Telling the Truth on Facebook

(Commentary) Jonathan S. Tobin - Israel's embassy in Ireland got itself in hot water for an inflammatory posting on its Facebook page that embarrassed the Jewish state. As much as it might have been wiser for anyone connected to the Israeli government to avoid any mention of the holy family or Christmas, their "offensive" post was primarily guilty of doing what diplomats are generally urged to avoid: telling the truth. The post did no more than state the obvious when it noted that Jews without security in Palestinian Authority-ruled Bethlehem are at grave risk. Indeed, Rachel's Tomb, which is located outside the town, is often besieged by violent Palestinians seeking to take over that Jewish shrine. In raising the subject, the embassy did the unthinkable and told the truth about Palestinian violence and prejudice.

2012-12-19 00:00:00

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