Israeli diplomat is ‘sick of… self-righteous commemorations for Hiroshima and Nagasaki’

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Shocking story in the Guardian. Israel has been forced to apologize for a comment by its new / now ‘suspended but not fired’ head of covert online student public diplomacy on the occasion of the Japanese commemoration of the nuclear attacks by the U.S. at the end of World War II.

“I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups the world over holding their annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims,” [Daniel] Seaman wrote on his Facebook page. “Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the consequence of Japanese aggression. You reap what you sow.”…

The apology was issued by Ya’akov Amidror, national security adviser to the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. A government official said the incident was “one of the least comfortable moments for Israel in Japan”.

Seaman, a former director of the government press office who has a reputation for being abrasive, recently took up a new post to promote positive images of Israel on social media networks.

Amazingly, Harriet Sherwood reports several disgusting statements Seaman made before this, including an Islamophobic comment on Ramadan and this response to the demand by the Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, for an end to new settlement expansion: “Is there a diplomatic way of saying ‘Go F*** yourself’?” Apparently those statements did not result in apologies.

And yes, I wonder what the effect of Seaman’s statement will be on Holocaust commemoration. He has surely furthered Holocaust denial. 

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Fitting that Israel would pick this racist, drooling miscreant to be the “head of online public diplomacy”.

The internet bit him and Israel in the tuchus– that’s irony & justice at its best!

Couldn’t happen to a more vile representative of a perfectly vile government.

Dude– take your own words to heart: “You reap what you sow.”.”

Westerners may have been conditioned to accept the hasbara points given the Shoah happened in the West but the Japanese owe nothing to Zionism. Very stupid to push them on this, given Japanese history. Of course in the Zionist view punishment for WW2 crimes is infinite and so too is Israel’s right to the whatever the hell it wants.

Welcome to the real world, bots.

You missed the gem, Phil. The person responsible for the comments posted on Facebook was Daniel Seaman — Israel’s head of online public diplomacy! Way to go Israel!!

Op-Ed: Defend Daniel Seaman! Published: Arutz Sheva, Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:29 PM Haaretz called him an abusive racist. See what you think. [editorial comment by Prof. Steven Plaut who teaches at the University of Haifa and is author of “The Scout” (available from Gefen Publishing House).] Israel’s Left has a new cause. It is operating a jihad against the freedom of speech of poor Daniel Seaman. He is the outgoing director-general of the Public… Read more »

Maybe the issue is disproportionate response? Israel does that as a matter of policy–and that’s against the non-Jewish natives. Maybe he was ticked off because he thought somebody would apply the A bomb memorial movement to something like the Nakba or OP Cast lead, or Deir Yassein? Hitler’s response to Versailles/Weimar Jewish power, was disproportionate, right? How about the Allied bombing of Dresden? How about Sherman’s march to the sea? How about 9/11? Did the… Read more »