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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-09 05:48 PM
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Olmert's Apology: 'Occupation' in Gaza Causes Anti-Semitism
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( Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel's occupation of Gaza was causing worldwide anti-Semitism. In his weekly cabinet meeting, Olmert said the restrictions on Gaza caused hatred, adding, It should be remembered that we see the occupation as problematic.

The Prime Minister, whose government supports the removal of Jews from most of Judea and Samaria, added, "As long as this reality continues, it makes it possible to attack Israel and gives anti-Jewish sources the opportunity to be heard. The complicated situation we're in encourages anti-Semitism.


His reference to Israel as occupiers was seen as an attack on more than 250,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria by his implicit reference of their presence as an "occupation," a term used by dovish groups who favor Israels surrendering all of the land restored to the Jewish State in the Six-Day War in 1967.

As long as we continue to be presented as occupiers, we'll continue to suffer from anti-Semitism. We'd do well not to forget the overall picture and the complex meaning of being an occupier, Olmert said.
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