Israeli Embassy Deletes Joke About Dubai ‘Hit’ From Twitter

On Thursday, the same day that Israel’s ambassador to Britain was asked to tell the British government if he knew anything about the apparent use of cloned British passports by suspects in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai last month, his embassy’s official Twitter feed posted a joking reference to the killing.

After his meeting at the British Foreign Office, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor told reporters that he was “unable to add additional information” about the assassination in Dubai. Hours later The Guardian’s David Batty noticed that someone at the embassy in London had posted a link to an article about the success of an Israel tennis player in the Dubai Tennis Championships this week on Twitter with this comment:

You heard it here first: Israeli tennis player carries out hit on #Dubai target http://ow.ly/18A79

The link in the update led to an article about a victory by Shahar Peer, who reached the semifinals of the tournament in Dubai before losing to Venus Williams on Friday. There had been controversy surrounding Ms. Peer’s presence at the tournament even before Dubai’s police chief told an Abu Dhabi newspaper that he was “99 percent” certain that Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service had carried out the assassination of the Hamas official, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, last month in the emirate. In 2009, during the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Ms. Peer was denied a visa to compete in the tournament.

Some time after the attempt at humor by the embassy was reported in the British press, the update was deleted from the @israeluk Twitter feed and the Israeli embassy’s Facebook page, where a Google search suggests it had been posted as well.

Ynet News, a Web site run by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, made this screenshot of the update on Twitter before it disappeared from the social network:

Ynet News reported:

The Israeli Embassy in the UK issued a statement in response reading, “Naturally, messages on the Twitter network are characterized with a great deal of creativity. In this case the creativity was undoubtedly inappropriate. The ambassador told off the employee who wrote the message and it was removed.”

While Israel’s ambassadors in Europe have had to answer questions about the use of forged European passports by 11 suspects who managed to escape Dubai after the assassination, two Palestinian men suspected of being involved in the killing are in custody there. On Friday The National, a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, reported that a relative of one of the Palestinians said that the man had “once worked for the Palestinian Authority intelligence service in Gaza as a security guard.” The relative added that the man, identified only by the initials A.H., was still being paid a salary by the Palestinian Authority and “is wanted by Hamas.”

//NEW YORK TIMES

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