Facebook bans Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's son for posting he wants 'all Muslims to leave Israel'

The 27-year-old wrote about the ban on Twitter on Sunday, saying that he had been temporarily blocked from the social networking site over apparent anti-Muslim posts


                            Facebook bans Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's son for posting he wants 'all Muslims to leave Israel'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, Yair Netanyahu, has reportedly been banned from Facebook after he wrote a post, saying "all Muslims should leave Israel". His post was also slammed as anti-Palestinian. 

The 27-year-old wrote about the incident on Twitter on Sunday, saying that he had been temporarily blocked from the social networking site over apparent anti-Muslim posts. Yair also called Facebook a "dictatorship", according to reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watches his son Yair Netanyahu cast his ballot with by wife Sara Netanyahu at a polling station on election day on January 22, 2013, in Jerusalem, Israel. (Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watches his son Yair Netanyahu cast his ballot with by wife Sara Netanyahu at a polling station on election day on January 22, 2013, in Jerusalem, Israel. (Getty Images)

Yair, in the message which was taken down by Facebook, called all Muslims to leave Israel in the wake of a series of deadly attacks the country is witnessing. The prime minister's son's post read: "Do you know where there are no attacks? In Iceland and in Japan where coincidentally there are no Muslims."

Yair, in another post, had mentioned that there were only two possible solutions for peace in the country, and that is either "all Jews leave or all Muslims leave" the country. He then added, saying that he personally prefers the second option.

The 27-year-old's comments came after two soldiers were shot dead at a central West Bank bus station near a settlement on Thursday. The same day another news of a separate attack emerged where a baby was prematurely delivered after his mother was shot and wounded on December 9. The baby reportedly died. 

Reports state that Facebook shut Yair's account for 24 hours and shortly after the ban was imposed, he slammed the social networking site, calling it a "dictatorship of thought".



 

A Facebook spokesperson issued a statement on the incident, saying: "Yair Netanyahu posted several posts which included hate speech – this clearly violates our community standards. Due to that, this content was removed from our platform, as we would do for anyone posting similar content about any protected characteristic."

The statement added: "Following this, Yair Netanyahu decided to share a screenshot of a removed post and called people to share it – which is the same as writing the hate speech all over again," according to the Guardian

The prime minister's critics have often criticized Yair, his oldest son, for living in the premier's residence despite having no official role in the government. Yair, as a grown man, stays with his father and enjoys the perks given to the premier, including a bodyguard and a driver.