An online holocaust event held by the Israeli embassy in Germany had to be suspended after "anti-Semitic trolls" disrupted the testimony of a so-called holocaust survivor in a case of what is being termed Zoom bombing.
The online meeting was part of a series of outreach events for Germany’s Jews. In an effort to reach as broad an audience as possible, the information needed to enter the Zoom event was widely publicized.
After the event opened and "holocaust survivor" Zvi Herschel began telling his story, anonymous participants began displaying pictures of Adolf Hitler and shouting anti-Semitic and pro-Palestinian slogans, according to Jeremy Issacharoff, Israel’s ambassador to Germany. Pornographic images were also shown on the screen, he said
Issacharoff told Haaretz in a telephone interview Tuesday that the Zoom session was quickly suspended once the disruptions began. Shortly afterwards, it was reconvened in a more restrictive manner, with each person entering having to be identified by name, and "continued in a respectful and dignified way."
Issacharoff further said that after the incident, "it became clear to the embassy staff that next week’s planned community commemoration of Israel’s Memorial Day would have to be limited to entry by password and could not be widely publicized".
As the coronavirus pandemic was breaking out, The Forward reported about the first cases of "Zoom bombing" of Jewish propaganda events, describing it as incidents when uninvited attendees post "hateful and graphic" material in Zoom video conferences.