Israeli-owned Gym in Australia Banned From Facebook Over anti-Semitic Post

The gym's Israeli owner says his post was misunderstood by the social media giant, which has since reversed its decision and reversed the suspension.

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The Facebook page of an Israeli-owned gym in Melbourne specializing in Israeli martial arts was temporary suspended by the popular social networking site for re-posting an anti-Semitic post, The Age reported on Friday.

Avi Yemini, a co-owner of IDF Training, explained to The Age, that someone had sent the gym a hateful message reading "Australia is against isreal" [sic] and making the claim that Yemini engaged in sexual activity with swine.

Yemini, a former Israel Defense Forces soldier who served as an infantry brigade sharpshooter, posted a screenshot of the message and on the gym's page with the hashtag #saynotoracism. The post was flagged as hateful content by an anonymous user, and was promptly deleted by Facebook, which also suspended the gym's account for three days.

Yemini, whose gym reportedly comes under frequent attack from anti-Israel protesters,  told The Age that he had "spoken to Facebook explaining that it was in fact his vile message that was in breach of their terms, and that I couldn't believe that not only are they siding with the racist user, they are penalising an advocate for understanding and tolerance.

The account's suspension has been since reversed by Facebook.