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June 12, 2013 11:13 am

British MP Apologizes for Calling IDF Soldier a ‘Bloody Jew’

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Screen shot of former British MP caught on camera calling female IDF soldier a "bloody Jew." Photo: Youtube.

A former British Shadow Minister who was caught on camera describing an IDF soldier as a “bloody Jew” has apologized for his remarks, the UK’s Jewish News reports.

British Member of Parliament Patrick Mercer told the website: “I’d like to apologize unreservedly for any offense I’ve caused to all my friends in the Jewish community.”

He added that he felt “extremely sorry” on watching the video of his remarks.

While being filmed as part of a Daily Telegraph and BBC Panorama sting operation, Mercer recounted a meeting with a female IDF soldier while on a visit to Israel. When the young woman told him she was a soldier, he thought: “You don’t look like a soldier to me. You look like a bloody Jew.”

Mercer told the Jewish News he will be writing to Chief Rabbi Lord sacks to express his remorse. He also said that he had a “terrific connection with the [Jewish]community” over the years and had been contacted by “Jewish friends who have been extremely supportive” since the story broke.

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