WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry is trying to put out a firestorm of criticism after the Israeli embassy in Ireland posted a Christmas message saying Palestinians would lynch Jesus and the Virgin Mary if they were alive today.
The Facebook post, which was deleted within two hours, said: “A thought for Christmas … If Jesus and Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem. Just a thought.”
The embassy, whose Facebook account has been deactivated, apologized for the post.
“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!” the statement said, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman tells Haaretz that an investigation is being launched.
“Facebook is a very informal channel, which is essentially not diplomatic, and as such it is customary to post informal statements,” Yigal Palmor told the Israeli publication. “Clearly, however, when anyone feels hurt it is important to apologize and remove the problematic post, and the embassy was right when it did this.”
This is not the first time the Israeli embassy in Dublin has stirred controversy.
According to The Times of Israel, the Deputy Head of Mission Nurit Tinari Modai, wife of Ambassador Boaz Modai, said that Israel should go after expatriates who are critical of the Jewish state and that Israelis who dislike Israel are “sexually confused.”