After Jerusalem Crash, Racist Comments Appear on Netanyahu's Facebook Page

Posts include sighs of relief that 'only Palestinians' were killed, as well as slogans such as 'Death to Arabs, Why do we help them?'

Racist comments appeared on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page after the school bus crash near Jerusalem on Thursday in which 10 children died and more than 40 were injured.

Satisfaction that "only Palestinians" were the victims and slogans such as "Death to Arabs, why do we help them?" were posted on the Facebook pages of Netanyahu, Wallah and the Israel Police.

Scene of collision between Palestinian children's bus and truck near north Jerusalem, Feb. 16, 2012.
Emil Salman

Other comments included "Can we send another truck?" and "I'd send a double-trailer to wipe out all those shits" after the bus overturned when it crashed into a truck.

Netanyahu expressed sorrow over the accident, but his aides did not remove the racist comments from his Facebook page or denounce them.

"Relax, it's Palestinian children," someone wrote on Wallah's Facebook page. Others wrote "Great! Fewer terrorists" and "May there be such buses every day." Similar comments were posted on the police's Facebook page, including "When they grew up they'd be terrorists .... God nipped them in the bud."

Netanyahu's aides declined to comment. Wallah site editor Gadi Lahav said "we monitor the page every few minutes and delete unworthy comments like these."