Facebook has blocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair for 24 hours after he wrote a post criticizing the social media platform as “thought police” and sharing previously banned content.
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Yair Netanyahu blasted the website on Sunday for removing an earlier post in which he called for “avenging the deaths” of two Israeli soldiers killed last week by Palestinian gunmen and calling for the expulsion of Palestinians. He shared a screenshot of the earlier post in violation of Facebook’s community rules.
Facebook deleted a post by Netanyahu last week in which he said he would “prefer” if “All the Muslims leave the land of Israel.”
Netanyahu’s son has drawn media criticism for crude social media posts and a life of excess at public expense.
Netanyahu called left-wing organizations and politicians "traitors" in a Facebook post last Monday. The post also chided members of the Israeli media and people who sympathized with Palestinians for acting against "Jewish interests."
Netanyahu wrote that "Now finally this word is allowed, I’ll say what everyone in the country knows. Left-wing NGOs funded by foreign and hostile governments, the politicians on the left and media people who always side with the enemy and always against Jewish interests, whose hearts are hardened against victims of terror, settlers or victims of infiltrators, and on the other hand whose hearts are full of compassion for every Arab rioter wounded on the Gaza border – they are the traitors!”
In 2017, Netanyahu posted a meme, captioned "the food chain," featuring 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 a figure reminiscent of the anti-Semitic “happy merchant” image.
At the time neo-Nazi publisher of the "Daily Stormer," Andrew Anglin, praised Netanyahu and thanked him for his contribution to anti-Semitism.