A poster designed by the Israeli group Adler Group, which is funded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has become a symbol of anti-Semitism in the Jewish state.
The poster, entitled “The Holocaust was not a hoax,” is on display at the Israeli consulate in Washington, DC.
It depicts a man, presumably Jewish, holding a cross over his chest, a white shirt over his head, and an Israeli flag with the word “Hamas” written in red across the center.
The slogan “Jews must not return” appears on the back of the poster, which reads: “The Jewish people, in Israel, have been living here for over 400 years and the state of Israel has been under the control of the Jewish people for more than 200 years.
And the Jewish nation was not created by an Arab.
The Jewish people are the product of the state, it was created in the image of God and it was built on the foundation of the Torah.
The Torah, and the Torah law, were written by the Jews, not the Arabs.
The State of Israel is not an Arab state.
The Jews are the true citizens of Israel.
We are the Jews.
The ad, which was made public by Israeli publication Haaretz on Thursday, is part of a campaign by Adler, a global design and advertising firm, to push anti-Arab sentiment and to attack Israeli Arabs.
A spokesperson for the consulate said Adler is “working to create a better understanding between the State of Israeli-Arab relations and Israel, while making sure that Israel remains a Jewish state.”
The ad has drawn criticism from human rights organizations and a number of prominent Israeli politicians.
On Thursday, the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu , and a large group of his cabinet ministers attended a ceremony in the United States to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the State to Combat Anti-Semitism, a memorial in Washington dedicated to the Jewish victims of anti and anti-Semitic violence.
At the ceremony, Netanyahu thanked US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for their efforts to combat anti-Jewish and antiwar sentiment.
During the ceremony Trump also praised the Israeli military for its “bravery in combating this very dangerous ideology,” the spokesperson said.
Adler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on Israel to implement a new anti-hate law.
The Israeli government has long denied the existence of anti–Jewish and antisemitic activity in the country.