The racist Facebook rants of Netanayhu’s son

Posted: June 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: media, racism, The Right | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Haaretz’s Uri Blau uncovered today racist comments and extreme right-wing rhetoric on Yair Netanyahu’s Facebook page. Yair, the eldest son of PM Netanyahu, is currently in mandatory IDF service, in the army’s spokesperson unit. He called for the boycott of Arab businesses (he was even the admin of a Facebook group for that, but only 23 members joined him), made racist comments about Muslims and Arabs, and expressed fierce opposition to a Palestinian state.

In the information section of the boycott group – formed after sectarian clashes between Arabs and Jews in Akko on Yom Kippur two and a half years ago – the young Netanyahu said:

“The Arab sons-of-bitches desecrated our holiest day… it is our duty to do the minimum to save our honor and boycott every Arab business or product. Beside, I boycotted those shits even before.”

A lawyer for the Netanyahu family told Haaretz that the comments were those of a “teenager,” and should be taken as such. He called Haaretz’s article unfair.

About two years ago, aides to Netanyahu also told the press not to think much of other racist comments about Arabs, made in an interview to Maariv by the PM’s father, 99 year-old Ben-Zion Netanyahu:

“The bible finds no worse image than this of the man from the desert. And why? Because he has no respect for any law. Because in the desert he can do as he pleases. The tendency towards conflict is in the essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetuate war.”

Which leaves us wondering: At what age is a member of the Netanyahu clan responsible for his actions?

3 Comments on “The racist Facebook rants of Netanayhu’s son”

  1. 1 maayan said at 1:39 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    He was a teenager when he wrote what he wrote.

    There are some true things in what he wrote. For example, do you think he should be respectful about the fact that Israel was attacked on Yom Kippur? Should he not call them sons of bitches for doing so, or is that even mildly comparable to the 2000+ killed Israeli soldiers in that war?

    But the real hypocrisy here is that of Ha’aretz. When the murderers of the Fogel family were charged, Ha’aretz called them “teenagers.” Apparently, young soldier Netanyahu who was 17 and a real teenager when he wrote some stupid things – but didn’t murder any Israelis in cold blood – doesn’t qualify as a teenager.

  2. 2 Daniel said at 12:22 pm on June 29th, 2011:

    You’re looking at the Yom Kippur war out of context. You forget that Israel attacked its Arab neighbors in 1967, unprovoked. And you forget that the IDF killed tens of thousands of Arab soldiers. Which is larger? 20,000 Arabs or 2,000 Israelis? There will be no peace in Israel-Palestine until both sides start seeing each other as fellow human beings, equal in every single respect. An Israeli is not worth more than an Arab.

  3. 3 maayan said at 2:17 am on June 30th, 2011:

    1967 was unprovoked? I’m afraid you need to revisit your history books and stop reading pro-Palestinian sites on the net.

    Forgive me if I have little sympathy for the losses suffered by the side that attacked. They were lucky, by the way that Israel stopped attacking when they did because they had the 3rd Army surrounded.

    As to your final comment regarding who is worth more, an Israeli or an Arab, you seem to be very confused about this issue. The discrepancy in losses on the two sides stems from Israel’s superior fighting abilities, not racism. As for why it’s important for Israel to maintain a big differential in losses with its enemies, you do understand that Egypt alone has ten times Israel’s population…

    Of course, the second response to your final comment about the worth of an Israeli versus an Arab is answered by both Fatah and Hamas unequivocally: an Israeli is worth at least a thousand Arabs. That’s the deal Hamas – a partner in the PA now – just rejected for Gilad Shalit.