Obama lights up social media by calling Paris kosher deli attack 'random'

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February 11, 2015 08:10

 
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WASHINGTON - Confusion abounded in Jewish and Israeli news and social media circles on Tuesday after the Obama administration may, or may not, have avoided characterizing the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris as anti-Semitic.

Questions first percolated after US President Barack Obama, in a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mentioned that victims in the Paris market were shot "randomly."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded by saying that the targets within the grocery store were "killed not being of who they were, but because of where they happened to be."

The response prompted some to question whether the administration believed the targeting of the shop itself was random.

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