New York - NYS Officials To Demand Kissinger Apology Over Anti-Semitic Remarks
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 â€śself-hating Jewâ€ť Kissinger to the Jewish community at a press conference scheduled for tomorrow.
â€śThe emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,â€ť then Secretary of State Kissinger is quoted as saying to President Nixon on a 1973 recording. â€śAnd if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.â€ť Kissingerâ€™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.
â€śIt is unbelievable how cavalier and heartless Mr. Kissinger was when considering the lives and safety of Soviet Jews,â€ť Hikind said. â€śGenocide is always an American concern.â€ť
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said, â€śWe all have a duty to stand up to anti-Semitism, in both our public and our personal lives. Henry Kissingerâ€™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.â€ť
Kissinger has defended his comments saying, â€śThe quotations ascribed to me in the transcript of the conversation with President Nixon must be viewed in the context of the time.â€ť
â€śAs 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,â€ť added Hikind. â€śThere is absolutely no justification for these comments. Mr. Kissinger is simply a creep.â€ť
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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