‘Go Choke on a Latke’; Livid Social Media Users Respond to Kerry’s Hanukkah Greeting Issued Shortly After US Failure to Back Israel at UN
America’s top diplomat drew a flurry of ire and scorn in response to a Hanukkah greeting he tweeted on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the US allowed an anti-Israeli settlement UN Security Council resolution to pass.
“Happy Hanukkah!,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in the tweet. “May the lights of the menorah brighten your home and the year ahead. From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.”
Happy #Hanukkah! May the lights of the menorah brighten your home and the year ahead. From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) December 24, 2016
With many Jews and other members of the pro-Israel community still smarting from the Obama administration’s abstention from the vote on the resolution — which, among other things, deemed Israeli communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal — a fiery backlash to Kerry’s tweet was quick to come.
“Seriously? Go choke on a latke,” international human rights lawyer and freelance journalist Arsen Ostrovsky fumed.
Seriously? Go choke on a latke. https://t.co/4PGAGObZqA
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) December 24, 2016
Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Joshua Wander told Kerry, “[Y]ou know where you can stick your Hanukkah greetings!”
@JohnKerry you know where you can stick your Hanukkah greetings!
— Joshua Wander (@votewander) December 24, 2016
Rabbi Loren Sykes was more circumspect, tweeting, “Your holiday greetings are neither needed nor welcome. Your support at the UN was needed & you failed to provide it.”
@JohnKerry Your holiday greetings are neither needed nor welcome. Your support at the UN was needed & you failed to provide it.
— (((Rabbi_L_Sykes))) (@Rabbi_Sykes) December 24, 2016
Israeli political analyst Jeremy Saltan chimed in, “With all due respect, this is the wrong day to wish us a Happy Hanukkah.”
— Jeremy Man Saltan (@TheJeremyMan) December 24, 2016
Journalist Lori Lowenthal Marcus also called out Kerry, saying, “You dimmed many lights, but we hope for the last time. Please let the door hit u on the way out.”
.@JohnKerry You dimmed many lights, but we hope for the last time. Please let the door hit u on the way out.
— Lori LowenthalMarcus (@LoriLMarcus) December 24, 2016
Another journalist, Reuth Barak, asked the outgoing secretary of state, “[Y]ou wrote this with your middle finger, didn’t you?”
@JohnKerry you wrote this with your middle finger, didn’t you?
— Reuth Barak Rotter (@Rotterit) December 24, 2016
And pro-Israel activist Chloé Simone Valdary replied to Kerry with a simple, “Bruh.”
. @JohnKerry Bruh.
— Chloé Simone Valdary (@cvaldary) December 25, 2016
A Hanukkah greeting posted by the White House on Twitter on Saturday also attracted a slew of responses critical of the Obama administration’s decision to not thwart the approval of Friday’s Security Council resolution.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 24, 2016