Israeli Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly instructed the state-run “Army Radio” to halt any future broadcasts of Israeli poet and songwriter Yehonatan Geffen, calling the poetâs work âsickening and outrageousâ.
On Monday night, Geffen released a short poem to hisÂ Instagram accountÂ in which he compared imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi to famed Jewish holocaust victim Anne Frank, David of the Biblical David and Goliath, and historic war hero and Catholic Saint, Joan of Arc.
âA pretty girl 17 years old did a terrible thing,â Geffenâs poem reads. ââŠon the day that the story of the struggle will be told â you, Ahed TamimiâŠ You will be in the same ranks as Joan of Arc, Chana Senesh and Anne Frank.â
In a fiery FacebookÂ post, Liebermann condemned the poem and called on Israeli media to boycott the 70-year-old poet, according to the PNN.
âThe State of Israel will not give a stage to a drunk comparing a girl who perished in the Holocaust and a heroine fighter who fought against the Nazi regime to Ahad Tamimi,â said Liebermann.
Liebermann was quickly rebuffed by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, however, who refuted Liebermannâs legal authority to interfere with the Army Radio broadcast.
âThe legal authority to determine the content of the stationâs broadcasts is only in the hands of its professional officials,â said Mandelbit.
The position of Army Radio Commander is appointed by the Ministry of Defense, and whose current commander, Commander Shimon Elkabetz, Lieberman called on directly, to see Geffen banned, according to his Facebook post.
Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.
This is not the first time Geffen has been embroiled in controversy. In 2015, Geffen was the victim of aÂ home invasionÂ after a series of posts likened the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Nakba.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.