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.