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September 28, 2012 9:19 am

AP, Reuters Blasted for Netanyahu Nazi Salute Photo

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AP photo of Netanyahu from his UN speech. Photo: screenshot.

Photos of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu from his speech at the United Nations on Thursday published by two of the world’s largest newswires show him making a gesture eerily similar to the infamous Nazi salute.

The photos capture Netanyahu extending his left arm with his hand in the same formation that was used during the Third Reich to “Heil Hitler”.  In Nazi Germany, the right arm was generally used for Nazi salutes, however the left arm was accepted if there was a physical disability.

“Of the hundreds of professional photos taken at this speech, the AP and Reuters decided to push these onto the wire,” wrote Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard.

Reuters photo of Netanyahu from his UN speech. Photo: screenshot.

Abraham Foxman, the National Director of the Anti Defamation League, called the the decision by both Reuters and AP “ugly” and “disgusting”.

“I can’t believe it, if it in fact happened,” he told The Daily Caller. “I think it is ugly, disgusting, offensive. Strong words to follow.”

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