Mitt Romney creates fresh divisions on Israel tour with ‘racist’ economic remarks
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been accused of undermining the Middle East peace process and making “racist” statements during his trip to Israel, where he referred to Jerusalem as the country’s capital and told wealthy Jewish donors that their culture is part of the reason Israelis are more economically successful than nearby Palestinians.
Within days of being publicly criticized by the British prime minister for his statements about the Olympics, Romney’s comments once again put him at the centre of an international dustup.
“It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told The Associated Press.
“It seems to me this man (Romney) lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people,” Erekat added. “He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”
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