21 October 2018 - 13 Heshvan 5779 - י"ג חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Philippine President visits Manila Synagogue E-mail

A historic visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the Beth Yaacov Synagogue in Makati City on 4 October carried the blessings of the New Year’s holiday, which symbolises soul searching, forgiveness and atonement.

President Duterte visited the synagogue to apologise personally to the Jewish world for statements he had made connecting the Jewish Holocaust and his war on drugs.

The President made it clear that he had not meant any disrespect to the Jewish people. Referring to his personal life, he commented that his wife Elizabeth Zimmerman is actually a daughter of a Jewish father who found the Philippines as a shelter and home.

President Duterte expressed his respect and affinity to the Jewish people and Israel, paying homage to Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and his desire to strengthen ties with Israel.

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