One or more anti-Semites sent a package of suspicious white powder and a photograph of Nazis to the home of Ireland’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter on Wednesday.
Security officials raised an emergency alert, and a bomb squad arrived to investigate. Officials concluded the powder was harmless baking powder.
The photograph showed Nazi soldiers at a rally with flags displaying swastikas, the Irish Independent reported.
The hoax probably was related to a vote of no confidence Shatter faces following several controversies in the Justice Department.
Enda Kenny, who heads the Irish government, described the hoax as a “new low” and said, “The minister is in the house a long time. Members of the Jewish faith have been members of the Fianna Fail party, the Labor Party and the Fine Gael Party… It is not in order that anti-Semitic material is being received by the minister who just happens to be a member of a particular faith.”
Minister for Health James Reilly said this morning that the incident was “absolutely appalling” and that the implied threat in the package is being treated as criminal act.Jewish Press News Briefs