In the latest use of Holocaust imagery by hareidi activists opposed to the new law that will require hareidi yeshiva students to serve in the IDF, a mock-up photo of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid dressed up as Nazi officers was widely distributed on social networks Monday.
In the mock-up, the two are seen burning volumes of the Talmud and Torah scrolls. In a second mock-up, yeshiva students are seen wearing concentration camp prisoner uniforms.
Upon seeing the photos, MK Shimon Ohayon (Likud Beiteinu) expressed shock, saying that beyond the insult to the two, the use of Holocaust imagery was “a travesty. I am shocked at the comparison of Lapid and Bennett to Nazis,” he said. “Is there still anyone who doubts the need for a law that would forbid the use of Nazi symbols, which would be used to prevent this exact kind of incident?”
Ohayon is the sponsor of a law that would forbid use of Nazi symbols, or calling someone a Nazi. The law was approved for a Knesset vote by the Ministerial Law Committee in January. The use of "Nazi" as an epithet is not uncommon in demonstrations by hareidim, and is mostly directed at police. However, leftists are also very fond of comparing nationalists to Nazis. Some Arabs in the Palestinian Authority openly resort to Nazi imagery against Israel.