U.S. Sends Greetings to Muslims Not Jews

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U.S. Sends Greetings to Muslims Not Jews
Both Jews and Muslims celebrated holidays in September, 2009. However, the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem — America’s representative in Israel’s capital — chose to focus entirely on Islam this year, while ignoring the Jewish holidays of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur completely.

The Consulate’s website features Eid il-Fitr greetings from U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Consul General Daniel Rubinstein. All three holiday wishes from American leaders to Muslims focused on messages such as "personal reflection" and "charity." In contrast, President Obama’s Rosh HaShana greeting, which is not on the site, included a brief promotion of his Israel-Palestinian Authority peace plan. (INN / Jerusalem on the Line 10/4/09)

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