Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair posted a meme on Facebook attracting a lot of negative publicity. The image posted by the 26-year-old was said to contain anti-Semitic themes. The caricature was taken down on Sunday following criticism from Israeli and United States Jewish leaders. Yair did not offer any apology for his post.
The caricature referred to George Soros, a Jewish billionaire, a lizard creature, and the Illuminati. This was supposedly an attack against his father’s critics. These include Ehud Barak, the former Prime Minister, Eldad Yaniv and Menny Naftali who successfully sued the Netanyahu family for wrongdoing.
The attack against Barak was met with backlash through a tweet saying, “we ought to pay for him to have a psychiatrist, not a bodyguard or chauffeur.”
The Netanyahu family has in the recent past faced multiple challenges. The Prime Minister is facing corruption allegations involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines. He is also under scrutiny for his ties to executives in international business and media.
On the other hand, Sara Netanyahu, Yair’s mother, is facing indictment over exaggerated household expenses. The 26-year-old’s post came a day after Menny Naftali sued the family for forceful dismissal. It is still unclear as to whether these challenges were the reason behind his post.
Yair’s Facebook post has since received praise from several anti-Semitic groups. David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, shared it saying, “Welcome to the club Yair – absolutely amazing.”
This was accompanied by praise from The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist group, stating “Yair is a total bro.” on the other hand, the Israel Office of the Anti-Defamation League discouraged the anti-Semitic comments in a tweet saying “The dangers inherent in anti-Semitic discourse should not be taken lightly.” The Prime Minister, typically quick to dissuade such comments, did not mention a thing stating, “This is not a Press Conference.”
It remains unclear as to why Yair made his post. However, despite the ongoing trials in his family, he should still have found a way to put across his message without using anti-Semitic themes.