Germany Disciplines Diplomats Over 'anti-Semitic,' anti-Israel Social Media Activity

Twitter account of the German mission to the Palestinian territories had 'liked' posts critical of the Israeli occupation, one of which was written by neo-Nazi David Duke

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A post liked by the twitter account of the German representative to the Palestinian territories.
A post liked by the twitter account of the German representative to the Palestinian territories. Credit: Screenshot/Twitter via Bild
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Germany's Foreign Ministry says it has instituted new social media guidelines and disciplined personnel after anti-Israel tweets were "liked" by the official Twitter account of the German mission to the Palestinian territories. The head of the mission in Ramallah, Christian Clages, apologized for the incident, calling the tweets in question "anti-Semitic messages." 

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that 10 people had access to the @GerRepRamallah account and it wasn't clear who clicked the "likes." The ministry says the account wasn't secured against unauthorized users

The new social media guidance sent to all diplomatic posts clarify "that even 'likes' are understood as expressions of opinion of the German government" and now require the approval of two people.

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A post liked by the twitter account of the German representative to the Palestinian territories.
A post liked by the twitter account of the German representative to the Palestinian territories. Credit: Screenshot/Twitter via Bild

The ministry says it "publicly made it clear the contents of the tweets concerned are unacceptable, contradict the attitude of the German government, and are not tolerated."

The multiple "likes" included the following tweet by American neo-Nazi David Duke on April 10 : “On this day 71 years ago, Jewish supremacists invaded the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, where they slaughtered men, women and children. Innocent Palestinians were mutilated, raped and paraded through Jewish neighborhoods before being summarily executed.”

On April 9, 1948, Zionist paramilitary groups Lehi and Etzel attacked the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, killing at least 107 men, women and children. According to testimonies, 25 men were paraded through Jerusalem  before being killed. The Israeli historian Benny Morris has written that there were also cases of mutilation and rape.

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