Jerusalem Nazi flyer 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A flyer showing Jerusalem police chief Nisso Shaham as Adolf Hitler distributed
to mailboxes in haredi (ultra-Orthodox) areas drew sharp condemnation from
police officials on Tuesday.
The flyer shows Shaham’s head pasted onto a
photo of Hitler, with the words, “Adolf Nisso Shaham – Genocide!” and “We made
it through Hitler, and we will make it through his successor.”
Haredi use of Holocaust symbols reaps condemnation
Ultra-Orthodox protest ‘incitement' and 'hatred’
also featured photos of Jewish prisoners from the Holocaust alongside images of
Saturday night’s protest in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood, during which
protesters wore yellow stars and dressed up in striped outfits, claiming they
were oppressed as Jews were oppressed during the Holocaust.
man with this sickening label is undermining the foundations of democracy and
legitimizes violence and catastrophes against the State of Israel’s commanders
and police, even encouraging physical harm against the officer and his family,”
said Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino.
Danino added that the
police took every incident of incitement seriously. He ordered the
investigations unit Lahav 443 to investigate any issues of provocation from the
haredi sector against police officers.
Saturday’s protest and the use of
Holocaust imagery created an uproar among survivors and institutions that deal
with the Holocaust.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Weisenthal
Center in Israel, said the protest was “an obvious abuse of the memory of the
Holocaust, insulting to all Jews and Holocaust survivors.”
“They want to
lash out against the last holy cow of Israeli society, so by using the Shoah in
this manner they are spitting in the face of the Israeli public,” Zuroff said
earlier this week.
Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report.