Zapatero accused over 'anti-Semitic' row with Israel
20 July 2006, MADRID — A diplomatic row blew up on Thursday after Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero criticised Israel then was photographed wearing a Palestinian headscarf.
20 July 2006
MADRID — A diplomatic row blew up on Thursday after Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero criticised Israel then was photographed wearing a Palestinian headscarf.
Israel's ambassador to Spain, Victor Harel, said relations between both countries "were not at their best moment" owing to the prime minister's "tough and unjust" attack on his country.
Zapatero said condemned the use of "abusive force" in Lebanon, making an implicit attack on Israel.
And, in an illusion to the United States, Zapatero criticised Washington's tacit approval of Israel's war against Lebanon, saying "the silences of today could become the regrets of tomorrow".
He made the comments at a student socialist meeting in Alicante on Wednesday.
Afterwards a student put a typical Palestinian scarf around Zapatero's shoulders.
The picture, carried on the front page of some newspapers on Thursday, was attacked by the opposition conservative Popular Party as "anti-Semitic".
But senior socialist party figures dismissed this criticism, saying it was a gesture of friendship towards the students at the meeting.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news