The 26-year-old son unemployed of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had to delete a facebook posting of a meme that incorporated strong anti-Semitic imagery amidst a barrage of criticism.
The cartoon post on Yair Netanyahu’s personal Facebook page – under the name Yair Hun – included Israeli figures and international financier, George Soros allegedly involved in working to indict his father on corruption charges.
However, although the posting attracted the support and apparent glee of far right figures, it provoked criticism from Israeli politicians and Jewish community leaders in the U.S.
The image appeared to target George Soros, a Jewish-Hungarian billionaire who has funded Israeli organizations opposed to Yair’s father. It apparently shows Soros with the world dangling on the end of a stick, alongside a reptile and a cloaked figure with a crooked nose, an historic anti-Semitic stereotype.
He removed the post a day later after the outcry, but white supremacists quickly jumped on his post and the fact that he is Jewish.
The Daily Stormer, an anti-Semitic website, placed a banner on top of its website declaring itself “The World’s #1 Yair Netanyahu fansite.”
The site, which has proudly referred to itself as “The World’s Most Genocidal Republican Website” and is named in reference to Der Sturmer, a Nazi newspaper, photoshopped a cannabis cigarette and sunglasses onto Netanyahu’s face that adorns the banner in reference to the “Thug Life” meme.
“I stand with Yair and his meme and I’m glad to see that there’s an alt-right in Israel who are standing against the corrosive influence in the West of the Jewish people,” Andrew Anglin, the editor of the Daily Stormer, told Israel’s Channel 2 on Tuesday.
“Yair is under attack here. I mean, the man cannot be judged by his father, the man is being attacked by everyone in the world,” he said.
“All the American Jews are coming out and attacking him, all these leftist Israeli papers are calling him an anti-Semite. I’m defending Yair Netanyahu because he stood up against the Jews,” he continued.
The site had initially celebrated the post with an article entitled “Netanyahu’s Son Posts Awesome Meme Blaming The Jews For Bringing Down His Jew Father.” The article could go on to say that Netanyahu is a “total bro” for posting the anti-Semitic imagery. “Next he’s going [sic] call for gassings,” it said.
David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, approvingly shared Yair’s post on social media, adding: “Welcome to the club, Yair — absolutely amazing, wow, just wow.”
Benjamin Netanyahu, currently embroiled in a corruption scandal that could prevent him becoming Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, is yet to comment on his son’s Facebook post.