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Madonna Under Fire for Depicting French Politician With a Swastika on Her Forehead During Tel Aviv Performance

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"After lecturing Israelis on 'treating every human being with dignity and respect...'"

(Photo: AP)

Madonna's recent concert in Tel Aviv has managed to outrage Israelis, Frenchmen, and a fair number of the woman's fans internationally.

What did she do?  Well, after lecturing Israelis on treating "every human being with dignity and respect," Madonna displayed French politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead, before fading to an image where she also appeared to be dressed as Hitler.

Not a "respectful" move in Israel by any means, nor does it seem to reflect the "dignity" Madonna demanded Israelis treat their peers with.

"For a show that was originally billed as a 'Concert for Peace,' the opening night of Madonna's world tour in Tel Aviv, Israel, featured a disproportionate amount of violence," one reporter wrote, citing the disproportionate use of guns and Nazi imagery.

Dan Williams of Reuters similarly remarked that Madonna "showcased grim dance routines depicting violence and bloody gunmen," while simultaneously wishing peace on the unstable region.

“I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason,” Madonna explained, ignoring calls to boycott the country.

"All the conflicts that occur here [in the Middle East] and have been occurring here for thousands of years; they have to stop...You cannot be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world," she declared.

But Marine Le Pen has interpreted the concert quite differently, it seems, and not without justification.

While her party has been accused of racism and anti-Semitism in the past, Marine has pledged to reform the party from the days of her father-- who denied the Holocaust ever took place.

A Party spokesperson elaborated, saying they would be watching Madonna "very closely" for a repeat performance, and if she tried the move in France she would "certainly be taken to court."

See the clip of the performance, below (skip to 1:32 to see Le Pen's appearance):

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