TORONTO (AP) — The Palestinian Authority recalled their envoy to Canada this month for posting a link on twitter that included an anti-Semitic video.
Linda Sobeh Ali posted a tweet this month with a link to a YouTube video featuring an emotionally distressed Palestinian girl shouting a poem in Arabic titled “I am Palestinian.”
The English subtitles on the video include a passage where millions are called upon “destroy the Jews.”
Joseph Lavoie, a spokesman for Canada’s foreign affairs minister, said Monday it was a serious enough matter for the Palestinian Authority that they recalled Sobeh Ali.
“This video is completely unacceptable and offensive as it calls for the death of Jews,” Lavoie said.
Riad Malki, the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, speaking in Ramallah, said the envoy posted the link thinking it was a “normal national poem.”
“We asked her to leave Canada because we didn’t want to create any problems,” he said.
According to Malki, the “Jewish lobby and Jewish institutions” in Canada complained to the Canadian government. The envoy “went back to the poem and there was something wrong with the translation.
” The phrase translated in the English subtitles as “destroy the Jews” was actually “to kill the soul of Zionism.”