Triple Olympic medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi apologized after his awkward comments posted on Twitter.
On the evening of Tuesday, October 31, French athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi published a message on the X platform (formerly Twitter) where he compared Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler. “Adolf Hitler is an altar boy next to Netanyahu!” notably wrote the champion
This publication created controversy and generated strong reactions on social networks. Jean Messiha, Arnaud Robinet and even the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra were particularly indignant at the tweet of the triple Olympic medalist in the 3,000 meters steeplechase.
“My comparison was clumsy”
The day after this publication, the newly retired deleted his tweet which had more than 500,000 views as of early morning. Mahiedine Mekhissi then apologized in a new message also published on excuse for this, I reacted with emotion”, we can read in particular on the athlete’s account.
Israel launched a war aimed at annihilating Hamas, but today it is civilians who are being annihilated, and that is what makes me angry.
My comparison was clumsy and bad and I apologize for that, I reacted with emotion.
— Mekhissi Mahiedine (@officielmmb) November 1, 2023
“I condemn all terrorism, whether from the Israelis or Palestinians. I am not anti-Semitic, I condemn what Hamas is doing, I simply wish peace and love for peoples.” concludes the 38-year-old quadruple European champion.