Facebook blocks page of Israeli PM’s son for Islamophobic statement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his son Yair visit, on March 18, 2015, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

Facebook briefly blocked the page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair  after he shared previously banned content calling for “all Muslims [to] leave” Israel.

In a message posted Thursday on his Facebook page after the latest flare-up in violence saw at least five Palestinians and three Israelis, including two soldiers, being killed, Yair had called for the expulsion of Palestinians.

“Do you know where there are no attacks? In Iceland and in Japan where coincidentally there are no Muslims,” the prime minister’s son wrote.

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In another post, he wrote that there were only two possible solutions for peace, either “all Jews leave (Israel) or all Muslims leave”. “I prefer the second option,” added the 27-year-old, who has faced criticism of being a grown man living in the prime minister’s residence despite having no official role and benefitting from a bodyguard, a driver and other perks.

Facebook deleted Yair’s posts in which he called for “avenging the deaths” of the two Israeli soldiers.

Yair, who shared a screenshot of the earlier post in violation of Facebook’s community rules, took to Twitter to criticise the social networking giant, calling it a “dictatorship of thought”.  Facebook blocked his account for 24 hours.