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September 19, 2017 6:39 pm

‘I Am a Jew,’ Czech President Milos Zeman Tells Algemeiner Gala

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Czech President Miloš Zeman addresses The Algemeiner’s 2017 gala. Photo: algemeiner.com

More than 600 guests at The Algemeiner‘s annual gala in New York City on Monday night sat enthralled by a speech from Czech President Miloš Zeman, in which he talked of his love for Israel and the Jewish people, and ridiculed what he called the “yes, but…” method of supporting Israel.

“I paraphrased the famous slogan of John F. Kennedy, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner,'” Zeman told the crowd, as he recalled a speech he’d made at a major international conference.

Said Zeman, “I told them, ‘I am a Jew.'”  He then added in Hebrew – to warm applause from the crowd – “ani yehudi.”

Zeman, who was accepting The Algemeiner‘s “Warrior for Truth” award, declared that words by themselves were not enough. He highlighted the global risks facing Israel and the democratic world, especially “Islamic terrorism,” and the need for “concrete action.”

Zeman was scathing towards those who accept Israel as a fact, but do not respect its legitimacy. He noted that there are those who, when asked if they support Israel, answer, “yes, but…”

Zeman cited international refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an example of this attitude.

He ended by repeating his impassioned call for “real solidarity, and not solidarity in words only.”

Watch Czech President Miloš Zeman’s address at The Algemeiner gala below:

 

 

 

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  • Yohnitzl

    He’s not Jewish, though I love the solidarity he’s shown with this; sadly, in most other respects he’s a bad advertisement for the also otherwise low-antisemitism Czech Republic – famed for his public drunkenness and his cozy relationship with corrupt Russian or Chinese business ventures.

  • Hamanhanger

    Does that mean the Czech embassy is being moved to Israel’s capital???

  • Reb_Yaakov

    What is interesting is how many Jewish heads of state there have been in Europe, an accomplishment not replicated by the United States of America. It’s telling — although exactly what I’m not sure!

    • Yohnitzl

      Perhaps that Americans should stop the propaganda that Europe is an ‘antisemitic hell-hole’, and stop urging European Jews to leave it, not necessarily even for Israel but for the US or even any English-speaking country, including often antisemitic (and European) Britain!

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