Israeli officials blasted Francesca Albanese, the UN Special Rapporteur for “Palestinian territories”, after she appeared to accuse Israel of carrying out genocide against Palestinian Arabs.
“Fellow Europeans, Italians, Germans: after the Holocaust, we should instinctively know that Genocide starts with dehumanizing the Other. If Israel's current attack against Palestinians doesn’t prompt our strong reaction, the darkest page of our recent history has taught us nothing,” Albanese wrote on X on Monday, one in a series of posts against Israel.
Responding to the post, Emmanuel Nahshon, Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy at Israel’s Foreign Ministry wrote that Albanese “is an enemy of Israel and of the Jewish people. She’s evil. Her referring to the Shoah is pure masquerade.”
Tamar Schwarzbard, Head of Digital Operations at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, replied to Albanese, “Interesting take given that you’ve dedicated your career to dehumanizing Jews and the only Jewish state in the world. Antisemitic hypocrite.”
Albanese has become notorious for her anti-Israel statements.
Last December, it was revealed that, in an open letter posted to her Facebook page in 2014, she castigated the US and Europe for their conduct during Operation Protective Edge and wrote, “America and Europe, one of them subjugated by the Jewish lobby, and the other by the sense of guilt about the Holocaust, remain on the sidelines and continue to condemn the oppressed — the Palestinians — who defend themselves with the only means they have (deranged missiles), instead of making Israel face its international law responsibilities.”
In another post from that year, which has since been hidden, Albanese referred to the “Israel lobby” and Israel’s greed in comments directed at the BBC over its coverage of the conflict.
Albanese later rejected arguments that the comments about the “Jewish lobby” were antisemitic.
In July, she accused Israel of transforming Palestinian Arab territories into an "open-air prison" through widespread detentions of Palestinian Arabs.
More recently, Albanese claimed that Israel's right to self-defense against the Hamas terrorist organization is "non-existent" even following its October 7 massacre in Israel.