Written by Maureen ShameeWASHINGTON (EJP)—Following a series of tweets by conservative pundit Ann Coulterthat many considered as anti-Semitic, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has urged Fox News channel, where she regularly appears, to dismiss her if she fails to apologize.
Coulter made the controversial tweets earlier this week during the Republican presidential candidates debate. In the course of the debate, Coulter grew antagonistic towards GOP candidates speaking of the need to strengthen ties with Israel and assist her in potentially defending herself against a nuclear armed Iran.
“How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” Coulter said on Twitter at the end of the three-hour debate between Republican presidential candidates on Wednesday evening, when four of eleven candidates mentioned their support for Israel in their closing remarks.
The four candidates were former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem as one of his first acts as president, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
At one point, Coulter took aim at Huckabee, writing: “Good Grief, Huckabee is running for prime minister of Israel.”
The backlash was instantaneous. Followers accused Coulter of being “anti-Semitic,” and “desperate for attention,” calling her statement “f—ing offensive.” Several followers mentioned they believed her account had been hacked while others suggested she was drunk after playing a drinking game while viewing the debate.
In a statement, ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Last night, Ann Coulter made appalling, anti-Jewish remarks which evoked the classic, anti-Semitic trope about Jewish manipulation of America for the purposes of supporting Israel at America’s expense.’’
“When GOP candidates speak of strengthening the U.S/Israel relationship which has been harmed by President Obama within the context of the need to ensure that Iran doesn’t go nuclear; to strengthen America’s hand in the world when dealing with vicious totalitarian enemies who seek the demise of the U.S., they are defending America’s interests,,’ he said.
“Instead, and for reasons best known to her, she chose to misrepresent their entirely legitimate statements as pandering to Jews. She was thereby essentially calling them dishonest –– speaking out about the U.S./Israel relationship, not because they truly believed they should, but to pander to American Jews who, supposedly, are the key to the next election.’’
According to Klein, “The irony is that most American Jews would likely not vote for a GOP candidate, no matter how pro-Israel. The idea that the GOP candidates are insincere in their professions of support for Israel and are instead pandering to Jews, apart from being sinister and offensive, is also absurd.’’
“Ann Coulter is known for making harsh and sweeping statements, but I wonder, would she have ever dared spoken of ‘f—ing blacks’ or ‘f—ing Hispanics’? “I doubt it. This shows that it seems to be becoming permissible to say anything about Jews,’’ he added.
“Ann Coulter was gratuitously offensive and anti-Jewish in her remarks on twitter yesterday,” Klein said. “If such was not her intention, there is a simple remedy: she should immediately retract and make a heartfelt apology for her words.”
“Failing this, Fox News should dismiss her immediately,” Klein said.