ADL Denounces anti-Semitic Meme Posted by Netanyahu's Son

Prime Minister Netanyahu refuses to address his son's post during a cabinet meeting

The Israeli office of the Anti-Defamation League denounced the Facebook post published by Prime Minister Netanyahu's son, Yair Netanyahu, which included anti-Semitic themes. The organization wrote on its Hebrew language Twitter account on Sunday that the caricature "contained clear anti-Semitic elements. The danger of anti-Semitic discourse should not be downplayed."

Update: Following outcry, Yair Netanyahu has removed the meme from his Facebook page. Evidence of David Duke's support, however, is still visible.

Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to address the meme during a cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. "This isn't a press conference, but thanks for asking," he told an Army Radio reporter who raised the question.

Yair Netanyahu posted the image on his Facebook page Saturday, seeming to suggest that a conspiracy is behind his family’s growing legal problems. The meme is laden with anti-Semitic imagery.

The meme, captioned "the food chain," features a photo of George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature, who dangles an alchemy symbol in front of a caricature of an illuminati figure reminiscent of the anti-Semitic “happy merchant” image. The other figures in the chain are former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, anti-Netanyahu protest leader Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Netanyahus’ official residence who implicated Sara Netanyahu in the case she is being indicted in.

Responses to the meme included a re-tweet from former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke, calls for psychiatric care for Yair from former Prime Minsiter Ehud Barak, and condemnations from leaders of the Israeli left including MK Zehava Galon and Labor leader Avi Gabbay.

The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer also posted an article regarding the meme entitled "Netanyahu's Son Posts Awesome Meme Blaming the Jews for Bringing Down his Jew Father," in which it called Yair Netanyahu "a total bro."

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced Friday that Sara Netanyahu would be indicted for fraud and breach of trust. She is to be charged with spending 359,000 shekels ($102,000) in state funds on catering at the prime minister’s official residence, while falsely claiming that the house did not employ a cook. The indictment is subject to a hearing, whose date has not yet been announced.

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