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Controversial Israeli Embassy Facebook Page Taken Down ‘for Maintenance’


That action came after reports on the Christmas message also drew attention to a number of other potentially objectionable posts — including a video that mocked Irish journalists and an update that called Ireland’s government “naive” for supporting Palestine’s successful effort to upgrade its status at the United Nations.

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: The New York Times | The Lede
By Robert Mackey | December 18, 2012

The Israeli Embassy in Ireland has temporarily removed its entire Facebook page from the Web, after a controversial Christmas message stating that Jesus would “probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians” if he lived today was posted and then deleted from the account on Monday.

Just as the Facebook page went offline, however, the embassy posted a series of combative updates on its @IsraelinIreland Twitter feed on Tuesday, attacking pro-Palestinian activists for Christmas cards that imagine the original nativity scene being disrupted by the Israeli separation barrier built around Bethlehem.

The embassy’s press officer, Derek O’Flynn, told The Lede in an e-mail on Tuesday that the Israel in Ireland Facebook page had been taken down by the embassy “for maintenance.” That action came after reports on the Christmas message also drew attention to a number of other potentially objectionable posts — including a video that mocked Irish journalists and an update that called Ireland’s government “naive” for supporting Palestine’s successful effort to upgrade its status at the United Nations. […more…]

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