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Pompeo at AIPAC says ‘Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism’

Tuesday 26/March/2019 - 10:37 AM
Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the growing rise in anti-Semitism around the world Monday، telling a massive crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s that anti-Zionism is commensurate to Jew-hatred، the Times of Israel reported.

“Let me go on the record،” he said، “anti-Zionism is anti-semitism.”

Addressing AIPAC’s 2019 Policy Conference، America’s top diplomat celebrated US President Donald Trump recognizing the Golan Heights as part of sovereign Israel alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House hours earlier. Pompeo visited the Golan last week during a tour of the Middle East.

“Just a short while ago President Trump، alongside Prime Minister Netanyahu، signed a decree، a decree affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan،” Pompeo told the crowd of 18،000. “What a truly great two days for two great nations.”

During his speech، Pompeo also attacked the British Labour Party’s “tolerance of anti-Semitism in its ranks” as a “national disgrace،” in unusually strong criticism of the close ally’s opposition.

Labour made strong gains in Britain’s 2017 elections under leader Jeremy Corbyn، a veteran leftist and supporter of pro-Palestinian causes.

Corbyn says he is not anti-Semitic and has vowed to root out bigotry against Jews. But nine members of the party have quit، with many citing alleged anti-Jewish racism. One of them، Jewish lawmaker Luciana Berger، said she received death threats amid a slew of abuse and concluded that the party had become institutionally anti-Semitic.

Edited By: Nada Moustafa

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