West Bank Wine At White House
By Micah Halpern
Kamala Harris, vice president of the United States, served Psagot wine at her seder. The picture was splashed all over the twittersphere.
Actually, it was condemned all over the twittersphere.
Psagot wine is made in Samaria, in the north part of the West Bank just outside of Ramallah.
Quickly doing damage control. Hadar Susskind, head of Americans for Peace Now tweeted an explanation. She tweeted: "I absolutely believe that the VP did not intend to serve wine produced in a settlement. But this mistake came about because of policy. Specifically, the Trump administration policy which erased the Green Line and allowed products made in West Bank settlements to be labeled as 'Made in Israel.'"
Susskind urged her membership to: "sign this petition to urge Secretary of State Antony Blinken to reverse Trumpís embracement of West Bank settlements."
I am flabbergasted, simply flabbergasted.
The wine served by the vice president and her husband was a very good wine and I compliment the selection. But if you think it was wrong to select that wine Ė say it was wrong. Condemn the selection. Donít try to justify it.
This is an example of one of the big issues that emerges in covering this administration. It appears as if the right is the only group that criticizes the administration.
Part of the role of ideologues is to be true to their ideology. Thatís not what happened here. Instead we have a perfect example of ideology morphing into a political apology.
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