Clinton: We Must Fight Demonization of Israel

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton re-affirmed her support for Israel and the Jewish people during a a speech on genocide, Tuesday.

"When heads of states and religious leaders deny the Holocaust from their bully pulpits, we must not let their lies go unanswered," Clinton said during her keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Forward-Looking Symposium on Genocide Prevention in Washington, D.C.

"When criticism of Israeli government policies crosses over into demonization of Israel and Jews, we must push back," she said.

On several occasions, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

Clinton also cited past genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan.

A large-scale public survey unveiled at the symposium showed that 94 percent of Americans believe genocide is still "very possible," yet 66 percent believe it's preventable.

It also revealed some 76 percent believe that education about the history of genocide can help prevent future atrocities.

The symposium, which was presented in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations and CNN, focused on preventing genocide in the 21st century.

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