The Palestinian envoy to Canada has been asked to leave her post after she tweeted a link to an anti-Semitic video, CBC reported.
Linda Sobeh Ali, the chargé d’affaires to the Palestinian delegation in Ottawa, posted a link on her Twitter page earlier this month to a YouTube video of a Palestinian girl sobbing while reciting a poem in Arabic.
The video’s English subtitles at one point called on people to join a war against injustice, to raise the flag of Palestine in all the skies of the universe, and to “destroy the Jews.”
Shimon Fogel of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs informed Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird of the link, who deemed it wholly inappropriate and expressed “profound disappointment” to the Palestinian Authority on behalf of Canada.
Sobeh Ali, who insists she is a peaceful advocate of a two-state solution, also agreed to be reassigned to avoid jeopardizing ties between Canada and the Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority asked her to return home immediately after the Canadian government announced it would limit contact until a suitable replacement for Ali had been selected.
Before leaving Canada, a distraught Sobeh Ali apologized for tweeting the link and shut down her Twitter account. She told CTV that she had not watched the video before linking because she saw the link on her smartphone, and that she would not have posted it had she seen it. She also said that the issue had been “intentionally magnified” and misinterpreted by "certain lobbying groups.”
Some Arabic speakers say that the poem should have been the translated as “kill the soul of Zionism” rather than “destroy the Jews.”
The incident came just days before a Canadian Supreme Court ruling that said Internet users were not liable for defamatory content they linked to online.