JERUSALEM, April 2 (JTA) — In an attempt at some April Fools’ Day humor, an Egyptian newspaper ran an April 1 mock headline this week, “Netanyahu and Sharon Murdered by a Palestinian Woman.” The story in Al Watan al Arabi, a paper aligned with the centrist opposition, was described as a “Special Report from Tel Aviv.” The story described how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon were killed by a hand grenade thrown at them by a Palestinian woman whose three sons had been killed by Israeli soldiers. The paper, which explained that the story was a hoax in the spirit of April 1, said a real report of Netanyahu’s murder would not come as a surprise. “It is the logical result of his muscle-flexing acts,” the paper said. In a separate development, the Israeli Embassy in Cairo said Wednesday that it was filing a complaint after the Egyptian government newspaper al-Ahram left Israel off a map of the Middle East and replaced it with a depiction of Palestine in its pre-1948 borders. The map accompanied a story about a plan to export electricity from Egypt to other Arab countries. Israel is not part of the plan. Embassy spokesman Lior Ben-Dor said he was filing a complaint to the editor of al-Ahram, adding, “We will take the necessary steps to correct what has to be corrected.” The embassy has complained to Egyptian publishers in the past about attempts to ignore Israel’s existence.
Egyptian April Fools’ prank: Palestinian murders Netanyahu