Under fire for 'anti-Semitic' cartoon, Israeli PM's son attacks former PM Barak
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair hit back at criticism of an allegedly anti-Semitic cartoon he shared on Facebook Saturday, saying that former military chief of staff and prime minister Ehud Barak was "drunk on whiskey".
Yair Netanyahu, 26, also called on visitors to his Facebook to follow the page from which he took the cartoon -- a page full of right-wing cartoon memes, many including a character widely used by white supremacists known as "Pepe the frog".
The link to the page was accompanied by an altered image of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, whose rule saw the torture of thousands of opponents of his regime, drinking from a cup labeled "leftist tears".
Barak earlier said that the prime minister's son needed a psychiatrist after the young man shared a cartoon suggesting that Jewish philanthropist George Soros controls the world – and is itself an altered version of an explicitly anti-Semitic cartoon.
Yair Netanyahu also called left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz anti-Semitic, saying it "is owned by about 25% of the former Nazi news corporation Dumont Schauberg, was responsible for disseminating Nazi propaganda in the Holocaust." Dumont Schauberg, which purchased a stake in Haaretz in 2006, was headed during the Nazi era by Kurt DuMont, who was a member of the Nazi Party. The newspaper's publisher said in 2016 that the German media company planned to sell its stake in Haaretz.
Notorious white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan chief David Duke tweeted a link to a story about Yair Netanyahu's Facebook post.
Avi Gabbay, chairman of the opposition Labor party, wrote on his Twitter page: "It's a particularly sad day for the entire Israeli people when from the home of the prime minister of the Jewish state comes a cartoon that the head of the KKK agrees with."
The cartoon, which alludes to popular conspiracies including one that reptilians are masters of the universe, implied that Soros was behind accusations that his mother Sara misused public funds to purchase prepared meals.
It depicts Soros dangling a globe in front of a lizard, which in turn dangles an Illuminati symbol before a Freemason, who dangles money before former Israeli prime minister and Netanyahu critic Ehud Barak, who dangles a voting ballot paper in front of Barak associate and attorney Eldad Yaniv, who finally dangles a tray of food before key witness Meni Naftali.
"The food chain," Yair Netanyahu wrote alongside the image.
But the original version of the cartoon is different, showing an anti-Semitic drawing of a Jew dangling the globe, then the lizard and Freemason, who dangles money before yet another anti-Semitic representation of a Jew, who finally hangs a hamburger before a character apparently representing Americans.
Soros, 86, survived the Holocaust by hiding from the Nazis in Budapest as a boy. He later made billions in the stock market.
He donated many of the profits to NGOs and civic organizations seeking to foster multiculturalism and respect for refugees and immigrants, making him a frequent target of anti-immigration activists.
The prime minister's son previously drew attention for a Facebook post commenting on violent clashes between neo-Nazis and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“The neo nazi scums in Virginia hate me and my country, but they belong in the past,” he wrote. Their breed is dying out.
"However, 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.”
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