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Israeli: Chilean official drew a penis in my passport

‘From first moment, guy at the border was hostile. They then detained us for hour and a half,’ says Tal Y’aakobi

A page from an Israeli passport said to belong to Israeli Tal Ya'akobi. The offensive image, Ya'akobi said, was drawn by a Chilean border official when Ya'akobi crossed from Argentina to Chile. (JTA)
A page from an Israeli passport said to belong to Israeli Tal Ya'akobi. The offensive image, Ya'akobi said, was drawn by a Chilean border official when Ya'akobi crossed from Argentina to Chile. (JTA)

An Israeli traveler says a Chilean border official drew a penis and wrote “Viva Palestinia” in his passport.

Tal Y’aakobi, 25, of Rosh HaAyin, said his passport was defaced two years ago when he crossed into Chile from Argentina, The Independent reported Friday. The words written translate to “Long Live Palestine.”

The London Jewish Chronicle reported the story earlier in the week, but did not provide details or identify Y’aakobi.

Details of the incident emerged only this week after an Israeli journalist tweeted a photo of the relevant page of the passport.

“From the first moment, the guy at the border was hostile, and threw my passport in front of my face. They then detained us for an hour and a half on purpose until we moved,” Y’aakobi told The Independent.

“There was no reason to do this, only because I am Jewish.”

Y’aakobi told the Independent he did not notice the crude illustration or accompanying text until four or five days after the incident.

After returning to Israel, Ya’akobi had to order a new passport which cost him NIS 1230 ($315). According to Israeli law, in cases where a passport is defaced, citizens are sometimes required to bring a court declaration with them when they apply for a new passport. It was not clear whether Ya’akobi was required to do so.

Both the Chilean and Israeli embassies in London declined to comment, The Independent reported.

Israeli tourists have complained previously of anti-Israel sentiment in South America. In December, posters saying “Boycott Against Israeli Military Tourism” were put up in Bariloche, a city popular with Israeli tourists.

— Times of Israel contributed to this report.

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