The Twitter account of the Israeli Embassy in Dublin has deleted an image of the "Mona Lisa" in Muslim attire accompanied by the words "Israel now, Paris next."
The tweet, sent on Sept. 12, included the message: "Don't say we didn't warn...." It quickly prompted a backlash on Twitter.
The image of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting also was altered to show the subject holding what appears to be a rocket. The "Mona Lisa" is one of the best-known artworks at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The French capital was rocked by deadly Islamist extremist attacks last week.
The Twitter account of Israel's embassy in Ireland, @IsraelinIreland, had previously shared the image at the height of the conflict in the Gaza Strip last year (and subsequently deleted it).
The account often tweets provocative images targeting Islamist extremism and anti-Semitism. Often, it is aimed at challenging a perceived hypocrisy among Americans and Europeans.
However, in the wake of the Paris attacks, the "Mona Lisa" image seemed especially controversial. As the Jerusalem Post put it, the implied message appeared to be: "We told you so, France."
In an e-mail, a spokesman for the embassy said the image had been taken from the Web site of the Israel Project, a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization, and was shared "to symbolize the meaning of the Islamist terrorist attack on European and democratic values."
However, the image was taken down because of "abusive, vile and anti-Semitic comments in response to it," the spokesman said.