Israeli Embassy attempts to cover-up Bolsonaro's lobster meal on Twitter

The Israeli Embassy posted a picture of the two eating, but the plates were scratched out seemingly in an attempt to cover up what most Twitter commenters have decided is lobster.

July 8, 2019 17:27
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Israeli Embassy attempts to cover-up Bolsonaro's lobster meal on Twitter

Brazilian Presdient Jair Bolsonaro and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . . (photo credit: KOBI GIDON / GPO)


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Israel’s embassy in Brazil shared a photo of its ambassador eating lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but not before blurring out the lobster dishes the two appeared to be enjoying.

The camouflaged picture made headlines in Brazil with local media noting that the crustacean is an expensive delicacy, and international media noting it is decidedly non-kosher.
Black X’s were used to blur what appear to be lobsters from a picture posted on social media on Sunday of Ambassador Yossi Shelley having lunch with Bolsonaro.

Shelley and Bolsonaro have been close friends for some time. The picture was taken at a seafood restaurant in Brasília before they went to watch the Copa America final soccer match in Rio, where Brazil beat Peru 3-1, winning the championship.

The Twitterverse was quick to call out the poorly edited Photoshop job, where one commenter even decided to touch up the image himself, posting it on Twitter and writing, “I helped you and did a better job on Photoshop. You’re welcome. There are even some oranges to drink.”

In Portuguese, the word for oranges has another meaning: someone who helps a white-collar criminal to hide his crimes, likely a critique of Bolsonaro.

Shelley posted several photos at the Maracanã stadium expressing his effusive support for the Brazilian team.

“Difficult to describe the feeling of being present this night of great emotion for the Brazilian people,” Shelley posted, adding both the Israeli and the Brazilian flags united by a heart. “I already feel heartfelt as part of this beautiful country.”

In May, Bolsonaro awarded Shelley the National Order of the Southern Cross, Brazil’s highest national honor for high-ranking guests.

Shelley was the very first diplomat welcomed by Bolsonaro, less than 24 hours after his electoral victory last year in a clear signal of close ties between Brasilia and Jerusalem. During the previous 15 years, Brazil’s former far-left governments clashed often with Israel’s government.

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