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Chinese Embassy tweets and deletes anti-Semitic cartoon



The Chinese Embassy in Japan tweeted an anti-Semitic cartoon, which it eventually deleted at the behest of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The cartoon, released Thursday night, featured a picture of Grim Reaper wearing an American flag and carrying a laugh with the Israeli flag and its prominent Star of David on it. The reaper goes from door to door, leaving a bloody trail behind. The doors are marked Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Egypt. The tweet in Japanese reads: “If the United States brought ‘democracy’, it would be like that.” Israeli Ambassador to Japan Yaffa Ben-Ari reached out to her Chinese counterpart Cheng Yonghua on Friday, pointing out that the cartoon demonized Israel. The Chinese ambassador said he did not notice that Israel was part of the picture. At the same time, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Gilad Cohen contacted the Chinese Embassy in Israel. Within an hour of Ben-Ari and Cohen̵

7;s calls, the tweet was deleted, but the embassy did not tweet an apology.

Many Japanese Twitter users reacted angrily to the tweet, including with the famous photo of a man standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square, but did not seem to notice or take issue with the anti-Semitic element, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.




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