Likud MK Miri Regev filed a complaint to the Knesset Sunday evening over a doctored image that was posted on Facebook showing her wearing a Nazi uniform and performing the Nazi salute.
Regev, who last week came under severe criticism for describing Sudanese migrants in Israel as a “cancer,” something she later apologized for, wrote on her Facebook page that “The photo is an act of extreme incitement against me, which crosses all red lines.”
On Saturday Regev said her statement on the migrants, made during her Wednesday speech in South Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood, was misconstrued, and apologized to people insulted by it.
In an interview for Channel 10 News on Saturday, Regev claimed that her statement that the Sudanese “are a cancer among us,” was intended to relate to the phenomenon of illegal migration in general and not to the migrants themselves. She rejected calls for violence against the migrants, saying there is no room for violence of any type within Israeli society.
“I’m sorry that the things I said were misunderstood… If anybody was hurt by them I, of course, apologize,” said Regev.
Regev was criticized for using the type of language against migrants as was used against the Jews during the Nazi era. Anti-racism protesters held a small demonstration outside her house in Rosh Ha’ayin on Saturday, calling on her to resign.
A group of supporters, including community leaders from southern Tel Aviv Neighborhoods, held a counter protest in her defense at the same time.
Regev claimed that she was not the first Israeli politician to compare others to cancer. She said that late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Peace Now director general Yariv Oppenheimer had both used the term about settlers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned the physical violence and the racial overtones of Wednesday’s protests. Netanyahu emphasized that his comments were directed not only at the residents of Tel Aviv, but also at the public officials, including Knesset members, who participated in the rally. “We will solve the problem (of illegal migration),” the prime minister reiterated, “and we will do so in a responsible manner.”