A glimpse of how ‘Democracy’ works in America …

County Democratic official Garcia resigns after emails critical of Israel surface

By John Lantigua

Evelyn Garcia, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Palm Beach County, resigned the post Monday after emails surfaced in which she sharply criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Garcia, a candidate for the State House of Representatives from District 88, which includes parts of West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, said she would continue to campaign for that seat. She apologized for her remarks and called them “ugly” and “hurtful.”

The emails were provided anonymously to local Democratic Party leaders late last week, those leaders said. In each case, the recipient’s name was blacked out. Some of them appear to have been written to a South Florida Congressional aide.

“The continued Israeli occupation of Palestine is ugly on moral, ethical, religious and legal grounds,” Garcia said in an email dated July 26, 2011. “Palestinians had nothing to do with the holocaust and it is time that this guilt trip was taken off their backs…. And I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression.”

In that same email, Garcia accused Israel of confiscating land and building illegal settlements in occupied territories, as well as “incursions that kill people, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over; mass concentration prison camps, etc.”

In A May 24, 2011 message, Garcia wrote: “Slavery was ended, apartheid was ended and so this occupation must end.”

County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Alan Siegel accepted Garcia’s resignation Monday afternoon. He called the emails “grossly inappropriate.”

“I was shocked by her choice of words,” Siegel said.

He said he was surprised because Garcia “had never shown any animus toward Jews she encountered in her work for the party. “This wasn’t the Evelyn we knew,” he said.

County Commissioner Burt Aaronson was angered by the emails.

“She can say what she wants but not as an executive of the Democratic Party,” Aaronson said. “The party, locally, statewide and nationally, supports the state of Israel. I am personally offended as a Jew, as a Democrat and as a supporter of the state of Israel. The Democratic Party is better off without her.”

Garcia, a Haitian-American, was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2008, after serving as a delegate to the party’s national convention in Denver earlier that year.

She issued a resignation statement Friday afternoon, saying that’s she wrote it “with great sadness and a heavy heart.” She said the private emails had been released “by someone I believed was my friend.”

“In passionately advocating my position supporting the rights of people I felt were being harmed, I used language that I now regret,” she wrote. “The gist of the conversation had to do with my concern for innocent people being oppressed, but such support for the oppressed does not diminish my support for the good people of Israel.”

In a separate statement emailed later Friday to The Palm Beach Post, Garcia said: “My comments were not only inappropriate and hurtful, they are exactly the kind of ugly rhetoric that is not conducive to the overall atmosphere needed to create a prosperous peace and security for both parties. I apologize to anyone I offended and to my friends in the Democratic Party, in particular, members of the Jewish faith whom I have worked with for years.

“My continued presence would merely serve as a distraction to the good work of Democrats and it is for this reason I have submitted my resignation,” she wrote.

Garcia is up against three other Democrats – Charles Bantel, Bobby Powell and Nikasha Wells — for the District 88 House seat. The GOP has no candidate in the race, so the winner of the primary will win the seat. All registered voters can vote in that primary Aug. 14.


  1. July 4, 2012 at 17:40

    someone at last with courage to say what they feel!

  2. Bog said,

    July 4, 2012 at 18:17

    Notice the subtle manipulation of language ??
    Garcia mentioned ISRAEL’s treatment of the Palestinians.
    Mark Alan Siegel and Burt Aaronson mention JEWS…
    It’s a blatant attempt (that sadly works all to well) to equate criticism of the ACTIONS of a STATE with the hatred of an entire RELIGION…
    The saddest thing is how FEW people see this…

  3. RNSONE said,

    July 4, 2012 at 19:01

    To put it simply:DISGUSTING,how we as Americans can’t be critical of Israel.

  4. Blake said,

    July 4, 2012 at 19:25

    Its amazing that criticizing the crimes against humanity of “Israel” anti-jewish. “Israel” does not have a mandate of all Jews and if they feel affiliated to that illegitimate farce they should not be in America. I would definitely vote for this lady if I was in her ward.

  5. Jeff Mills said,

    July 4, 2012 at 19:37

    The good old US of A where a person expressing an opinion that is supported by fact and is in my humble opinion not at all what could ever be called hate speech, where that opinion refers to criminal actions of the government of another country, results in a loss of position.

    When freedom of expression reaches this level then we have to accept that things have gone too far.

    When it is policy for a political party of a separate sovereign country, and by extrapolation that country itself, to freely express disgust at the continued illegal and genocidal acts of that countries government then that country has lost all credibility in the international community.

  6. Large Scale Aggressor said,

    July 4, 2012 at 20:48

    Silly woman. What did she think, that the Democratic Party was democratic?

  7. Jim said,

    July 4, 2012 at 23:13

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” — Voltaire

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  9. Toodledoo said,

    July 5, 2012 at 01:06

    Go to youtube and search for “US national anthem” – see that at number 4? That’s all you need to know.

  10. DDearborn said,

    July 5, 2012 at 04:46


    What the “leaders” of the party are saying in no uncertain terms is that it is all right to support Israel but not alright to tell the truth about Israel. In short the democratic party is not only a disgrace but clearly treasonous. Isreal is in fact an a racist, bigoted, apartheid state. It is actively committing genocide against the Palestinian people. It is continually violating internation laws and committing crimes against humanity. Israel is also actively engaged in manipulating and blackmailing US politicians in order to further the aims of Israel in direct conflict with the interests of US national security and the American people. In short Muslims and Islam are not the enemy, the state of Israel is. None of the above statements of fact have anything what so ever to do with Judaism in general or jews in particular. Because after all israel does claim to be a democratic country (which it clearly is not) and is made up of citizens from many religions not just jews. So to suggest that critizing israel is an attack on jews is an affront to the hundreds of thousands of non jewish citizens. So it is time to drop the anti-semitism charade.

  11. robertsgt40 said,

    July 5, 2012 at 16:47

    The price of speaking the truth can be high. Let no good deed go unpunished.

  12. Long Shanks said,

    July 5, 2012 at 17:00

    It has come to the point that ANYONE who supports Israel is a TRAITOR to this nation. Evidence that Israel did 9/11 has now been proven BEYOND A SHADOW OF ANY DOUBT.

    The dual-citizen, Israel Firster traitors still infest the highest govt. offices.

    Google “Israel did 9/11” to see the EVIDENCE against or great “allies’.

  13. Donna Bubb said,

    July 5, 2012 at 18:32

    Beware joining a political party anywhere in the U.S. Most important to know who’s really running it and where their loyalties lie.

  14. Noisy Tappet said,

    July 6, 2012 at 08:26

    Aaronson and Siegel need their butts kicking all the way back to Tel Aviv where they belong.

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