Netanyahu’s Facebook page suspended over hate speech against Arabs

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Facebook has sanctioned Benjamin Netanyahu’s official page, after it breached hate speech policy by sending visitors a message warning of Arabs who “want to destroy us all”.

Facebook said the post violated its hate speech policy and consequently disabled the page’s automatic chat function for 24 hours.

“After careful review of the Likud campaign’s bot activities, we found a violation of our hate speech policy,” Facebook said in a statement. “Should there be any additional violations, we will continue to take appropriate action.”

Netanyahu has denied writing the post.

Battling a tight election race in the run-up to the 17 September polls, the Israeli prime minister has sought to appeal to far-right religious and nationalist voters, who form 56% of Israelis (ranging between conservatives and haredim), according to a statistic by the Israeli statistics centre in 2017.

In the deleted message, which was automatically sent to visitors when they arrived on the page, the page promised the prime minister would pursue “a rightwing policy of a Jewish state, security, and a strong Israel”.

It warned that any opposition coalition that included Arab politicians would be “a secular leftwing weak government that relies on Arabs who want to destroy us all – women, children and men”.

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