Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, Yair Netanyahu, took to social media on Friday to slam news channels 12 and 13 for what he called “anti-Israeli propaganda.”
גם אתם רותחים מזעם על התעמולה האנטי ישראלית בערוצים 12 ו13? יש פיתרון! חרם צרכנים על כל עסק שמפרסם אצלם בפרסומות! רק אם יפגעו להם בכיס הם ישתנו ויכניסו קצת קולות ציוניים! https://t.co/A9qx8RieoG— Yair Netanyahu (@YairNetanyahu) October 18, 2019
“Only if [consumers] would hurt their pockets a little they will change and include some Zionist voices!” He wrote.
The young Netanyahu shared a tweet by a user who said he boycotts any business that advertises during the commercial break on the news broadcast in Channels 12 and 13. The man, Rami Keren, said that if others follow his lead “we will be able to put a bridle on the media using their pockets.”Some of the users expressed their support while others wondered how the prime minister's son could call for boycotts as a political weapon while objecting to BDS, a movement that calls to boycott Israeli companies and persons over Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The idea that some groups can only be educated when their financial interests are threatened is often associated with antisemitism, meaning that the Jews are allegedly such a group.
This is not the first time a member of the Netanyahu family accused the Israeli media of being antisemitic. The Prime Minister said in August that the media company Keshet should be boycotted for producing Our Boys, “which is screened around the world and gives the state of Israel a bad name under false pretenses,” as he wrote on his Facebook page.
The show focuses on the kidnapping and murder of Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and was lauded by many in Israel and the world as a meaningful, in depth examination of the realities in Israeli and Palestinian societies.