Facebook suspends Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair for calling for Palestinians to be expelled from Israel

Facebook suspends Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair for calling for Palestinians to be expelled from Israel

He was blocked from the platform for 24 hours on Sunday

Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in November 2017
Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in November 2017 (Photo: Flash90)

Facebook has temporarily suspended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son from the platform after he shared a post calling for Palestinians to be expelled from the country.

Yair Netanyahu was blocked from the platform for 24 hours on Sunday after it removed a post by him in which he called for the deaths of two Israeli soldiers killed last week by Palestinian gunmen to be avenged.

He shared a screenshot of the post, which was in violation of Facebook’s community rules.

It is not the first time his controversial posts have been removed by Facebook.

Last week the platform deleted a post by Mr Netanyahu that said he would “prefer” if “all the Muslims leave the land of Israel.”

In the post he wrote:  “There will not be peace here until: 1. All the Jews leave the land of Israel. 2. All the Muslims leave the land of Israel. I prefer the second option.”

Last week he also used Facebook to call left-wing NGOs and politicians “traitors.”

In a post published on Monday he accused Israeli media and people who express sympathy with the Palestinians of acting against “Jewish interests.”

He wrote: “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!”

It is not the first time the prime minister’s son has made headlines for the wrong reasons.

In January, he was caught on tape boasting about how his father helped to push through a multibillion-dollar deal with a gas tycoon.

The recording, believed to have been made outside a strip club, was broadcast on Israeli television despite attempts by the prime minister’s lawyers to block it.

In March he was questioned under police caution for the first time in connection to allegations the prime minister received positive media coverage in exchange for regulatory support.

It was the ninth time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the sixth occasion his wife Sara was quizzed by Israeli police, but it marked the first time their 26-year-old son Yair was also.

The Netanyahus are accused of receiving bribes in the shape of favourable coverage on the Walla! website from its owner Bezeq chairman Shaul Alovich.

In 2017, Yair Netanyahu posted an image on Facebook that suggested corruption investigations into his family were a conspiracy.

The meme captioned “the food chain,” featured a photo of George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature.

The picture was removed from his Facebook page but not before it received praise from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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