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Package with white powder sent to Israeli envoy in Ireland

Soldiers wearing hazmat suits collected the bag of powder for analysis, which determined the substance was sugar and not anthrax.

An Irish flag flying over Dublin. Photo by David Renton/Shutterstock.
An Irish flag flying over Dublin. Photo by David Renton/Shutterstock.

Irish police opened an investigation after a package containing white powder was sent to the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, the Irish Times reported on Friday.

The package arrived at the Israeli Embassy in Dublin on March 14, prompting the evacuation of the building and the deployment of Emergency Ordnance Disposal teams.

Soldiers wearing hazmat suits collected the bag of powder for analysis, which determined the substance was sugar and not anthrax.

The package included Hamas’s logo next to images of victims of the Oct. 7 massacre along with a picture of Israeli Ambassador Dana Erlich captioned: “You are next.”

Erlich said that Israeli security services were also investigating.

“We will not be intimidated, we will not be silenced,” she said, adding that threats against her and other embassy staff had increased since Oct. 7.

In November, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen summoned the Irish ambassador for a dressing down following “the outrageous words” of the country’s prime minister.

Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar drew criticism from Israeli leaders for calling one of the hostages released by Hamas “an innocent child who was lost and has now been found.”

Emily Hand, 8, was freed by the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip as part of a ceasefire agreement. Her father, Tom, is a 64-year-old Irish immigrant.

On Thursday, Israel’s embassy in the Netherlands was firebombed, weeks after Dutch police warned of a “serious threat” to the diplomatic mission.

Police in The Hague said that one suspect threw a “burning object” at the building, causing minor damage. Nobody was injured in the attack, which took place around 10:50 a.m.

The suspect was swiftly arrested.

In late January, an apparent explosive device was found near the Israeli embassy in Stockholm. The object was found outside the embassy grounds and the national bomb squad was dispatched to investigate.

On Dec. 26, Jerusalem confirmed that the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India, was targeted by an explosive device. The explosive was set off near the diplomatic mission.

The previous month, a far-right activist was arrested in Tokyo after crashing his car into a barricade close to the entrance of the Israeli embassy. One police officer sustained minor injuries in the attack.

In mid-October, an Israeli embassy official was attacked in Beijing as Hamas called for a day of global jihad against the Jewish people.

A week later, Cypriot police arrested four Syrians after an explosive device was thrown 100 feet away from Israel’s embassy in Nicosia.

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