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Watch: Animal rights activist bursts at Ynet interviewer

Veganism advocate compares slaughterhouses to Nazi concentration camps, however feels insulted at suggestion Hitler was vegetarian. Watch Gary Yourofsky's controversial interview with Ynet

Amit Cotler
Published: 12.10.13, 00:24 / Israel News

Gary Yourofsky, an American animal rights activist currently visiting Israel, erupted at the end of an interview with Ynet after being asked about his equivocation of animal slaughter to the Holocaust.


Yourofsky was arrested 13 times between 1997 and 2001, and his short temper has resulted in several incidents throughout his career as an animal rights advocate and veganism lecturer. He is on his second lecture tour in Israel.


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He already courted controversy in Israel on Sunday when he pushed over a Ma'ariv columnist for wearing a leather jacket and punched a Channel 2 cameraman who was part of a documentary team filming Yourofsky's exploits in the country.


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The columnist noted that Yourofsky is barred from entering the UK or Canada because of his history of violence.


"If you went to the nearest concentration camp and you removed the animals and replaced them with humans, guess what you have? You have recreated Birkenau, Auschwitz," Yourofsky said to Ynet. 


He added: "Let me ask you something. Why don't you go apologize to all the Nazi parents for all the horrible things that you say about Nazis?"


Yourofsky furiously claimed that the interviewer was provoking him throughout the interview: "Animals are being… killed and I'm being… raked over the goddamn coals."


Roei Eisenberg contributed to this report



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