A tasteless brand of humor, or a clever display of satire?

The talk of social media users in Israel this past Purim was a controversial photograph of high school students from the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion who dressed up as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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The 17 students from Harel High School in Mevasseret dressed up in white sheets and hoods with one of the “Klansmen” posing with a cross. In the foreground, three of the students painted their face in black to portray African-Americans.


The KKK is a white supremacist organization that originated in the American South in the 1860s. It waged a campaign of terrorism against blacks and non-Protestant whites in an attempt to combat desegregation during the civil rights era.