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Rosanna Arquette Apologizes for Israel Coronavirus Tweet

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Actress Rosanna Arquette apologized for her March 17 tweet alleging that Israel knew about the coronavirus outbreak for a year and put “lives at risk for profit.”

The initial tweet, which has since been deleted, read: “So Israel has been working on a coronavirus vaccine for a year already? (so they knew it) Vaccines take a long time to know if they are safe and KUSHNER OSCAR is the major investor in the new vaccine that is supposedly coming here. Lives at risk for profit.”

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“KUSHNER OSCAR” is a reference to Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law. Josh Kushner, Jared’s brother co-founded Oscar, a health care company that helps locate coronavirus testing centers.

After receiving criticism for the tweet, Arquette — who is Jewish — apologized.

“I’m sorry I’ve offended my Jewish family and friends and Israel with my negative careless words,” she tweeted. “What can I say except I’m sorry. We are all in a lot of fear right now and there’s so much toxic, misleading and confusing information. I am sorry.”

https://twitter.com/RoArquette/status/1240136527889530881?s=20

Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham Cooper praised Arquette’s apology in a statement.

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“Appreciate [the] heartfelt apology,” he said. “We have enough problems with real enemies demonizing Israel and Jewish people.”

Pro-Israel activist Arsen Ostrovsky, on the other hand, didn’t buy the apology.

“Negative careless words? It was more than that,” he tweeted in a reply to Arquette’s apology tweet. “It was sheer Jew hatred of the worst kind. And to abuse #CoronaVirus tragedy like this only made it worse. Sorry, but there’s nothing ‘misleading’ or ‘confusing’ about your #Antisemitism!”

Arquette is known for her roles in the movies “Pulp Fiction” and “The Whole Nine Yards,” among others.

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