The official Palestinian Authority mission to Colombia posted a call for the complete destruction of the State of Israel on its Twitter account Thursday night.
The PA mission posted a Spanish translation of a quote from former PA leader Yasser Arafat. “Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace. We want WAR and victory — Yasser Arafat."
המשלחת של הרשות הפלסטינית לקולומביה,בציטוט "גלוי לב" בחשבון הטוויטר מפי יאסר ערפאת : "סופה של ישראל הוא המטרה, איננו רוצים שלום" @kann_newspic.twitter.com/e992w5BEKM
— Eran Cicurel (@EranCicurel) October 19, 2017
The quote was removed following a report by Israel's Channel 1 News. The mission has offered no explanation or apology for the quote.
Israel's Foreign Ministry condemned the tweet and said that the quote illustrated Arafat's legacy of hatred and death.
"A quote from one of Arafat’s statements clearly illustrates to us the hatred that was always his lot and the legacy of hostility he left behind,” the ministry told Channel 1. “In his life and death, his entire legacy is death, hatred and disgust.”
Israeli Ambassador to Colombia Marco Sermoneta told Channel 1 that the embassy had raised the matter with the Colombian authorities. “We brought the matter of the Palestinian mission’s tweet to the attention of the government in Bogata. Anyone who believes everything the Palestinians say must also believe them when they say this.”