Thursday, December 20, 2012
Must not mention Muslim attacks on Christians in the Holy Land
The Israeli embassy in Dublin has apologised for a post on its Facebook page which said if Mary and Jesus were alive in Bethlehem today Palestinians would probably lynch them.
The post, which was made on the Israel in Ireland Facebook page, showed a picture of Mary and Jesus.
It was accompanied by the comment: 'A thought for Christmas... If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians.
After going up around midday, by 3pm it had 20 'likes', though several comments expressed distaste for the post.
Among them was one saying: 'Have you no regard for honesty whatsoever? If Jesus & Mary were alive today, they would be protesting against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, along with all the Palestinian Christians currently living in Bethlehem.'
The post was reported in the major Israeli on-line news site, Haaretz as well as on the Washington Post site today.
When contacted a spokesman for the embassy confirmed the page was an official embassy site. Asked who posted to it he said: 'Different members of staff at the embassy post to it.'
He then asked if The Irish Times was doing a piece on it and was told it was a possibility.
The post was removed about half an hour later and replaced with a statement: 'To whom it may concern: An image of Jesus and Mary with a derogatory comment about Palestinians was posted without the consent of the administrator of the Facebook page. We have removed the post in question immediately. Apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Merry Christmas!'