Netanyahu’s son under fire over ‘anti-Semitic’ imagery on Facebook

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/9/10 22:23:39

From an argument over dog poop to an alleged anti-Semitic caricature he posted on Facebook, Yair Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister's 26-year-old son, is courting controversy with his social media activity.

The criticism of Yair Netanyahu in Israel is turning into a sideshow to more weighty events: criminal investigations into corruption allegations against his father and mother.

They both deny any wrongdoing.

The young Netanyahu is widely seen in Israel as being groomed by his parents as a future political leader and the Facebook posts have attracted particular public interest. On Saturday, he posted a cartoon using what the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism worldwide, described as anti-Semitic imagery in a Facebook post mocking some of his father's critics.

It included a depiction of US billionaire George Soros at the top of a food chain, dangling the world in front of both a reptile and former prime minister Ehud Barak, a frequent critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jewish financiers controlling the world is a well-known anti-Semitic theme.

The Israel office of the Anti-Defamation League denounced the cartoon on Twitter, writing "The caricature posted by Yair Netanyahu includes explicit anti-Semitic elements. One cannot belittle the danger inherent in an anti-Semitic discourse."

A family spokesperson said Yair Netanyahu would not be making any other comment. The prime minister refused to ask questions from reporters about the post on Sunday morning.

In July, Netanyahu junior found himself in a bizarre social media row over dog poop. A neighbor of the family said on Facebook that Yair, who lives with his parents, responded with an obscene gesture and walked away after she had asked him to clean up the mess left by the dog he was walking in a park.

Some critics in Israel suggested the online activities were meant to deflect attention from his parent's legal troubles.

On Friday, Israel's attorney-general said he was considering indicting Sara Netanyahu on suspicion of using state funds for personal dining and catering services amounting to some $100,000.

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