Israel Deputy FM Elkin: Calls to ‘Freeze Construction in Judea and Samaria Are Anti-Semitism’

August 21, 2013 7:39 pm 12 comments
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (left) with Brazilian Senator Flexa Ribeiro and Henrique Eduardo Alves, President of the Chamber of Deputies. Photo: Israeli Embassy in Brazil.

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (left) with Brazilian Senator Flexa Ribeiro and Henrique Eduardo Alves, President of the Chamber of Deputies. Photo: Israeli Embassy in Brazil.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said international calls for Israel to “freeze construction in Judea and Samaria are anti-Semitism,” in an interview with Brazilian daily O Estado de Sao Paolo, during a trip this week and last to Latin America.

“Imagine this elsewhere: members of a specific group forbidden to build houses. Everyone would say that is a racist decision,” Elkin said. “We cannot be the only country in the world to say, because of the fact that you are Jewish, you are forbidden to build homes in Jerusalem.”

Elkin will meet Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota this week in Brasilia, and was asked what his message would be for Brazil, a country that recognized the Palestinian Authority’s 2012 unilateral declaration of independence, and became one of its largest donors.

“I want to talk about our friendship: there is deep disagreement between our two countries. Brazil understands that we need to take care of our security, for without it, peace is impossible. Only direct talks can bring peace and, paradoxically, those who support Palestinian unilateral initiatives at the UN are the ones that hurt the chances of reaching an agreement. But my suggestion to the Minister will be to focus on the big interests. Israel is a technological powerhouse and Brazil, a global leader,” he said.

12 Comments

  • an Israeli observer

    It is always wonderful to see, once again, that we have such deeply “enlightened” and, I might add, “brilliant” MKs who have the inability to separate legitimate criticism of Israel (even if you don’t agree with that criticism) and antisemitism. I believe that Obama’s policy towards Latin America is inadequate. I guess that makes me anti-Christian.

  • in this weeks Torah portion itself it says at least twelve times the land that G-d your G-d gives you first verse in the portion Ki Savo 26.1 And it will be when you will come to the land that G-d your G-d gives an inheritance and you will inherit and sit in it verse. 2.that you will bring from your land that G-d your G-d gives to you. 3.since I came to the land that G-d swore to our fathers to give to us. 9.And G-d gave us this land a land flowing with milk and honey.10.And now behold I brought the first fruit of the land that Hashem gave me.11.And you should rejoice with all the good that Hashem your G-d gave you.15.And bless the nation yisrael and the land that he gave to us like he swore to our fathers a land dripping with milk and honey.27.2.You will cross the jorden river to the land that hashem your G-d gives to you should erect big stones.3.And you should write all the words of this Torah when you pass in order that you shall come to the land that Hashem your G-d gives to you a land flowing with milk and honey like Hashem the G-d of our fathers spoke to us.28.8.and he will bless you in the land that Hashem your G-d gives to you.11.On the land that Hashem swore to your fathers to give to you.63.from the land that you come over there to inherit. I think 12 times in the Torah is enough times to prove that the land is the jewish peoples thank you very much and good Shabbos

  • Stephen Verchinski

    It is why the boycott of Israel products must continue as well as divestiture as well as condemnation of any attempts by John Kerry to meet with this government without withdrawal being done immediately. Ben Gurion is dead and the Zionist view of stealing land to make his dream a reality is also something that deserves to die. Humanity demands it.

  • It sounds like any mention of Israel, besides Kissing its A..s, is anti Semitic . That makes so much sense, keep it up. Are you in this site 100% believe that Israel is just Holy, and can do no wrong? Its good to tell us what you think, because we and the majority of people around the world are taking you for normal humans? Are we that wrong?

  • the last line of this article is absolutely hillarious..

  • “We cannot be the only country in the world to say, because of the fact that you are Jewish, you are forbidden to build homes in Jerusalem.”

    But you can be the only country where only Jews are allowed to settle. Jews have built and keep building thousands of houses on illegally occupied land. Isn’t it “anti-semitism” to push Palestinians out of their homes and land just to make room for more imported Jews?

    • Can you be this blinded by hate for Jews? What do you mean by “only Jews are allowed to settle”, really? We’ve taken in refugees from Syra, Chad, Sudan, all Muslim’s, why, because G-d say’s we should help the down trodden. As for illegal building, there are ten’s of thousands of illegal Arab homes all over Israel. Unlike Gush Katif, and Gaza, we don’t destroy their homes to make room.
      As for imported Jews, our largest single importation came when the surrounding Arab nations decided they couldn’t have Jews living in their cities, and drove a million of us from our homes. But that won’t be a problem for you Stan, will it. Good luck with that Mein Kamf thing.

    • its not the Palestinians land its the jewish peoples gift from Hashem like it says about 100 Times in the Torah

      • That’s it? That’s your deed of ownership? You think that the Torah is a legal document? That that argument supersedes the rights of people who have been living there for centuries? You’re a moron.

        • The Jews have lived in Judea and Sumaria for thousands of years. Why do Arabs have any more right to the land than Jews?

    • You don’t have to be Jewish to settle in Israel. Over one million Arabs live freely in Israel as well as many Christians. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians can live and pray with out fear.

    • Judaea and Samaria (the West Bank) are not illegally occupied. They are disputed territories that belong to no one. Israel concurred the West Bank in a defensive war with Jordan. Palestine never existed as a country, so how can it be illegally occupied? Who does it belong to? No one.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Featured Sports World Palestinian Soccer League Withdraws Bid to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Palestinian Soccer League Withdraws Bid to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    The head of Israel’s soccer association called on his Palestinian counterpart to “join forces,” as the Palestinian Football Association withdrew its bid on Friday to have Israel suspended from FIFA. “Let’s leave it to the politicians to do politics,” said Israel Football Association chief Ofer Eini, moments after PFA Chairman Jibril Rajoub announced that his group had withdrawn the proposal. After his remarks, Eini shook hands with the Palestinian soccer chief. Rajoub thanked “those” who convinced him to drop the [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    JNS.org – An organization whose work focuses on the estimated population of 500,000-800,000 Israeli Americans congratulated David Blatt, the Jewish head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers and a longtime Israel-based coach, for clinching an appearance in the NBA Finals. The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose stated mission is “to build an active and giving Israeli-American community throughout the United States in order to strengthen the State of Israel, our next generation, and to provide a bridge to [...]

    Read more →
  • Food US & Canada Bacon Flavor Ben & Jerry’s ‘Not Gonna Happen’ Because it Wouldn’t be Kosher

    Bacon Flavor Ben & Jerry’s ‘Not Gonna Happen’ Because it Wouldn’t be Kosher

    Famed ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s will not be introducing a Bacon flavored product to its offerings because the company intends to keep its entire line kosher, Marketing Director Alison Gilbert told AOL’s morning show Rise recently. “It’s kind of funny, a lot of people look for bacon in our ice cream, which is probably not gonna happen because all of our ice cream is kosher,” she said, referring to Jewish dietary restrictions that proscribe the consumption of pig [...]

    Read more →
  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

    Read more →
  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.