Likud activists on Monday filed a complaint with the police against Meir Mendelson, a resident of Tel Aviv who is allegedly responsible for a YouTube video showing Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels endorsing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The video, titled “Bibi Uber Alles,” clearly violates pending and existing laws against using Nazi imagery and inciting hatred. It shows Goebbels speaking to a mass audience of Germans in archival footage from a Nazi rally in the 1930s. Interspersed with archival footage of Nazi-supporting masses, the obviously edited video shows shots of “settler” types, including what appears to be a woman wearing a head scarf – and oddly, one who bears a striking resemblance to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The video’s author is listed as “Christian101,” but it appeared last week on Mendelson’s Facebook page. Mendelson wrote in a comment that “the cult of personality encouraged by Bibi the megalomaniac will lead to a catastrophe.”
Commenters who identified themselves as both leftists and rightists condemned the video, with right-wing activists saying that the video shows not just the left’s frustrated hatred of the right – but also its hypocrisy; weeks after the hareidi-religious use of Nazi imagery to protest arrests in Mea Shearim and Beit Shemesh was roundly condemned by everyone, not one public voice of the leftists who were quick to say they “fear for Israeli democracy” has been raised in the several weeks since the video has been posted.
The two young Likud members who filed the complaint on Monday told Army Radio, “Recently, there has been increasing incitement against the Prime Minister and the distance between the clip and physical harm is very short.”