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Israeli PM's son rants against Islam on Facebook

June 25, 2011 11:19 IST

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's 19-year-old son has posted obscene comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page, an Israeli paper has reported. 

Earlier this year, Yair Netanyahu, the eldest of the prime minister's two sons, who is currently a soldier in the Israeli military's media liaison unit, posted that Muslims ''celebrate hate and death,'' he Daily Mail quoted a news report by the Haaretz daily, as saying. 

After Palestinian attackers entered a West Bank settlement and stabbed five members of an Israeli family to death, he wrote that "terror has a religion and it is Islam." 

However, Netanyahu family's lawyer David Shimron has defended Yair, saying the comments were that of a 'teenager' and were "taken out of context in an attempt to defame the prime minister and his family." 

The Haaretz report also insisted that Netanyahu's son, who was 17 at the time, ran a Facebook group that called for a boycott of Arab businesses and products, and used obscene words to describe Arabs. 

The group reportedly consisted of 23 members. 

In another comment, he wrote that there had never been a Palestinian state and he hoped ''there would never be one.''

Source: ANI