Hajaig apologises for Jewish tirade

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Fatima Hajaig has apologised for what was perceived as anti-Semitic...

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Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on">Fatima Hajaig has apologised for what was perceived as anti-Semitic remarks made at a rally last month.

Hajaig was quoted as saying that the control of <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">America</country-region> just like the control of most western countries, was in the hands of Jewish money.

The statement caused outrage among the Jewish community but Hajaig said that she was referring to the <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza conflict, and did not mean to offend the public.

β€œI regret the inference made by some that I am anti-Jewish. I do not believe that the cause of the Palestinians is served by any anti-Jewish racism. As a member of the South African government, I subscribed to the values and principles of non-racism and condemn without equivocation all forms of racism including anti-Semitism,” said Hajaig.

Hajaig apologised by saying: β€œTo the extent that my statement may have caused hurt and pain, I offer an unequivocal apology for the pain it may have caused to the people of our country and the Jewish community in particular.”