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Yehonathan Geffen apologizes for comparing Ahed Tamimi to Anne Frank

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Liberman had asked Israeli media to boycott Geffen following his controversial poem

Yehonathan Geffen eventually apologized for his poem where he compared Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi to two victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank and Hannah Szenes. 

Ahead of a concert he was due to play on Saturday, Geffen said the comparison was "a mistake" and offered an apology "to anyone who was personally offended.”

Avigdor Librman, the most vocal critic of the poem, tweeted a response to the apology reading "the one who confesses and changes, finds mercy," a quote from the Bible. 

Sixteen-year old Tamimi kicked and slapped Israeli soldiers in her home village of Nabi Saleh,  turning her into an icon of Palestinian resistance as her trial made the news around the world.

Shortly after Geffen's poem was posted online,  Liberman had requested Gal Galatz, the Israeli military radio station, to stop giving him a platform in light of his "outrageous" remarks.

Ahed Tamimi has been detained since the 19 December on charges of “assaulting a soldier, harming the security of the area, incitement, and other felonies,” court documents say. She is to be detained until the trial takes place, despite an international campaign for her liberation.

Yehonatan Geffen, who is an Israeli poet, singer and writer, joined into the campaign to liberate Tamimi with a post on Instagram where he compared her actions to the deeds of Joan of Arc, saying "She was born into it and in that slap."

"In that slap there were 50 years of occupation and humiliation," Geffen says in the post.

"You, Ahed Tamimi, like David who slapped Goliath, You will be on a par with Joan of Arc, Chana Senesh and Anne Frank,” the post concluded.

Anne Frank, who authored a diary before being deported and killed in concentration camps from the Netherlands, lived in hiding with her family until Nazi occupation authorities uncovered her hidden shelter.

Liberman has called the post "sickening" and called on Israeli media at large to stop giving Geffen a platform.

“The State of Israel will not grant a platform to a man who compares a girl who died in the Holocaust and a heroic warrior who fought the Nazi regime with the brat Ahed Tamimi, who attacked a soldier. Geffen’s headline-seeking is sickening and outrageous,” he said in a statement.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, however, slammed Liberman saying he has no legal right to encroach on the editorial line of Army Radio, let alone the rest of the media in Israel.

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