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Published on: December 20, 2010 03:23 PM
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New York - In the wake of the revelation of anti-Semitic remarks by former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Senator Eric Adams, and other elected officials will demand a formal apology from “self-hating Jew” Kissinger to the Jewish community at a press conference scheduled for tomorrow.

“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” then Secretary of State Kissinger is quoted as saying to President Nixon on a 1973 recording. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.” Kissinger’s remarks came after a meeting with Nixon and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on March 1, 1973, in which Meir pleads for United States pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jewish citizens.

“It is unbelievable how cavalier and heartless Mr. Kissinger was when considering the lives and safety of Soviet Jews,” Hikind said. “Genocide is always an American concern.”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said, “We all have a duty to stand up to anti-Semitism, in both our public and our personal lives. Henry Kissinger’s recently revealed remarks, suggesting the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American concern, are shocking. Mr. Kissinger should immediately issue an apology which, while decades overdue, is all too necessary given the callousness of his words.”

Kissinger has defended his comments saying, “The quotations ascribed to me in the transcript of the conversation with President Nixon must be viewed in the context of the time.”

“As a child of Holocaust survivors, and as the representative of the largest contingent of Holocaust survivors, hearing these remarks from a Henry Kissinger is incomprehensible,” added Hikind. “There is absolutely no justification for these comments. Mr. Kissinger is simply a creep.”

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said: “It boggles my mind to know that the man responsible for these comments was the Secretary of State of the United States of America, and a Jew himself.” “There is no excuse for this violation of basic decency. These comments were a despicable insult to all Americans; Jewish, Russian, and otherwise.”


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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:34 PM joeynathan Says:

this is what these people spend there time doing , however to help our yeshivos forget about it.
to stand together with people like Eric Adams to tell me about anti-Semitism is like standing with a drunk with a bottle of open whiskey in his hands .

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:39 PM Rabbi Says:

If genocide is always an american issue why arent we doing anything in Darfur?

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Why on earth should he apologize for something he said 40 years ago. If so, then all of these righteous politicians should apologize for things they said 40 years ago.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:02 PM in the context of the time!!!!! Says:

CHUTZPAH - UNBRIDLED CHUTZPAH. There is no excuse Kissinger, and if you were an ounce of a man, never mind a Jew, you would apologize with no effort at an excuse. It was uncouth and vulgar to say the least. Were you trying to curry favor? However, we should not be surprised - when you spurned your best childhood friend, Willie Furtwangler, from Furth, Germany, and then who was your friend in NYC, in the King David hotel who happened to see you and excitedly called out your real name 'Heinz' (Pages 266-269 - The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner)!
Your arrogance is beyond compare. Bottom line Kissinger - YOU ARE A JEW, although not a very good one - AND IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE!!!!!

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:26 PM US Citizen Says:

If you ever take the time to read about Henry Kissinger, this should not be a surprise. He has done enourmous damage to Israel while he was Secretary of State, alway tried to prove to his cronies that he can be trusted because he hates the Jews as much as Hitler. You should read the Book written by John Loftus, who exposes some of Henry Kissinger's deeds YMSH.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:29 PM Anonymous Says:

I went to school with a relative of his, very frum woman, lives in Eretz Yisrael. It's good Kissinger's parents aren't alive to hear about all this. One can just imagine their reaction and his parents were frum.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:29 PM yudel Says:

Appologies?, He's a farbrenteh antisemit. How many yidel were killed in Eretz yisroel & other parts of the world because of his antisemitisim, arogance & dancing mah-yofis.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, we, in Boro Park love you!!!

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:42 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #2  
Rabbi Says:

If genocide is always an american issue why arent we doing anything in Darfur?

Darfur? You mean a region where two feuding groups of muslims kill each other in large numbers? What do you think 'we' should be doing about it? Other than staying out of their way, of course.

I read that when the war broke out between Iran and Iraq in 1980's, Kissinger's publicly uttered reaction was: "It's a shame they can't both lose!" I coundn't express the sentiment any better.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 04:46 PM Anonymous Says:

I think 40years ago is a long while to go blame someone!
And sometime people need to be able to be frank with one another to make tough decisions. So wiki leaks is B''S! But an apologie will be excepted!@

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:09 PM Reb Yid Says:

Eh...let him not apologize and rather stand by what he says. That way we'll know what kind of person he really is. When you force someone to apologize they don't mean it and they just do it to make themselves look good.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:11 PM anonymous Says:

If we start to apologize there is need of a large number of apologies by cold hearted apathic employees of the Joint Distribution who failed and disregarded the pleas for help by survivors in 1945. We were disposable merchandise. The employees all Jews who lived the life of a king in Europe and gave a hoot oabout these wretched survivors. There is need of more than a apology how we were treated and how they abused their function. Kissinger was the secretary of state for the United States Government but these worked for "American Joint Distribution Committee" a Jewish organization supposedly assisting the survivors

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:25 PM kalman1 Says:

could someone tell me whats logically wrong eith that statement. if he would have said taht the genocide in darfur is not an american concern but a humanitarian one, would that be a problem. (although for a jew to express that statement that kissinger made was callous , it doesn't make it an antisemitic statemen. it might prove kissinger hs no heart but that is an old story)

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:31 PM FredE Says:

What he said provides the biggest rayah for Zionism. Since America cant be trusted to look after our interests, we need a state and an army to take of our interests ourselves. We can infight amongst ourselves plenty, but we shouldnt forget that yesod.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:52 PM VeyIzMir Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Why on earth should he apologize for something he said 40 years ago. If so, then all of these righteous politicians should apologize for things they said 40 years ago.

Of course he should apologize! Just because this happened 40 years ago does not make it any better than if be said it yesterday.

Perhaps the Germans should not apologize for the Shoah because it happened 70 years ago!

When someone says something offensive, an apology is on order no matter the time one said it.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 07:23 PM FredE Says:

Reply to #13  
kalman1 Says:

could someone tell me whats logically wrong eith that statement. if he would have said taht the genocide in darfur is not an american concern but a humanitarian one, would that be a problem. (although for a jew to express that statement that kissinger made was callous , it doesn't make it an antisemitic statemen. it might prove kissinger hs no heart but that is an old story)

The problem is that it implies that human rights has no role in American foreign policy. Zilch. This leads (rather, lead, as in past tense) to some very horrendous things...

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 07:40 PM independent_mind Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

Darfur? You mean a region where two feuding groups of muslims kill each other in large numbers? What do you think 'we' should be doing about it? Other than staying out of their way, of course.

I read that when the war broke out between Iran and Iraq in 1980's, Kissinger's publicly uttered reaction was: "It's a shame they can't both lose!" I coundn't express the sentiment any better.

What a busha and what a chillul Hashem u r writing here. What is happening/happened in Darfur is NOT fighting between two muslim groups but sadly a genocide... maybe read up about it before making such remarks.
Its sad how the world will never learn...

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
in the context of the time!!!!! Says:

CHUTZPAH - UNBRIDLED CHUTZPAH. There is no excuse Kissinger, and if you were an ounce of a man, never mind a Jew, you would apologize with no effort at an excuse. It was uncouth and vulgar to say the least. Were you trying to curry favor? However, we should not be surprised - when you spurned your best childhood friend, Willie Furtwangler, from Furth, Germany, and then who was your friend in NYC, in the King David hotel who happened to see you and excitedly called out your real name 'Heinz' (Pages 266-269 - The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner)!
Your arrogance is beyond compare. Bottom line Kissinger - YOU ARE A JEW, although not a very good one - AND IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE!!!!!

WOW! you read a book! and you assume that it must be true, so you can yell at Kissinger, while sitting home on your behind and doing NOTHING to help Jews anywhere.

You have no idea what Kissinger has done, or why he said what he said, if he did in fact say it.

But your condescending, self-righteous attitutde about hearsay makes you a very angry and sad little man.

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 Dec 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #17  
independent_mind Says:

What a busha and what a chillul Hashem u r writing here. What is happening/happened in Darfur is NOT fighting between two muslim groups but sadly a genocide... maybe read up about it before making such remarks.
Its sad how the world will never learn...

While a Pavlovian response from an "independent mind" such as yours isn't in the least surprising, still, what is your problem here? Call it genocide, call it civil war, call it struggle for power, call it political dispute... if it means muslims killing each other - ken yirbu! I wish it goes on for long time. I also thought that Iran-Iraq war ended regretfully soon.

As for your suggestion that I 'read up', you are on. If you can suggest the source that uses expressions such as "u r" and yet has something remotely intelligent to convey, I may give it a try.

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 Dec 21, 2010 at 04:16 PM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Reply to #17  
independent_mind Says:

What a busha and what a chillul Hashem u r writing here. What is happening/happened in Darfur is NOT fighting between two muslim groups but sadly a genocide... maybe read up about it before making such remarks.
Its sad how the world will never learn...

About the size of Texas, the Darfur region of Sudan is home to racially mixed tribes of settled peasants, who identify as African, and nomadic herders, who identify as Arab. The majority of people in both groups are Muslim.

In the ongoing genocide, African farmers and others in Darfur are being systematically displaced and murdered at the hands of the Janjaweed, a government-supported militia recruited from local Arab tribes. The genocide in Darfur has claimed 400,000 lives and displaced over 2,500,000 people. More than one hundred people continue to die each day; five thousand die every month.

Government neglect has left people throughout Sudan poor and voiceless and has caused conflict throughout the country. In February 2003, frustrated by poverty and neglect, two Darfurian rebel groups launched an uprising against the Khartoum government.

The government responded with a scorched-earth campaign, enlisting the help of a militia of Arab nomadic tribes in the region against the innocent civilians of Darfur.

Since February 2003, the Sudanese government in Khartoum and the government-sponsored Janjaweed militia have used rape, displacement, organized starvation, threats agains

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