Israel protests hate-filled postcards from Spanish kids

Schoolchildren send insidious messages such as "Jews kill for money."

March 1, 2010 03:46
Israel protests hate-filled postcards from Spanish kids

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Israel on Sunday formally protested to Spain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv against what appeared to be an orchestrated campaign whereby school children are sending dozens of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic postcards to Israel’s ambassador in Madrid.

Naor Gilon, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general for western Europe, phoned Spanish ambassador Alvaro Iranzo to protest the postcards, which carried messages such as “why do you kill children?”, “Jews kill for money,” and “Leave the country for the Palestinians.”

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Gilon told Iranzo that it was necessary to ensure that Spanish school children were not being “brainwashed,” and Iranzo – according to Israeli officials – replied that this was obviously a private initiative and not something condoned by Spain’s education ministry.

A spokesman at the Spanish Embassy contacted Sunday night said it seemed someone was falsifying the true source of the hate mail. He said that the embassy would pass Israel’s protest on to Madrid, and that he imagined an investigation would be launched to determine the true source of the postcards.

“We’ll look into the matter,” the spokesman said.

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