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Israeli envoy receives message saying “Hitler was great..” amid controversy over ‘The Kashmir Files’


Amid ongoing controversy over filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files,’ Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, shared a post on Twitter on Saturday with a screenshot of a message he allegedly received, in which Hitler spoke about the Holocaust. “Great,” he said. Gilon was embroiled in controversy when he publicly condemned Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid for comments calling the 1990 massacre and the escape of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley “propaganda” and “vulgarity”.

He said, “I just wanted to share one of the few DMs I received in this direction. According to his profile, the man has a PhD. He doesn’t deserve my protection, but I’ve decided to delete his identity.

In a follow-up tweet, he thanked the good guys, saying he was “touched” by the support he had received.

He said, “He is moved by your support. The DMs mentioned in no way reflect the friendships enjoyed in India, including social media. I just wanted this to be a reminder that anti-Semitic sentiment exists, and we must collectively oppose it and keep the discussion on a civilized level,” he wrote.

The message he shared reportedly came days after Gilon’s reaction to Lapid’s comments at the government-organized International Film Festival of India in Goa. He even apologized to India in an ‘open letter’ on Twitter.

Gilon said Lapid had abused the Indian’s invitation to chair the jury in “the worst possible way”.

Lapid said ‘The Kashmir Files’ was a “propaganda film” that could not exist at a film festival. His strong opinion caused a wave of criticism on social media from film officials, politicians, and the general public.


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