Netanyahu Files Police Complaint Against Incitement to Murder for Third Time in Month

Prime minister says online incitement 'clearly identifying with the far left' has crossed a red line after Facebook post wishes his son would be orphaned soon

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Benjamin Netanyahu during a government meeting at the Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem, May 31, 2020.
Benjamin Netanyahu during a government meeting at the Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem, May 31, 2020.Credit: Emil Salman
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu filed complaint with the police on Monday for what he called incitement to murder him and his family, the third such complaint in the last month. 

Netanyahu specifically complained about a Facebook post under the profile of a user called Ami Shamir that said: "I wish Yair Netanyahu to be orphaned from both his parents soon."

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"Recently, incitement against the prime minister... has crossed a red line, propagating explicit calls to murder him and his family, some of which are from people clearly identifying with the far left," a statement said.

Earlier this month, the prime minister filed a similar complaint regarding a comment made by a user on Haaretz's Hebrew-language website in late 2019. A senior police commander had then come to his official residence to take testimony.

“Today, I regretfully was forced to file another complaint against a lowlife who described how he plans to murder me and my family,” Netanyahu tweeted on June 1, saying that he had already complained about a series of threats a few days earlier.

The prime minister attached a screenshot to his Twitter message indicating that the source of his new complaint is a comment published in November on the Haaretz website. After Netanyahu’s complaint was filed, a reader complained about the comment, which was reconsidered by a moderator and removed from the website.

Netanyahu filed a complaint early last month against demonstrator Haim Shadmi for inciting to violence against him and against his son Yair. Shadmi was filmed in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence calling for an incendiary device to be thrown at the place and making other threats. Yair Netanyahu also filed a complaint with the police against him, alleging incitement and threats.

“The psychopath Haim Shadmi is threatening my life outright on a megaphone in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence,” Yair Netanyahu tweeted, also posting the video clip of Shadmi demonstrating. “I filed a complaint against him before but received no response.”

Several days later, the Lahav 433 police anti-corruption unit questioned three anti-Netanyahu activists on suspicion that they threatened to harm Yair.

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