State of Israel buys Twitter address from porn operator

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:55

Miami: The state of Israel confirmed Wednesday
it had purchased an @israel Twitter address from a Miami porn site operator, whose feed had been the subject of anti-Semitic comments.

Paul Hirschson, deputy consul general for Israel in
Miami, told AFP that the Israeli government wanted to obtain
the @israel account from the man, whose name is Israel
Melendez.

"Once we decided that we wanted to use the name Israel in
our Twitter account we started to look for who had it," the
diplomat said.

Although Melendez also operates a pornographic website,
Hirschson said that for the state of Israel, "it was not
important to know who he was and what he used the account for.
We needed to have the name of Israel because we are the
state of Israel."

The purchase price was not disclosed but Hirschson said
it was a "reasonable" sum.
"He said he wanted to take his wife and children to a
nice restaurant for a good dinner," Hirschson said.

Melendez had told The New York Times the address had been
subject to a flood of anti-Semitic comments.
"My account was basically unused because I was getting
dozens of replies every day from people who thought the
account belonged to the state of Israel," he told the daily.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:55

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