By BB Portnoy
America’s top diplomat drew a flurry of ire and scorn in response to a Hanukkah greeting he tweeted on Shabbos, less than 24 hours after the US allowed an anti-Israeli settlement UN Security Council resolution to pass.
“Happy Hanukkah!” Secretary of State John Kerry said in the tweet. “May the lights of the menorah brighten your home and the year ahead. From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.”
With many Jews and other members of the pro-Israel community still smarting from the Obama administration’s abstention from the vote on the resolution — which, among other things, deemed Israeli communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal — a fiery backlash to Kerry’s tweet was quick to come.
“Seriously? Go choke on a latke,” international human rights lawyer and freelance journalist Arsen Ostrovsky fumed.
Seriously? Go choke on a latke. https://twitter.com/johnkerry/status/812749538272354304 …
Loren Sykes tweeted, “Your holiday greetings are neither needed nor welcome. Your support at the UN was needed & you failed to provide it.”
Israeli political analyst Jeremy Saltan chimed in, “With all due respect, this is the wrong day to wish us a Happy Hanukkah.”
Journalist Lori Lowenthal Marcus also called out Kerry, saying, “You dimmed many lights, but we hope for the last time. Please let the door hit u on the way out.”
And pro-Israel activist Chloé Simone Valdary replied to Kerry with a simple, “Bruh.”
A Chanukah greeting posted by the White House on Twitter on Shabbos also attracted a slew of responses critical of the Obama administration’s decision to not thwart the approval of Friday’s Security Council resolution.