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The Shaham poster affair: bad taste is not violence

Police arrested two haredim who distributed posters comparing Jerusalem police chief Niso Shaham to a Nazi leader. No lesser agency than the International and Serious Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

The poster is unquestionably an example of bad taste—even though Shaham behaves in an ugly manner toward the hardim—but to charge its authors with incitement to violence is entirely baseless. Such frivolous charges are hardly possible in most modern democracies—except in the totalitarian state of Israel.

Poster with Shaham

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