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Is There Nazi-Style Propaganda In Israel?

By Yisrael Medad
4/17/2009, 12:00 AM
Welcome/Wilkommen to Israel's Homegrown Nazi Propaganda.

Is that a bit too strong a headline for you?

Well, make your own judgment.

Here's the satirical photo that adorns this morning's Ma'ariv Weekend Political Section, page 23:



That's Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, if you have difficulty recognizing him.

His portrait is adorned in a red lipstick overlay with the words, in German, meine Liebe!, my love/mydear one, in Gothic script.

It's the creation of one "Lahav", e-mail: bigeyes.express@gmail.com.

Now, I know that the left in Israel considers Lieberman a fascist.

And I know that his name is "Lieberman".

But to draw overt attention, via the German Gothic element, to Nazi reminisces or, perhaps, to recall homoerotic memories of Max Hansen (*) of Berlin? That was his only creative graphic choice?

After all, Lieberman is Moldavian. Lahav couldn't have found a more relevant model? He just had to link up with the German/Nazi association, eh?

And while I agree, it's not Rabin in a SS uniform, it is unmistakeably intended to draw a subliminal link with Nazi art flavor.

But he's alright, that Lahav, he won't have to flee Israel like Hansen needed to flee Germany.

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In 1932, Max Hansen satirised Adolf Hitler as a homosexual with his song "War'n Sie schon mal in mich verliebt?" (Did you ever fall in love with me?).