New Israel immigrants ready to join IDF 370.
(photo credit: Shahar Azran)
Egyptians must have been surprised on Tuesday when they opened their newspapers
to read that 127 North Koreans had immigrated to Israel to join the
Mistranslating a story in The Jerusalem Post, Egypt’s state news
agency MENA mistakenly wrote that 127 men and women from Kim Yong-un’s
totalitarian dictatorship – instead of from North America – had landed at
Unnoticed, the erroneous report was picked up by
Egypt’s dailies, including Al- Masry al-Youm, Shorouk News
story, which included a color photograph
of IDF soldiers captioned “Occupying forces – the Israeli army,” said the Post
had reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was at the airport to greet
the new arrivals from North Korea, and that the initiative had been organized by
the Jewish Agency and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry.
According to the
Daily News Egypt
, MENA’s Arabic Desk managing editor Ahmed Kashkoosh said the
mistake was likely a translation error, perhaps made because the translator was fasting for Ramadan.The Post
reported that 350 olim from North America arrived on a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight from New York on Tuesday morning, 127 of which would soon begin serving in the IDF.