Israel irked by photos of officials in Nazi uniforms

Press TV — Nov 30, 2014

Israeli government officials depicted as Nazis

Israeli government officials depicted as Nazis

Israeli authorities are launching a probe into photos posted on the Internet featuring the regime’s top officials in Nazi uniforms.

Calls for investigations came after President Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and a number of public figures were shown in Nazi uniforms on a fictitious Facebook account under the name Natan Zoabi.

On Sunday, the Israeli prosecutor’s office ordered the police to find those behind the move.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch called the page “the crossing of a black line.”

“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.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein also criticized the move, saying, “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.”

Edelstein called on Israelis to denounce such actions “and put out the fire before it destroys us.”

In June 2013, a photo depicting Lapid as Hitler was circulated on the Internet.