Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the World Zionist Congress last week that the mufti of Jerusalem gave Adolf Hitler the idea for the Holocaust, prompting swift and widespread condemnation from serious people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quick to put the Nazi leader back on the hook, saying “Germany abides by its responsibility for the Holocaust.” And Israeli historians and politicians publicly denounced Netanyahu’s claim, comparing it to the rhetoric of conspiracy theorists.
“With this, Netanyahu joins a long line of people that we would call Holocaust deniers,” Moshe Zimmerman, a professor of German history at Hebrew University, told the New York Times.
At the same time, the wheels of Internet mockery got rolling, providing a lighter take on the controversy. Here are some of the best jabs: