Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, Yair Netanyahu, wrote on Twitter Thursday following a protest against the premier that he hopes "the elderly people who die following this protest will be from your bloc," referring to left-wing parties.
Yair's tweet was in reply to a photo posted by Nitzan Horowitz, chairman of the left-wing party Meretz, at the protest with the caption "Very powerful protest tonight at Habima square. Fighting against corruption. Struggling for democracy."
The prime minister released a statement denouncing his son's tweet, which was later deleted. "In the fight against coronavirus there are no blocs, and there must not be. The prime minister is working around the clock to secure the well-being and safety of all Israeli citizens, without exception," read the statement.
Hundreds of demonstrators protested Thursday evening in Tel Aviv against the police’s curbs on demonstrations, curbs the police say will help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The protesters, who are members of the so-called Black Flag movement, assert that the restrictions infringed on their right to demonstrate.
Tel Aviv District Police have toughened the rules for holding demonstrations amid the coronavirus crisis, though these steps are not grounded in law, state emergency regulations or Health Ministry orders.
Yair has been at the center of several controversies, and has been known to prompt nationwide anger on social media. In March, he was sued for libel and slander and ordered to pay a large sum of money in legal costs to journalist Avi Alkalay after he posted a link to false reports on the journalist.
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The prime minister's son had also verbally attacked the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on September of last year writing on Twitter that “Rabin murdered Holocaust survivors on the Altalena” and that he “caused the deaths of 2,000 Israelis.”