Israeli embassy Tweets image of Molly Malone in a burka
THE embassy for Israel in Ireland has been slammed for posting a series of doctored images online including one of Molly Malone in a burka.
Staff at the embassy used the official Twitter feed to issue a series of images over the weekend.
The images related to different European countries including Mona Lisa in a hijab and holding a large rocket, while another showed Michelangelo's statue of David wearing an Arab headscarf and with an explosive belt wrapped round its torso.
The slogan accompanying the images said: "Israel is the last frontier of the free world."
The one about Ireland showed Dublin's famous Molly Malone statue covered by a full-length black niqab.
An Israeli embassy spokesman confirmed that the images were sent from the official Facebook and Twitter accounts. The representative said he didn't know why they were subsequently deleted.
The posts sparked a furious backlash online with many criticising the message.
Israel's ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, told the Daily Telegraph in London that he could not comment because "we are now in the middle of a war and I have other things to deal with".