Target: Mitt Romney
Goal: Publicly apologize for ignorant and racist remarks about Palestine.
During his recent visit to Israel to garner support from Jewish donors in Jerusalem, Mitt Romney made a series of racist and bigoted statements about Israel’s economy being superior to Palestine’s because of “culture… and the hand of providence.” Alongside his blatant disregard for American foreign policy (Romney declaring Jerusalem to be the capitol of Israel), the statements also showed his ignorance of political and social issues in the area. There do exist massive differences in the economic prevalence of each nation, but many scholars and experts attribute this in large part to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and economic and political restrictions put on Palestine by its neighbors.
Many within Palestine have called the statements derogatory, unhelpful, and hypocritical, commenting that they go against America’s history of support for a two-state system in the area. While Romney has since attempted to clarify his statements about “culture” and “the hand of providence” in Palestine’s economy, he holds tight to his argument that Jerusalem belongs solely to Israel, which will help him grow support from the Jewish constituency. These statements come amid Romney’s so-far unsuccessful world tour, shortly after insulting Britain’s ability to keep people safe during the Olympics and shortly before his falling out with Polish union workers.
Even in his attempt to clarify these statements, Romney discusses the importance of culture in economics, which ignores Israeli oppression on the Palestinian economy. These statements are bigoted and ignorant, and reflect poorly on the American government abroad. Tell Mitt Romney to publicly apologize for his statements about the Palestinian economic situation.
Dear Mitt Romney,
Your recent trip to Jerusalem has created a good deal of controversy, and rightfully so. Comments made about how Palestine’s economy is weak due to its culture, while Israel’s is strong due to “the hand of providence” were racist, bigoted, and ignorant of larger human rights and political issues occurring in the West Bank. It was also a risky move to publicly support Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel while overseas, an idea that goes against current American foreign policy supporting a two-state system.
In an attempt to gain support from the Jewish constituency, you have offended many supporters of Palestine, and minimized the oppression occurring within the nation by Israeli government forces. We urge you to issue a public apology for your ignorant and bigoted statements against Palestine, and stop using offensive and untruthful tactics to garner political support.
[Your Name Here]