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'Hitler moustache' casts shadow over Merkel-Netanyahu meeting

© © Marc Israel Sellem

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-26

An awkward image from a joint press conference by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commemorating 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries is making the rounds on the Internet.

The picture shows a "Hitler moustache" inadvertently cast on the face of Merkel by the pointing finger of the Israeli Prime Minister.

The image was captured by Marc Israel Sellem, a photographer for the Jerusalem Post, who immediately posted the picture on his Facebook page, leading to an avalanche of tweets, comments and Facebook likes and shares.

The image was also posted on the Facebook page of The Post, the Hebrew site of the Jerusalem Post.

The "Jerusalem Post" moved to distance itself from the image.

“I just want to clarify that none of the higher-ups at JPost are pushing that picture. It's not on our site and won't be in the newspaper,” tweeted Lahav Harkov, a Jerusalem Post reporter.

An official of the newspaper wondered if such a picture could really be worth a thousand tweets.

It is not the first time that the visual imagery of Nazi Germany has cast a shadow over meetings between Merkel and Netanyahu.

In 2012, a photograph from another joint press conference, this time taken as the German Chancellor pointed, seemed to show her making a “Sieg Heil” salute as Netanyahu looked on, smiling.

 

Date created : 2014-02-26

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