Lapid: All hate is anti-Semitism

Foreign Minister says 'anti-Semites were slave traders, Hutu's who slaughtered Tutsi's, those who kill LGBT youth.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid courted controversy by allegedly introducing a new definition of anti-Semitism at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism Wed.

Lapid claimed that "the anti-Semites weren't only in the Budapest ghetto. The anti-Semites were also slave traders who threw threw people bound together with chains into the sea. The anti-Semites were the extremist Hutu in Rwanda who massacred Tutsis. The anti-Semites are Muslim fanatics who have murdered millions of other Muslims in the past century."

He continued, ''The anti-Semites are ISIS and Boko Harem. The anti-Semites are people who beat LGBT people to death. The anti-Semites are those who hunt people not because of what they did, but because of who they are. Because of how they were born."

"Anti-Semitism isn't the first name of hate, it's the family name. It is anyone who hates so much that they want to kill and eliminate and persecute and expel people just because they are different," the foreign minister added.

MK Ofir Sofer of the Religious Zionism faction reacted sharply and attacked Lapid: "The official Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, Yair Lapid, redefines anti-Semitism, and legitimizes anti-Semitism in a way that borders on denying the existence of hatred of Jews. These are statements that the Jewish people have fought for years. What an embarrassment."

MK Amichai Chikli (Yamina) responded: "What ignorance, it is urgent to complete his matriculation." MK Simcha Rotman of the Religious Zionis, faction said that Lapid's remarks were a "strategic attack on Israel's long-standing struggle to adopt the definition" of anti-Semitism.