An image comparing Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler was recently published in the Qatari newspaper Al-Watan, sparking outrage among organizations monitoring antisemitism. On Monday, The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) posted the article containing the image on its website.
Ghanem Nuseibeh, chair of Muslims Against Antisemitism, told Israel’s i24 News that Qatari media is heavily censored, and such extremist incitement would not be published without government approval. He further pointed out that this is not the first time the Qatari government has promoted antisemitism.
According to MEMRI, the Al-Watan article titled “The Mask of Democracy Has Slipped”, highlights Israel as a country that Western leaders portray to their citizens as an example to others in the Middle East. The article claims that Israel has used their position of a democratic country as an excuse to overlook conflicts with Palestinians.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a U.S.-based human rights organization, condemned the article’s use of the Hitler image to attack Prime Minister Netanyahu.