UNESCO reprimands Israel over newspaper cartoon

A newspaper cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister telling pilots to bomb UNESCO`s office after bombing Iran.

Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 17:28 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israel says UNESCO has reprimanded the country`s envoy over a newspaper cartoon showing Israeli Prime Minister telling pilots to bomb the UN agency`s office after bombing Iran.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says UNESCO handed Ambassador Nimrod Barkan a protest note saying the cartoon "endangers the lives of unarmed diplomats”.

The cartoon was published last week in the liberal daily Haaretz.

It depicts Benjamin Netanyuahu with pilots before a hypothetical attack on Iran, telling them to target UNESCO on their way back.

It`s a jab at Netanyahu`s displeasure over the UN culture agency`s recent recognition of the Palestinians as a member state.

Palmor said on Friday that Barkan told UNESCO that Israel has a free press.

Bureau Report