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January 10, 2002
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An Israeli legislator refused to apologize for calling the U.S. ambassador to Israel a “Jew boy.” Knesset member Zvi Hendel told Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday that while his choice of words may have been extreme, he had no intention of apologizing to U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer. Hendel on Tuesday called Kurtzer a “Jew boy” and accused him of meddling in internal Israeli affairs. Hendel was responding to Kurtzer’s recent remark that Israel should spend money on the disabled, not on Jewish settlements. The Knesset Ethics Committee planned to convene in a special session to consider complaints lodged against Hendel. In another development, Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg invited Kurtzer to attend a special meeting next Monday to receive an apology from the Knesset.

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