Tel Aviv police will summon for questioning a woman who uploaded a video in which she is seen defecating while sitting above an Israeli flag, as classical music plays in the background.
Natali Cohen Vaxberg, an actress affiliated with the extreme left, will be investigated in the coming days on suspicion of desecrating Israel’s state flag.
A spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv District of the Israel Police said that while Israel was deeply committed to upholding the right to free speech, Vaxberg’s contentious act deeply insulted the public and directly clashed with other values deemed highly important to the Israeli people, the Haaretz daily reported.
Vaxberg is no stranger to controversy, and a number of videos she has uploaded in the past have raised the ire of many. Among other things, in her films she has compared IDF soldiers to Nazis and maintained that the Holocaust was “the best thing to have ever happened to the Jews,” since it allowed them to “occupy Palestinian land uninterrupted.”
In 2008, Vaxberg filed a complaint with police after she claimed to have received death threats over a video she filmed in the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.
Vaxberg has repeatedly defended her actions, saying that her videos are works of art.