Daily Israel Report

Police Raid, Arrest Suspects in Nazi Montage

Two men arrested suspected of depicting Jerusalem police chief as Nazi – but leftists who did the same were treated differently.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/4/2012, 5:59 PM

Incitement against Shacham.
Incitement against Shacham.
Arutz Sheva

Police raided the homes of two people suspected of creating and distributing a photomontage showing Jerusalem District Police Chief Niso Shacham in Nazi uniform. The suspects were arrested and their computers were confiscated along with documents.

The suspects are believed to have used the photomontage in a poster that incites against Shacham. The poster's main header says "Freshly imported from Berlin." It contains a quote from Shacham in which he utters a profane word with regard to hareidi-religious Jews and adds a demeaning expression that literally means "Iet them burn" (Shacham's utterance was caught on videotape in 2005 during the harsh police action against demonstrators in Kfar Maimon, who were protesting the Disengagement from Gaza).

The poster goes on to say Shacham is guilty of genocide, says he is continuing Hitler's work, and predicts that his demise will be similar to that of the Nazi mass murderers.

The suspects are residents of Beit Shemesh, aged 26 and 55. They are believed to have distributed the posters in Me'ah Shearim, in Jerusalem. Police will ask the Rishon LeTzion Magistrates' Court to extend their remand.

Strangely, authorities seemed to exhibit a much more lax approach to a very similar offense committed by a left-wing blogger. 

The blog featured a demand that Netanyahu and members of his government be put on trial. It showed a caption that read "The Main Suspect: Binyamin Netanyahu," and beneath it three photomontage pictures that show Netanyahu in Nazi uniform.  

The bloggers compared the Prime Minister to a drunk who has cruelly murdered a loved one, demanded that he and his ministers be brought to a "field trial" and called on the public to take action in this direction.

The police were instructed not to pursue an investigation against the blog, however. In a letter sent in November to MK Ofir Akunis (Likud), who had filed a complaint against the bloggers in August, police explained that Deputy State Attorney Shai Nitzan determined that there was "no criminal guilt" in the publication of the montages.