anti-Semitism comment
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The United States won't take action against the American envoy to Belgium over his recent and controversial comments on anti-Semitism, a top U.S. official said on Monday.

The statement was made following a demand by some Jewish groups and others that United States President Barak Obama take action against Howard Gutman, after the latter had told a conference on anti-Semitism organized by the European Jewish Union that Israels political positions serve as an explanation for anti-Semitism amongst Muslims.

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, who is Jewish, reportedly told those gathered, going on to argue that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism."

His remarks drew criticism from several Jewish organizations that called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to rebuke him. On Sunday, two Republican presidential contenders went further, calling for Gutman's resignation.

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/u-s-won-t-dismiss-o...
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