Israeli school finds Nazi screensaver on computers
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Israeli school finds Nazi screensaver on computers

Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, cops probe how memes of Hitler, concentration camps appeared on Petah Tikva school’s network

Illustrative image of school computers (shironosov /iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative image of school computers (shironosov /iStock by Getty Images)

Police are investigating how Nazi images appeared as screensavers on computers in a school in the central Israel city of Petah Tikva.

Several students were detained by police Wednesday after a complaint was filed about two memes of Hitler and concentration camps which appeared on the computer network of the high school.

A police spokesperson said that “it appears that a minor, a student of the educational institution, did some work on a computer in one of the classes, in which he created a presentation with Nazi content.”

“He set that as the screensaver on that computer. Because that computer was connected to the network, the screensaver was also installed on other computers,” the spokesman said.

Petah Tikva Mayor Itzik Braverman condemned the incident.

“The dissemination of Nazi content on the school computers in front of children and teenagers is a criminal act that causes shock and horror, especially occurring so close to Holocaust Remembrance Day,” Braverman said.

Police are also investigating several incidents of swastikas spray-painted in various locations in the city in the past few weeks.

Five days ago a swastika was graffitied on the Amir elementary school. Similar graffiti was daubed on separate occasions in other places including on a bus shelter and a city map.

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