The boot goes in over shoe clanger

AN Israeli diplomat has put the boot in over a dinner hosted by Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu for Japanese leader Shinzo Abe and his wife earlier this month.

For the PM’s award-winning private chef, Moshe Segev, capped the elaborate feast with a selection of chocolates served in a metal shoe.

And that is considered highly offensive in Japanese culture.

“This was a stupid and insensitive decision,” said a senior Israeli diplomat, who had previously served in Japan.

“There is nothing more despised in Japanese culture than shoes. Not only do they not enter their houses while wearing shoes, you will not find shoes in their offices either.

“It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig.”

Fortunately, well-mannered Abe took the unusual presentation in his stride.

But surely the Israelis should have known better.

Mazel tov for Facebook

THE use of certain key words and phrases on Facebook activates quick animations. “Best wishes,” for instance, triggers a stream of colourful shapes. “You can do this” activates a trail of thumbs-up emojis.

Now Facebook users who want to wish someone “mazeltov” get a colourful surprise, too. When a user types in the congratulatory Hebrew phrase, balloons and confetti pop up on screen. Facebook has been trying to improve this feature for a while. Now they’ve achieved it.

Much mazel to them!

Paying to protest

AN Israel-hater won’t be too happy when she discovers she donated £12.50 to an IDF charity.

The SERET International Film Festival was screening the film Ben-Gurion, Epilogue in Edinburgh.

As expected, the hateful Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign were making idiots of themselves outside. But one protester bought a ticket for the screening and started shouting when the film began. She was quickly removed from the cinema by police with the event organisers deciding that her entry fee should go to an IDF charity.

Maybe other members of the SPSC could pay to protest in future.

Starr-filled Tel Aviv nights

MUSIC legend Ringo Starr has decided he isn’t going to play a show in Israel.

Before the BDS lot get too excited, we should have clarified that music legend Ringo Starr has decided he isn’t going to play A show in Israel — he’s going to play two.

The former Beatle will now perform in Tel Aviv on June 23 and 24.

More music to Israeli ears...

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