Middle East/North Africa

Valerie Plame resigns from Ploughshares Fund after tweeting anti-Semitic article

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson on Sunday announced that she has resigned from Ploughshares Fund after she tweeted an article that argued American Jews are pushing for wars in the Middle East.

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Her announcement came amid a string of tweets in which she apologized again for sharing the “deeply offensive” article, which she described as having “anti-Semitic tropes.”

“Actions have consequences, and while I have been honored to serve on the board of the Ploughshares Fund…to avoid detracting from their mission, I have resigned,” Wilson said in consecutive tweets.

“I take full responsibility for my thoughtless and hurtful actions, and there are no excuses for what I did.”

Ploughshares Fund, where Wilson has served as a board member, issued a statement condemning Wilson’s original tweet of the article, which came from an online magazine called The Unz Review.

“Our board member, Valerie Plame Wilson, seriously erred in retweeting an anti-Semitic article from The Unz Review,” the organization said in a statement on Friday. 

“Ploughshares Fund condemns in the strongest terms what we believe to be white supremacist and anti-Semitic propaganda espoused by this site. The prejudices promulgated by this site are an affront to American values and human decency.” 

Wilson on Sunday referred to her posting of the article as “a grave mistake” and vowed to “avoid resorting to stereotypes to express my positions” in the future. 

Wilson initially defended her retweeting of the article, urging Twitter users to read the post and “put aside” any biases.

She later apologized, saying she “messed up” and had only “skimmed this piece.”

The article argued that American Jews are specifically pushing for war with Iran by drumming up the threat the nation poses to the United States. It also contended that the neoconservative foreign policy establishment is beholden to American Jews who are attached to Israel.

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