- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is marking the first night of Hanukkah by likening the Jewish Festival of Lights to the Boston Tea Party.

In a statement Tuesday, Perry compared Jewish Maccabee rebels to American colonists who protested against British rule in 1773.

The Republican said it was “fitting” that this year’s first night of Hanukkah falls on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians.

Perry said the Maccabees “knew, as the Jewish people know, that the few can overcome the many” and that “faith can transcend persecution.” He also saluted “our ally, Israel.”

Perry leaves office Jan. 20 but is mulling a second presidential run in 2016.

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