The Israeli embassy in Dublin has disputed claims that Ireland is the “most hostile country to Israel in the European Union”.
Anti-Israel activism has stepped up in the country of late. This
week, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign constructed “checkpoints”
and a “separation wall” in Dublin’s main shopping district Grafton
Street. Actors played the parts of cowering Palestinian women in
headscarves and Israeli soldiers with machine guns.
Around 14 Irish activists were detained in Israel aboard the MV
Saoirse attempting to reach Gaza by boat. They were deported back to
Ireland this week.
Israeli newspaper Ynet reported that Ireland had become the most
hostile country to Israel in the European Union, "pushing all of
Europe's countries to a radical and uncompromising approach."
The Israeli embassy has come under attack on its Facebook page, and
antoher Facebook group called on Dubliners to copy the Egyptian attack
on the Israeli embassy and throw rocks at the Embassy in Dublin.
A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Dublin said he did not believe
the country was the most hostile place in Europe for Israelis.“The
problem is a very vocal, small minority. They have some sympathy in the
media and parliament which exaggerates their influence. The street
theatre in Grafton Street was very provocative.
"Those activists have a fixation on Israel, not on any other country,
although they claim they are not antisemitic. They are trying to
destroy relations between Israel and Ireland. They should not be given
the recognition they do not deserve.”
“The present Irish administration has actually had a more positive
relationship than the last one, the current Foreign Minister Eamon
Gilmore is very fair and impartial, more so than has been the case in
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