Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Alex Kolomoisky/POOL

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) slammed the left-leaning Hebrew daily Haaretz Thursday afternoon, saying that an article it published on Tuesday “cheapened” the memory of the Holocaust.

The offending article, written by Tel Aviv University professor of anthropology Moshe Shoked, compared the behavior of Israel’s academia today with the passivity of Germany and Austrian universities in the face of the Nazi Party’s rise in the 1930s.  

In the piece, entitled “Passive in the cheerful days of Weimar”, Shoked directed his sharpest attacks against Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), excoriating the minister’s behavior as being “reminiscent of dark regimes from other times”, a thinly veiled reference to the Nazi regime which replaced the Weimar Republic.  

Shaked responded to the piece noting both the incitement against Bennett and more importantly, the shameless use of the memory of the Holocaust.

“This isn’t merely incitement against Education Minister Naftali Bennett,” explained Shaked. “He’s strong enough, he’ll continue on and I’m not worried about him. It’s this ongoing cheapening of the Holocaust, this horrible way they’re using it’s [legacy]. When you compare the Education Minister of Israel to the Nazis, that’s cheapening the Holocaust.”

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