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Mitt Romney provokes Palestinian outrage

Leaders call his words on Israeli culture racist

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney ignited a firestorm of criticism from Palestinian leaders on Monday morning when he told a group of top-level donors here that Israelis’ culture had helped them become more economically successful than the Palestinians.

Noting that Israel’s gross domestic product per person is about $21,000, compared with that of Palestinians, “which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,’’ Romney said at the fund-raising event.

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