New York, NY, December 2, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called a Facebook group’s use of a photoshopped image of Nazi concentration camp prisoners holding anti-Israel signs “an affront to humanity” and urged Facebook to remove this photo under their community standards prohibiting use of their platform for malicious purposes. ADL further called upon individuals and groups to condemn such use of Holocaust imagery.
The Facebook group “I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists,” purportedly founded to “promote the narrative that Palestinians deserve the same rights and liberties that Israeli’s [sic] enjoy,” posted an edited image of emaciated survivors of Austria’s Ebensee concentration camp. The photo was altered to appear with survivors holding signs that read “Break the Silence on Gaza,” “Stop the Holocaust in Gaza,” “Israel Assassins,” and “Stop US Aid to Israel.” Also imposed on the photo was “Whatever happened to ‘Never again?” [sic].
“Anti-Israel activists have shown the true depth of their malice by sharing this horrific image on social media,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. “Whatever their perspective is about the conflict in the Middle East or the experience of the Palestinian people, taking an image of Holocaust survivors and defacing it in this way is sick and an affront to humanity.”
Mr. Foxman added, “While it is reassuring that the majority of Facebook users who have commented on the image expressed disgust and outrage, the silence from the vast majority of organizations that sympathize with the Palestinian people have effectively sanctioned this tactic. We call upon these organizations to condemn the use of this offensive imagery, and urge Facebook to remove this photo under their community standards prohibiting use of their platform for malicious purposes.”
ADL has expressed concern over the use of Holocaust imagery in popular culture as a tactic to provoke and garner attention to political causes such as the gun control debate and animal rights advocacy. The League has also documented such use by anti-Israel activists.