After his life was threatened yesterday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was called a “Nazi convert.” Rivlin responded to the recent incidents, saying that he will continue to voice his opinions even if he is criticized.

The graffiti

The graffiti Photo Credit: Itay Gadassi/Channel 2 News

After graffiti labeling Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a “Nazi convert” was discovered on the exterior wall of a Haredi school in Bnei Brak, Rivlin said that public officials need to remain true to themselves even if their beliefs draw criticism and put them in the “line of fire.”

“Sometimes, it’s not easy to hold the title of ‘public servant,’” Rivlin said during a summit Wednesday in Jerusalem. “Sometimes, it brings you into the line of fire, to the points of confrontation…but the personal faith in these two words, public servant, is stronger than everything.”

In response to the graffiti, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “These kinds of slogans are worthy of every condemnation and they have no place in the public discourse in Israel.”     

The graffiti was spray-painted hours after an Israeli woman wrote on Twitter that Rivlin “should be under the ground” following his sharp speech at the Knesset. During the speech, Rivlin accused the current leadership of weakening Israel’s democracy.