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U.S. senator booed for pro-Israeli remarks at DC dinner

After saying that the hatred of Israel and Jews runs counter to the teachings of Christ, a small but vocal minority began the Republican senator

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U.S. Republican senator and possible 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz was booed offstage after making comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people during a fundraising dinner in Washington on Wednesday.

“Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” Cruz told the audience during his keynote address at an event hosted by non-profit organization In Defense of Christians, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star.

“Let me say this: those who hate Israel hate America,” he continued.

After saying that the hatred of Israel and Jews runs counter to the teachings of Christ, a small but vocal minority began booing him.

“Stop it, enough,” and “Out, out, leave the stage!” were some of the shouts aimed at the senator, which prompted IDC President Toufic Baaklini to join Cruz on stage and ask the crowd to listen and respect the speaker.

With a rapidly swelling chorus of disapproval, the senator announced “if you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you and God bless you,” before walking off the stage.

‘Shameful display’

In protest of Cruz’s comments, Lebanon's ambassador to the U.S. Antoine Chedid left the event.

Cruz, who was a member of George W. Bush’s electoral campaign in 1999, later said that the “corrosive evil” of anti-Semitism had reared its head at the event.

“Tonight in Washington should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians,’” Cruz said, according to the Associated Press.

“Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred.”