Richard Belzer Nazi Salute: Slammed by Anti-Defamation League

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Richard Belzer is in a lot of trouble with the Anti-Defamation League.

The Jewish comedian/actor attended a TV festival in Monte Carlo yesterday and at one point stopped to flash the Nazi salute, saying soon afterward that the gesture was in honor of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, which spoofed Adolf Hitler.

Richard Belzer Picture

But Anti-Defamation League Director Abe Foxman is fuming over the action. A Holocaust survivor, Foxman tells TMZ, which also has a photo of the salute:

"Regardless of his explanation for his behavior, Richard Belzer’s imitation of Hitler was still inappropriate and offensive. It’s not the least bit funny, but there’s no law against it. Someone who is Jewish should know better and not disregard Jewish pain and tragedy just for the sake of a joke.”

Elsewhere, Mel Gibson said he approved of the gesture. Just kidding.

What do you think of Belzer's salute? Was it wrong?