Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, a well-known media personality in Israel and wife of Israel’s vice prime minister, sparked an outrage after she tweeted a racist joke about the US President Barack Obama that referred to him as “black and weak”.
"Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak," she tweeted, adding later that she had only repeated a “stupid joke somebody told me”.
Nir-Mozes posted several tweets expressing regret for the offensive joke.
"President Obama I shouldn't have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion," she wrote.
Sorry if I caused any offence to anyone. I hope I will stay married when my husband will land and hear what I did. Judy Mozes (@JudyMozes) June 21, 2015
Nir-Mozes writes columns for the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, which was owned by her parents, and is also a TV show host.
Niz-Mozes has run into trouble for her posts on social media before when she tweetd in 2012, “I hope that today they decide to destroy Gaza if they don’t stop shooting. Let them suffer as well.”
She had to give up her honorary position with the UNICEF after a string of posts on Twitter and Facebook that referred to Palestinians in Gaza as “people whose children are fed hate towards Israel, who have it in their DNA to hate us”.
Nir-Mozes also made waves when she purportedly wrote to the US president when he got his own Twitter account, saying: “@POTUS well come [welcome], I hope u’ll write from The hurt [heart] of Barack, and not from the head of Rrsedent [President] Obama. Kisses from Israel.”