The union of two âfascistsâ had the internet agitated after India Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the COP26 summit in Scotland.
PM Bennett on Monday tweeted a video in which him and PM Modi placed their hands on each otherâs shoulders while seemingly deep in conversation at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference that was under way in Glasgow. PM Bennett said it was âtruly greatâ to meet his Indian counterpart. PM Modi in response agreed the meeting was wonderful and said that the two states would continue working diplomatically for the betterment of the world. The Indian PM furthered that his country âdeeply valuedâ friendship with Israel.
— Naftali Bennett ×× × (@naftalibennett) November 1, 2021
Several internet users said that the meeting took place between two âfascistâ leaders. Author Shalija Patel said the video showed âfascist chemistryâ. Another user chimed in and said that âbirds of a (racist and fascist) feather flock togetherâ.
Fascist chemistry. https://t.co/xcmoEUfgUQ
— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) November 1, 2021
Other labels were also plastered on the two coming together, with one user opining that the two were âauthoritarian, nationalist [and] xenophobicâ.
Authoritarian nationalist xenophobic bigots of the world, unite! https://t.co/ynoykWY7xJ
— Karim Emile Bitar (@karimbitar) November 2, 2021
Many also pointed out that both leaders were united in their disdain for Muslims. A user jabbed that the duo stood together against Muslims, while another said that âfar rightâ had come together. Another said that the two represented the two most âcruel, racist and murderous statesâ.
PM Bennett has led Israel since former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted from the Israeli Parliament in June this year. Israel under Netanyahu was often decried for waging war crimes against Palestinians. At the time of the government change, several media reports claimed that PM Bennetâs rule would be no different for Palestinians than Netanyahuâs. Meanwhile, PM Modiâs policies have often been critiqued as oppressive towards Muslims in India.