JERUSALEM – A senior Israeli government official has posted online comments on Facebook saying he is “sick” of commemorations for the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, a local newspaper reported.
“I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups” over holding their “annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims,” the Haaretz daily quoted Daniel Seaman, a deputy director general at the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, as writing in his Facebook post.
Seaman, a key Israeli online public relations official, also wrote on the social networking site: “(The bombings of) Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the consequence of Japanese aggression. You reap what you sow.
“Instead, they should be commemorating the estimated 50 million Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Malay, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Burmese and other victims of Japanese imperial aggression and genocide.”
The Japanese Embassy in Tel Aviv immediately lodged a protest with the Israeli Foreign Ministry about Seaman’s post, which has already been deleted from Facebook.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his remarks do not reflect the government’s official view. Apparently taking this matter seriously, the office has suspended Seaman, according to a separate media report.