Fidel Castro's statements on Israel called anti-Semitic
By LUISA YANEZ
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Broward County is denouncing
anti-Israel statements made this week by former Cuban President Fidel
Castro, which she calls ``outrageous'' and ``anti-Semitic.''
Castro, who often issues his musings on world affairs through the
government-run media, said this week that:
``The hatred felt by the state of Israel against the Palestinians is
such that they would not hesitate to send the 1 ½ million men, women and
children of that country to the crematoria where millions of Jews of all
ages were exterminated by the Nazis,'' Castro said. ``It would seem that
the Fuehrer's swastika is today Israel's banner,'' he said, referencing
In a prepared statement, Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Weston whose
district stretches from Broward County to North Miami-Dade, said:
``These outrageous anti-Semitic comments are an insult to the millions
of Jews who were systematically killed or tortured by the Nazis,''
Wasserman Schultz said. ``To compare the people who survived Nazi death
camps, or their relatives, to Nazis themselves shows an inexcusable
level of ignorance and insensitivity to the Jewish people.''
Castro's comments come at a time when the United Nations Human Rights
Council is debating Israel's actions last month when it boarded a ship
that tried to break the country's naval blockade on Gaza.
Wasserman Shultz said although Castro is no longer officially in power
-- his brother Raúl is Cuba's leader -- Fidel Castro's statements are
still viewed as island's official stand.
``These aren't just the comments of some doddering anti-Semite who is
losing his faculties,'' Wasserman Schultz said. ``These malicious
comments were officially distributed by Cuba's government. They should
be seen as what they are -- an official position of the Cuban government
and endorsement of hateful anti-Semitism.''