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Top Democrat Walks Back Critiques of Jewish Intermarriages

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, walked back comments she reportedly made about the dilution of the Jewish community.

The DNC is now walking back those comments, releasing this statement from Wasserman Schultz saying she does "not oppose intermarriage."

"At an annual Jewish community event in my congressional district, I spoke about my personal connection to Judaism and in a larger context about the loss of Jewish identity and the importance of connecting younger generations to the institutions and values that make up our community. I do not oppose intermarriage; in fact, members of my family, including my husband, are a product of it," the Florida Demorat said in a statement.

The conservative Daily Caller recently reported that Wasserman Schultz criticized Jewish intermarriages at an event last month in Florida.

"We have the problem of assimilation. We have the problem of intermarriage," Wasserman Schultz reportedly said, per the Daily Caller. "We have the problem that too many generations of Jews don't realize the importance of our institutions strengthening our community - particularly with the rise of anti-Semitism and global intolerance, which obviously we saw in horrific technicolor in just the last week in Paris."

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