American punk-rock band NOFX got into hot water on Saturday when it posted a Fourth of July greeting that said: "Happy 4th of JEW-LIE."
The greeting to mark the United States' Independence Day is modeled on the cover of the band's 2003 album 'The War of Errorism,' with only the text changed, and appears to imply that the Jews' control the US.
It's hard to accuse the veteran band of anti-Semitism, since two of its members are Jewish, but there is no doubt that posting this kind of photo on Facebook on the same day a Neo Nazi rally was held in London can only fan the flames of hatred against Jews.
Several of the comments to the photo, which got tens of thousands of likes and many shares, were also anti-Semitic in nature. Among other things, commenters uploaded memes with pictures of Hitler, word games that ridicule the Holocaust and links to Neo Nazi websites.
Alongside comments like that, there were also those who pointed to the problematic nature of the photo, saying "you're going to get in trouble over this photo" and "'Jew jokes' are not funny and are even offensive."
NOFX was formed in the early 1980s in California. Over the years, the band gained millions of fans worldwide and its albums sold millions of copies. The band released 10 albums to date, which include many protest songs against the American administration, the music industry in the US and other topics.
The band, whose members are friends with the members of popular Israeli punk-rock band Useless ID, performed in Israel in 2007.
The band's singer and bass player Michael John Burkett (known as Fat Mike) wrote a song called "The Brews" (sounds like "The Jews"), which is considered "the biggest Jewish punk-rock anthem in the world." The song is laden with parodic descriptions of Jewish teens. Fat Mike said that after the song's release, he started noticing more guys wearing kippahs at the band's shows.