Daily Israel Report

'Lapid Hitler Photo Contributes to Anti-Semitism Worldwide'

JNF issues harsh condemnation after a photo was published on Facebook depicting Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid as Adolf Hitler.
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 6/19/2013, 5:14 PM

The Jewish National Fund (JNF), which is now convening in Jerusalem, has released a harsh condemnation, after a photo was published on Facebook depicting Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid as Adolf Hitler.

The condemnation came immediately after a ceremony in honor of the memory of Righteous Gentile Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the father of Yair Lapid, along with thousands of other Jews, during the Holocaust.

"We, the Presidents of the JNF from 40 countries, express disgust and deep shock at depicting the Finance Minister of Israel and son of a Holocaust survivor as Adolf Hitler and an enemy of the Jews," the message read.

The JNF noted that as anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial continues to spread throughout the world, it is the duty of Israeli society to condemn such actions and not to allow for such methods to become legitimate means of public debate.

The photo caption, which went viral on the social networking site on Monday, read: "enemy of the Israeli economy."

Public relations man Rani Rahav called the police to launch an investigation following the publication of the photo and determine who is responsible.

“I call on every citizen in Israel democracy happen to him condemn a post immediately. I ask the Israeli police to investigate this immediately," he added.