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Top Democrat Walks Back Critiques of Jewish Intermarriages

US Democratic Representative from Florida Debbie Wasserman Schultz attends a "Gathering of Solidarity and Remembrance with the People of France and Its Jewish Community" at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington on January 13, 2015. The service was held in tribute to the 17 victims of last week's Islamist attacks in France, starting with the bloody shooting that killed 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, followed by separate attacks, including on a kosher supermarket, that left five more people dead. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesNICHOLAS KAMM / AFP - Getty Images

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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."

- Mark Murray and Leigh Ann Caldwell

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