Netanyahu’s son shares image of embattled deputy AG as horror film character

Netanyahu’s son shares image of embattled deputy AG as horror film character

Yair Netanyahu later deletes post about Dina Zilber, who recently criticized a controversial bill, prompting right-wing lawmakers to call for her ouster

An image of Deputy Attorney General shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son on Facebook, on November 8, 2018. (Facebook)
An image of Deputy Attorney General shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son on Facebook, on November 8, 2018. (Facebook)

Amid calls from right-wing lawmakers for the dismissal of Deputy Attorney General Dana Zilber, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son shared an image Thursday of the senior lawyer appearing as a character in a horror movie.

Zilber has come under fire in recent days after criticizing the so-called culture loyalty law during a Knesset committee meeting, prompting Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to call for her to be fired.

In a Facebook post he later deleted, Yair Netanyahu shared a movie poster-style image of Zilber in a horror film titled “The Clerk: Revenge of the Deputy Attorney General,” in which she appears as a monster-like character.

The fake credits list included a number of current and former political and legal officials, among them Zilber, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, and Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut, and said the screenplay was by “generic leftist cliches.”

The poster also said the mock movie “won at the Courage Festival for everything the left says about the ‘death of democracy'” and received support from the New Israel Fund, which is regularly targeted by the right for its donations to progressive causes.

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Yair Netanyahu later issued a statement on his Facebook account following media inquires on the post.

“The time has come for the left-wing media to get used to [the fact that] freedom of expression is not only a right reserved for it but for all Israeli citizens, even, God forbid, right-wing people,” he wrote.

Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber speaks at a Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee meeting on the proposed “Loyalty in Culture” bill, which will limit state financial support for art deemed antithetical to the state’s interests, at the Knesset on November 6, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Netanyahu did not say why he had deleted the post with the image of Zilber, screen captures of which were published by Hebrew media.

The prime minister’s eldest son makes occasional headlines with his social media use, which often includes harsh attacks on critics of his father and family.

Last month he engaged in a heated back-and-forth with popular television personality Ofira Assayag after she interviewed a heckler whom the prime minister had called “boring,” and asked on-air, “Is this how a prime minister speaks?”

In a Facebook post in response, Yair Netanyahu called Assayag a “vulgar beast” and suggested she got ahead in her career due to an affair with a married man.

He later wrote another Facebook post saying that he basically had “no problem with left-wing journalists (even radical ones)… Only with those who play dirty and attack a woman and children, engage in character assassinations… and don’t seem to understand that the people on the other side whom they are trying to destroy are literally human beings with feelings.”

Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is seen in Tel Aviv on November 26, 2017. (Flash90)

Last year, he was criticized for posting a cartoon that appeared to adopt anti-Semitic themes to take aim at his parents’ critics, including former prime minister Ehud Barak, Labor party activist Eldad Yaniv, and Menny Naftali — a former caretaker at the Prime Minister’s Residence who is at the heart of allegations of wrongdoing over which Sara Netanyahu is facing indictment.

Yair Netanyahu has also previously made international waves by saying in a post that American left-wing groups are more dangerous than neo-Nazis, following deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a far-right march, and US President Donald Trump’s controversial statements that “both sides were to blame” for the violence.

In January, recordings emerged where Yair Netanyahu was heard making disparaging comments about women during a night of excess in a series of Tel Aviv strip clubs.

The explosive recordings of the younger Netanyahu, published by Hadashot TV news, also featured him trying to parlay, apparently in jest, a gas deal worth billions of dollars to get cash for strippers from a gas tycoon’s son.

Yair Netanyahu is also involved in a legal dispute with the left-wing think tank Molad, each suing the other for libel.

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