Mark Zuckerberg's Photo of His Family Pet Becomes Target of anti-Israel Slander

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Gabe Friedman
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Mark Zuckerberg's family pet.
Mark Zuckerberg's family pet.
JTA
Gabe Friedman

Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to his platform of his family pet — a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast — wearing a yarmulke and a canine-sized tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl, on Tuesday. The post was quickly inundated with comments, most of them pushing a pro-Palestinian message, despite the photo’s lack of Israel-related content.

Some responses included antisemitic rhetoric and imagery. Many contained the phrase “Israel ISREAL terrorism,” and some contained caricatures with large noses. One showed a foot stomping on an image of the Israeli flag.

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“Lol literally this post has nothing to do with israel…. And here are the comments. Reminder antizionism goes hand and hand with antisemtism [sic],” one user commented on Thursday.

Mark Zuckerberg in New York, 2019.Credit: Mark Lennihan,AP

The American Jewish Committee called attention to the post’s reactions in a tweet.

Credit: American Jewish Committee

“We must make sure social media platforms are free of hate,” the statement read.

Zuckerberg has been more public about his Jewish identity in recent years. At Harvard’s commencement in 2017, he said that he often sings the “Mi Shebeirach” prayer to his daughter.

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