Kamala Harris toasts with wine made in West Bank settlement at Passover seder

Harris slammed for 'settlement' wine on Seder

U.S. VP hosts Passover seder in the residence, serves wine from the West Bank settlement's Psagot winery but removes photo after online uproar; Biden wishes happy holiday in a tweet

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 04.17.22, 13:13
Pictures from Friday's Passover seder hosted in the home of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Jewish husband Douglas Emhoff, revealed that the family served wine from a West Bank settlement winery.
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  • The bottle of red wine was from the Psagot Winery, a company based in the Psagot settlement north of Jerusalem
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    סדר הפסח של סגנית הנשיא האריס ובעלה
    Kamala Harris toasts with wine made in West Bank settlement at Passover seder
    (Douglas Emhoff's twitter account)
    In contrast to President Trump, who insisted that the Israeli settlements were not illegal under international law, the current Democratic administration does not recognizing the legitimacy of the settlements under international law.
    The pictures exposing the wine, which have since been deleted from Harris' twitter account and replaced by photos from a more neutral angle, symbolize a deviation from the administrations stance on the issue.
    In her tweet, the VP wrote: "This evening the @SecondGentleman and I hosted a Passover Seder at our home and recounted one of humankind’s most inspiring stories. By retelling the Israelites’ journey from oppression to freedom, we remind ourselves that we must always keep the faith and fight for others."
    This was not the only slip-up caught amongst American politicians this Passover. Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds also tweeted a blessing ahead of the Jewish holiday, writing "Happy Passover to all those celebrating".
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    הפוסט שפרסמה ריינולדס
    Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds' tweet
    The cute virtual holiday card that was attached to the message showed illustrations of an array of Jewish symbols.
    Unfortunately, apples and honey, dreidels, and menorahs have little to do with Passover. While those mishaps could be looked over as an innocent mistake, the drawing of a Hannukah doughnut (sufganiyah) is less forgivable considering it contains chametz - dough, forbidden by Jewish dietary law on Passover.
    Joe Biden kept his blessing simple and free of blunder, tweeting: "Happy Passover to all who celebrate in America, Israel, and around the world. May God bless you all during this season of renewal, this festival of freedom.
    "From our family to yours: Chag sameach."

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