Published On: Fri, May 13th, 2016

#AskNetanyahu Twitter campaign for Independence Day elicits harsh response

Benjamin Netanyahu’s live chat on Twitter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s live chat on Twitter for Thursday’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) elicited a barrage of criticism of the Israeli leader.

Most accusations hurled at the prime minister under the #AskNetanyahu hashtag called Israel an “apartheid” or “terrorist” state, with questions such as “When will Israel stop murdering children?” and “When are you going to end illegal settlement on West Bank & end the occupation of Palestinian land?” Other questions and comments focused on the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the Iranian nuclear threat.

On a lighter but still critical note, one Twitter user asked Netanyahu, “Who do you identify with the most: Voldemort, Darth Vader or Hannibal Lecter?” Another user featured Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in his criticism of Netanyahu, Tweeting, “Is it public executions of children that makes Israel a beacon of democracy? #AskNetanyahu #AskClinton.”

Some supporters of Netanyahu participated in the Twitter chat, but most of the tweeters took the opportunity to lambast the prime minister through words and images.


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