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Israel Denounces Castro’s ‘Swastika is Israel’s Banner’ Remark

Israel denounced Fidel Castro for statements to UN diplomats that Israel “would not hesitate to send [Arabs] to the crematoria.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/14/2010, 10:19 PM / Last Update: 6/14/2010, 10:10 PM

Israel denounced Fidel Castro Monday for remarks, related to United Nations diplomats and journalists in Geneva, that Israel “would not hesitate to send the one and a half million men, women and children of that country to the crematoria where millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazis.”

He also accused Israel of adopting the swastika, charging that “it would seem that the Fuehrer’s [Adolf Hitler’s] swastika is today Israel’s banner.” The 83-year-old Castro wrote his remarks in a series of articles, parts of which were read  and distributed by Cuban diplomats attending a U.N. Human Rights Council debate on Israelis actions in Judea and Samaria.

“With these outrageous comments, Fidel Castro shames his old-time companions and the ideals he always pretended to serve. Che Guevara must be spinning in his grave,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded.

Castro wrote his comments following the flotilla clash two weeks ago, when Turkish terror activists tried to break the embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council condemned Israel for the clash and called for an international body to investigate the clash with a Turkish ship carrying terrorist activists who assaulted Navy commandos.

Israel has rejected the U.N. demand and instead has established a five-member inquiry panel, which also will probe Turkey’s role in the incident.

Castro ruled Cuba for nearly 50 years until two years ago, when he stepped down due to illness.