Is There Nazi-Style Propaganda In Israel?
Yisrael MedadYisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim...
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: email@example.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.
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?).