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Following furore, Israel PM Netanyahu's son removes anti-Semitic meme from Facebook

ANI  |  Jerusalem [Israel] 

The son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair Netanyahu, removed an anti-Semitic meme from his page after Israeli politicians and Jewish community leaders in the United States created a furore over it.

The image, posted by Yair Netanyahu on Friday, was apparently a take on a classic anti-Semitic cartoon suggesting that Jews control the United States.

'Yair Hun', on Facebook, had captioned the meme "the food chain."

People in and the United States condemned it, expressing shock that the prime minister's son would share such an image.

The Israeli office of the Anti-Defamation League tweeted in Hebrew that "the cartoon posted by Yair Netanyahu blatantly contains anti-Semitic elements."

Former prime minister Barak suggested that the younger Netanyahu sees a psychiatrist.

"Is this what the kid hears at home? Is it genetics, or a spontaneous mental illness? It doesn't matter. In any case, we should fund his psychiatrist instead of security guards and a driver," Barak wrote on Twitter.

Yair Netanyahu responded to Barak: "I hope Ehud Barach [a play on words meaning "Ehud ran away"] didn't tweet about me from his seat in Boston (between one shady deal or another) while drunk on whiskey (as I well recall). Time to get a geriatric nurse, Ehud."

Yair Netanyahu also caused controversy by equating neo-Nazis with activists from the far-left anti-fascist movement antifa, last month, at the time of the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville.

"I'm a Jew, I'm an Israeli, the neo nazi scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out. However the thugs of Antifa and BLM [Black Lives Matter] who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life," the 26-year-old posted on

Netanyahu's post, however, drew praise from neo-Nazi groups in the United States as well as from Holocaust denier David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 03:54 IST
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