Israel's Irish Embassy condemned over 'European terror' propaganda tweets
Tweets showing doctored images including a niqab-clad Molly Malone from Israeli diplomats in Dublin removed amid criticism
Published 28/07/2014 | 07:53
ISRAEL'S Irish embassy has drawn criticism after staff used their official Twitter feed to publish a series of doctored images - including the Molly Malone statue in a burka and a hijab-clad Mona Lisa cradling an enormous rocket.
The pictures – which were posted over the weekend but later removed – featured images relating to different European countries and bearing the slogan: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world”.
The one addressed to Ireland showed Dublin’s famous Molly Malone statue covered by a full-length black niqab, while another showed Michelangelo's statue of David wearing an Arab headscarf and with an explosive belt wrapped round its torso.
An Israeli embassy spokesman told the Irish Sun newspaper confirmed that the images were sent from the official Facebook and Twitter accounts - but said he didn't know why they were subsequently deleted.
However, the posts sparked a furious backlash online.
Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, told the Daily Telegraph in London that he could not comment because “we are now in the middle of a war and I have other things to deal with”.