Thursday, February 12, 2015
White House Admits: Paris Attack was Anti-Semitic
White House spox finally stops justifying comment by Obama which suggested attack on kosher supermarket was just 'random'.
The Whitehas finally clarified that it does view the on a kosher in France last month as an anti-Semiticattack, despite a clumsy statement by President Barack Obama which appeared to otherwise.
The controversy began on Monday when, in an interview with Vox, Obama attempted to explain his administration's terrorism by stating: "It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you've got a bunch of violent vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris."
The claim that the four murdered Jewish shoppers were shot "randomly" - as opposed to targeted for being Jewish - provoked a storm of angry criticism on social media, particularly since terrorist Amedy Coulibaly specifically told police during the hostage situation at the Hyper Cacher store that "I have 16 hostages and I have killed four, and I targeted them because they were Jewish."
French officials, and even US Secretary of State John Kerry, all referred to the attack as an act of anti-Semitism in their responses - which seemed to suggest Obama was being clumsy with his language as opposed to representing the US government's actual stance on the matter.