Israel: Bnei Brak graffiti dubbing president a ‘Nazi’ sparks outcry


President Reuven Rivlin seen at the Talmud Torah Boston school in Bnei Brak during the opening of the new academic school year. August 23, 2017. (Mark Neyman/GPO)
Netanyahu condemns anti-Rivlin vandalism; incident appears tied to president’s visit to ultra-Orthodox school 2 months ago

By Stuart Winer | The Times of Israel

Graffiti branding President Reuven Rivlin a “Nazi” was sprayed in the central city of Bnei Brak, in an apparent protest of his visit to an ultra-Orthodox elementary school there at the beginning of the school year two months ago.

A Hebrew slogan daubed on the walls of the school in the ultra-Orthodox city read, “Rivlin is a Nazi apostate.” Another seemingly referred to Rivlin’s visit to the school.

Police opened an investigation into the incident. In a statement, police said they received a complaint about the vandalism on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the graffiti, saying in a statement on Wednesday, “these kind of slogans deserve every condemnation and have no place in the public discourse in Israel.”

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