Police to Probe Facebook Page Featuring Israeli Politicians in Nazi Uniforms

President Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Finance Minister Yair Lapid are among the public figures shown in SS uniforms.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Israeli politicians in Nazi garb.Credit: Facebook
Yaniv Kubovich

The State Prosecutor's Office ordered the police to open an investigation into the posting of fabricated photos depicting the president, ministers and other public figures in Nazi uniforms.

Besides President Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid were shown in Nazi uniforms on a fictitious Facebook account under the name Natan Zoabi, as were Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and former minister Michael Eitan. The page, which has since been removed, featured the text: “Anti-Semites who are opposed to a Jewish state in the Land of Israel (to the nation-state law)!”

Earlier on Sunday, Minister Itzhak Aharonovitch called the page “the crossing of a black line,” adding “we all remember where such incitement led in the past and we must act quickly to find those involved and bring them to justice. Expressions of incitement must not be allowed on the Internet and on social media, and it is our obligation to root out the violence that is common there.”

Aharonovitch said he recommended a few days ago to the prime minister to involve all security and law-enforcement agencies in rooting out the matter. He also called on the Attorney General to open an investigation into the matter.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein also decried the posting of the pictures. “We must not take lightly any such disgusting act of this type. As we have warned more than once, the roots of violence and incitement spread like wildfire – as we saw in the disgraceful harassment of the bilingual school in Jerusalem.”

Edelstein also noted that the various sides to political discourse must work together to denounce such actions, “and put out the fire before it destroys us,” he said.

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