Above: US Ambassador Dan Shapiro at a haredi wedding in 2013
Updated 4:28 pm CST
Former Top Netanyahu Aide Calls US Ambassador “Little Jew Boy”
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Aviv Bushinsky, a former top aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called US Ambassador Dan Shapiro "yehudoni,” a Hebrew slur that means “little Jew boy,” on Israeli television, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Bushinsky served as Netanyahu's spokesperson during Netanyahu’s first stint as Prime Minister in the 1990s and then later served as Netanyahu’s chief of staff when Netanyahu was Finance Minister a decade ago. He is now a frequent political commentator on Israeli television.
During a televised debate on Channel 2 Bushinsky said US Ambassador Dan Shapiro’s remark, made earlier this week, that Israel employs two different standards of justice in the West Bank, one for Jews and one (that is much more harsh) for Palestinians, was “typical of a little Jew boy.”
The US Embassy declined to respond to Bushinsky’s slur.
In 2002, Member of Knesset Zvi Hendel of the right-wing National Union Party called the then-US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer “Jew boy” after Kurtzer said Israel should stop funding West Bank Jewish settlements and use the money it saves to fund programs for the disabled – something Israel was surprisingly lax in doing. Hendel’s use of the slur caused an uproar.
In an Army Radio interview in 2012 Zehava Gal-On of the left wing Meretz Party also reportedly used the slur.
“Organized groups [which] will come from Brooklyn [to Israel] and [immediately] get the right to vote! All the decisions about life and death here – whether to evacuate the territories, whether to authorize outposts – those sitting in New York or Brooklyn will decide for us? Groups of Jew boys…" – Gal-On then stopped and immediately corrected herself – "Jews, organized in the Diaspora, will decide how we live here?”