Merkel 'Hitler' Photo in Israel Is a Sensation

Netanyahu casts an unfortunate shadow on German leader
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Benjamin Netanyahu casts a Hilteresque shadow on Angela Merkel in this photo captured by Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post.   (Twiiter/Original photo by Marc Israel Sellem)

(Newser) – Photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post wins craziest-photo-of-the-day honors, and it might be tough to beat him in all of 2014. He captured Benjamin Netanyahu casting a shadow on German leader Angela Merkel's face that looks for all the world like a Hitler mustache, reports Mediaite. The Post initially didn't run the photo, but sister paper Israel Post did, and it soon became an Internet smash. Haaretz rounds up some of the reaction here.

"When I saw the photo on my computer, I thought that it was unique and funny," says Sellem. "It was not my intention to insult Merkel in any way or to make any kind of Nazi connotation with the photo." (Read more Angela Merkel stories.)

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