The son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was recently banned from Facebook over hate speech.
Yair Netanyahu was barred for 24 hours for anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian comments he made in several postings on Facebook. His account has since been restored.
“In one post from early this month, written in Hebrew, the 27-year-old wrote, ‘There will not be peace here until: 1. All the Jews leave the land of Israel. 2. All the Muslims leave the land of Israel. I prefer the second option,’” CNN reported.
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There was more. In another post, Netanyahu wrote: “Do you know where there are no attacks, in Iceland and Japan. That’s because there are no Muslims populations.”
And in yet a third post, he called Palestinians “monsters.”
And even after Facebook deleted the posts, Netanyahu reposted a screen grab of what had deleted. He encouraged others to re-post and wrote: “The thought police of the radical progressives at Facebook have reached me as well!”
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He went on to urge the world’s right-wing to speak up: “The only way of expression that we have is in social media because the established media is controlled by the extreme left (in Israel as well as in America). At the moment, they are trying to shut our mouths in the only place where we have a right to express our opinion.”
Facebook temporarily banned him for hate speech.
According to a Facebook spokesperson, “Yair Netanyahu posted several posts which included hate speech – this clearly violates our community standards. Due to that, this content was removed from our platform, as we would do for anyone posting similar content about any protected characteristic. Following this, Yair Netanyahu decided to share a screenshot of a removed post and called people to share it – which is the same as writing the hate speech all over again.”
Netanyahu claimed Facebook of singling him out. In a statement he said:
“Facebook has official pages for organization on behalf of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Iranian regime. There are also a huge number of pages that call for the destruction of Israel and killing Jews. There are thousands of violent and extreme posts by people on the left against me and my family including threats of physical violence and threats of murder. All of these are not against the rules of the community of Facebook. They are within freedom of expression.”
Yair is the oldest of the prime minister’s children and has made of habit of controversy on social media. “He posted a meme last year mocking some of his father’s critics, including the liberal Jewish financier George Soros, which many Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, said was anti-Semitic,” the Guardian reported.