United States / 19-07-2012
Local politician's emails spark firestorm
Evelyn Garcia, a Palm Beach County representative to the Democratic National Committee and a candidate for state representative, came under heavy criticism for remarks she made in a series of emails that have been viewed by some as antisemitic and anti-Israel.
The emails which were sent more than a year ago recently surfaced and sparked a firestorm among Jewish Democrats and Republicans alike.
In the private emails Garcia accused Israel of "crimes against humanity" and of running "mass concentration prison camps."
In one provocative email Garcia wrote, "The continued Israeli occupation of Palestine is ugly on moral, ethical, religious and legal grounds. Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust and it is time that this guilt trip was taken off their backs."
Garcia also said, "I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression, not to mention incursions that kill people, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over."
Mark Alan Siegel, Democratic Party county chairman called the emails "grossly inappropriate." County Commissioner Burt Aaronson said, "I am personally offended as a Jew, as a Democrat and as a supporter of the state of Israel. The Democratic Party is better off without her."
ADL Florida Regional Director Andrew Rosenkranz said, "Evelyn Garcia and others are entitled to express legitimate criticism of Israel. However, it appears that Garcia engaged in lobbing anti-Israel falsehoods to forward her agenda."
On Monday, Evelyn Garcia resigned from the DNC after she admitted to sending anti-Israel e-mails to a legislative aid.