Belgian Official Apologizes for Calling Israel ‘Identical Twin’ of Islamic State

The Times of Israel reports:  A Belgian Muslim official in charge of promoting tolerance apologized for his vitriol against Israel, which he said was a modern Nazi Germany and “an identical twin” of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Youssef Kobo, the adviser on diversity for the minister in charge of equal opportunity in the regional government of Brussels, said he was “young and stupid” when he wrote the Facebook posts in 2014, which he said he “regrets,” the La Capitale daily reported Tuesday. The newspaper had contacted Kobo, 28, following criticism by the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism.

He had referenced the Islamic State in posting a caricature of Israel cutting the throat of the Gaza Strip, where Israel in the summer of 2014 carried out strikes against the Hamas terrorist group. Kobo said of a video of Israeli troops that they were: “21st century Nazis.”

Kobo told La Capitale that he was “very emotional” following the strikes in Gaza, which followed rocket fire by Hamas on Israeli population centers.

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