Yesterday the Israeli Embassy in Dublin shared Richard Cohen’s opinion piece in Monday’s Washington Post, ‘Israel is Held to an Impossible Standard,’ on social media with the instruction that we, the people of Ireland, should “Do [ourselves] a favor (do you know what, please do me a favor) and read this article.” There were a couple of, now expected, insults from this anonymous Israeli technocratic aide. If it must pontificate to the Irish people, one might expect the Embassy of Israel to ensure at the very least that its various media releases at least do us a favour and adhere to the Irish conventions of spelling and grammar. His (or her) post makes a personalised demand. We must ask what right this person has to make demands, especially after this same person posted and promptly removed a poster on 27 July bearing the image of Dublin’s beloved Molly Malone statue apparelled in a black niqab with a racist and inflammatory slogan insinuating that Muslim women are a threat to both Israel and Ireland. Furthermore, the author of the shared article has, on one occasion, forced the Washington Post to apologise for his openly racist opinions; opinions that have continued to be published. As recently as 2013 he wrote that he had to repress a gag at the very thought that a white man could so sully himself by marrying a black woman and producing “biracial children.” In assuming the perfect ignorance of this Israeli aide – as one simply must – we must ask also a favour in return; that he (or she) desist from making demands, and start checking their sources (for now we shall not be pedants and kindly ignore the tellingly American spelling). Continue reading
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