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Facebook removes post by Moshe Feiglin that ‘mocked the victims’ of Beirut blast

Facebook has removed a post by a prominent former Israeli lawmaker that appeared to express glee over the Beirut blast that has killed more than 130 people, injured thousands and left an estimated 300,000 homeless.

Moshe Feiglin, a far-right libertarian and former Likud MK, wrote the post on Tuesday.

Zehut party leader Moshe Feiglin at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Ramat Gan, on August 29, 2019. (Flash90)

“A real thank you to all the geniuses and heroes who organized this great celebration for love day,” he wrote, referring to the Jewish holiday of Tu B’av which was marked yesterday.

He went on to claim, without evidence, that the blast was caused by explosives being stored by Hezbollah, an Iran-backed terror group. Lebanese authorities say the explosion was caused by some 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port for years. Like others, Feiglin compared the resulting mushroom cloud to an atomic bomb.

“You don’t actually believe this was some disorganized fuel depot, right? Do you understand what hell would have befallen us beneath a rain of missiles?” wrote Feiglin, the leader of the Zehut party.

“The post was removed because its content mocks the victims, which goes against our policy,” Facebook says.

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