The Facebook page from which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair shared a meme containing anti-Semitic imagery earlier this month was taken down over the weekend.
The page, whose Hebrew name means “Running Memes Against Leftist CuckyHomoShit,” was seemingly inspired by social media sites run by the alt-right white nationalist movement in the United States.
A new Facebook page, similar to the old one, has already gone up in its place. It has so far garnered some 600 likes, while the original page had close to 4,500 followers.
Yair Netanyahu, the premier’s son whose Facebook pseudonym is “Yair Hun,” shared a meme from the page that featured a photo of George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature.
The meme, captioned “The food chain,” suggested a conspiracy behind the Netanyahus’ growing legal entanglements led by Soros, the Jewish-American billionaire known to support progressive causes and to oppose the Israeli occupation.
Also featured were former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, anti-Netanyahu protest leader Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali, the former chief caretaker at the prime minister’s official Jerusalem residence whose testimony helped implicate Sara Netanyahu in a soon-to-be-delivered indictment.
Netanyahu’s son deleted the controversial meme two days after he shared it on his Facebook page, presumably because of the public outrage it sparked.
Before that, he admitted he had discovered it on the “CuckyHomoShit” Facebook page, which had posted it several weeks earlier. He described the page as “hysterically funny.”
The “CuckyHomoShit” version, in turn, appears to have been adapted from a vicious meme making the rounds on anti-Semitic and conspiracy theory message boards.
The original Hebrew-language Facebook page was taken down a little more than a week after it first drew widespread attention through Yair Netanyahu’s post. It could either have been taken down by Facebook or by the page’s administrators. Facebook’s office in Israel refused to respond to a request for comment. It is not known who is behind the new page.
Facebook only takes down pages after it has received complaints about them, and even then only after it has determined that they contain content that violates its “community standards.” Such content would include hate speech, bullying and direct threats.
Pepe the Frog – the image that has become inextricably linked with the white nationalist movement in the Trump era – was featured on many of the memes on the Israeli “CuckyHomoShit” page, often in connection with Netanyahu and his Likud party.
Most of the page’s venom was directed at the Israeli media, human rights organizations and institutions, and leaders on the Israeli political left.
After Yair Netanyahu posted the anti-Semitic meme, David Duke – a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan – rushed to share it on Twitter, while neo-Nazi news site The Daily Stormer called the prime minister’s 26-year-old son “a total bro” in an article headlined “Netanyahu’s son posts awesome meme blaming the Jews for bringing down his Jew father.”
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