A gas station worker on Monday was ordered to pay NIS 200,000 ($57,000) in damages for calling a far-right activist a Nazi and flashing the Nazi salute.
The ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court came in response to a suit filed by Itamar Ben Gvir against gas station operator Paz, the manager of one of its convenience stores and employee Jackie Dalek.
In August 2017, Ben Gvir arrived at a Paz gas station in Tel Aviv. When he went inside the store to buy a Coca-Cola, Dalek began badgering him, calling him a Nazi, and gave him the Nazi salute. Dalek also told other costumers to greet the “fuhrer.”
While Paz and the convenience store manager filed responses to Ben Gvir’s suit, Dalek refused to do so, helping lead to Monday’s ruling.
“Just a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day, there is an important message here that anyone who calls a Jew a Nazi and even performs the Nazi salute will pay from his pocket and internalize that it is forbidden to disrespect the Holocaust,” he added.
Dalek was also ordered to pay NIS 10,000 to cover Ben Gvir’s legal costs.
Ben Gvir is known for his legal representation of far-right figures and his membership in the far-right Otzma Yehudit party.