Shalom Life | June 23, 2015

Israeli Minister’s Wife Writes Racially Insensitive Joke About Barack Obama

Silvan Shalom’s wife, Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, receives backlash for racist tweet involving US president

By: Jeff Low

Published: June 22nd, 2015 in News » Israel

Israeli Minister’s Wife Writes Racially Insensitive Joke About Barack Obama

Photo: Judy Mozes


Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, wife of Minister Silvan Shalom, published a racially insensitive tweet involving US president Barack Obama, which incited international uproar online. “Do u know what Obama coffee is? Black and weak,” she wrote.

Considering the heightened tension caused by the Charleston shooting last week, social media users are up in arms over her behavior. Though Mozes was quick to delete the ‘joke’ from her twitter, she was not able to escape the resounding public criticism that followed.

Since, the politician’s wife has issued several apologies. “I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me,” she wrote. However, followers and patrons of the social media site continue to berate Mozes for her blatant insensitivity, calling her behaviour “disgusting”, “tasteless” and “explicitly racist”.

She also apologized directly to President Obama in an effort to stave off accusations of racism. “President Obama I shouldnt have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion, ” she wrote.

Yet twitter users claim the tweet was meant to be intentionally offensive, based on the fact that it was written in English and not in Hebrew.

Further, Judy Mozes’ actions are sure to have an impact on her husband’s political career - at least online.

It seems the Twitter discussion may continue for a little while on this one.

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