Images uploaded to Facebook depict Israeli politicians in SS uniforms..
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Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Sunday called on Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to open an immediate investigation into the posting on Facebook of images of politicians photoshopped in SS uniforms.
“This crosses a red line and I view this with great severity. We all remember where this type of incitement has led us in the past and we must work quickly to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”
Incitement on the Internet must not be tolerated, he said.
Aharonovitch’s statement came hours after an unknown person uploaded to Facebook a series of photos of Israeli politicians in SS uniforms, to protest their opposition to the “Jewish state” bill.
The pictures show President Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Israel Police chief Yohanan Danino and others in the Nazi uniforms.
The user, who opened the Facebook account on Sunday, goes by the name “Natan Zoabi.” In a caption for the pictures he wrote, “These are the anti-Semites who are against a Jewish state in the Land of Israel!” Such pictures have a very negative connotation, and bring back memories of the weeks and months before the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995, when opponents of Rabin’s circulated fliers of him in an SS uniform or wearing a keffiyeh.