Israeli Prime Minister's son draws backlash for posting anti-semitic meme

  • 11/09/2017
Yair netanyahu posts racist meme
The Israeli Prime Minister with his son Yair. Photo credit: Getty

The son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised by Israelis  - but praised by hate groups - after posting an antisemitic meme on Facebook.  

Yair Netanyahu, 26, made the post on Sunday, seemingly as a comment on his father's governance.

The cartoon showed billionaire activist George Soros dangling planet Earth in front of a giant lizard figure, which is an internet symbol for sinister figures who run the world from afar. The lizard, in turn, dangles an illuminati symbol over a racist caricature of a Jewish man.

Several other critics of Yair's father are also present in the image, including former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak.

Mr Netanyahu's son captioned the photo in hebrew as "The food chain," implying that secret groups are orchestrating opposition to his father.

White supremacists have responded positively to the Israeli Prime Minister's son.

Former KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke, tweeted "Welcome to the club Yair, absolutely amazing, wow, just wow."

Neo-nazi publication, the Daily Stormer, praised Yair Netanyahu for posting an "Awesome Meme Blaming the Jews for Bringing Down his Jew Father."

Israeli Labour Party Chairman, Avi Gabbay, told Army Radio  that the meme "crossed every line imaginable."

This isn't the first time that the Prime Minister's son has caused controversy online, after he denounced both sides of the Charlottesville protest, much like US President Donald Trump.

The 26-year-old posted to Facebook in August,

"...the thugs of Antifa and BLM [Black Lives Matter] who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life."