Jerusalem, December 15, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed its shock and outrage over the depiction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Hitler. A Hitler-like mustache comprised of the word incitement was superimposed on Netanyahu's image and was displayed on a wall at the Shenkar College of Art.
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, and Carole Nuriel, Director of ADL's Israel Office, issued the following statement:
We are deeply shocked by the use of Nazi imagery and the comparison to Adolf Hitler in a poster that appeared in the Shenkar College of Art. The use of Nazi imagery to demonize the Israeli prime minister denigrates the memory of the Shoah and its victims.
Such Holocaust analogies inflame rather than inform and cross the lines of legitimate discourse. Freedom of expression is absolutely essential to Israel’s open society. However, the country already has paid a tragic price for similar incitement against its leaders.
Today, unfortunately, another norm was violated.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.