Wife of Israeli minister apologises for racist Obama joke

Judy Shalom, wife of Israeli interior minister Silvan Sharon, apologises for racist tweet about US president Barack Obama, which caused a storm of criticism

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Wife of Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, Judy Shalom Nir Mozes, has apologised for posting a tweet  concerning US President Barack Obama that was considered by hundreds of her followers as racist and caused a storm of criticism.

Mozes’ tweet read "Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak."

Mozes later deleted the tweet, issuing a new tweet in which she said, "I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me."

Later Sunday evening Mozes released another tweet in which she wrote “President Obama I shouldn’t have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion.“

Judy Shalom has more than 75,000 followers on Twitter. Judy’s husband, Silvan Shalom, is responsible for overseeing the strategic relationship between Israel and the United States.

Mozes caused a similar uproar in 2012 when she resigned from her position at UNICEF, the UN organisation concerning children’s rights, after posting comments on Facebook in support of the Israeli government taking action in Gaza.

“I very much hope that Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] will not surrender to the pressures of our enemies and continue the operation until the last terrorist is murdered in Gaza,” she wrote.

“How is it possible to make peace with people whose children are fed hatred towards Israel from the moment they are born? How is it possible to make peace with people who have it in their DNA to hate us? I am willing to make real peace at any price. The problem is that there is no partner. I wish I was wrong,” said Mozes in one of her comments.

TRTWorld and agencies