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Facebook posts by Israeli PM's son draw fire

Haaretz reported that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's son wrote disparaging comments about Arabs and Muslims

AP , Friday 24 Jun 2011
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An Israeli paper says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son has posted disparaging comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page.

The daily Haaretz found that earlier this year 19-year-old Yair Netanyahu posted that Muslims "celebrate hate and death." He wrote after Palestinians were accused of killing five members of an Israeli family that "terror has a religion and it is Islam," according to the paper.

Haaretz also reported Friday that after ethnic clashes in 2008, Yair called for a boycott of Arab businesses.

A lawyer for the Netanyahu family, David Shimron, said the comments were those of a "teenager" and were "taken out of context in an attempt to defame the prime minister and his family." Haaretz said the comments were quickly removed.

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