An Israeli court has ordered the son of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop “harassing” leaders of unprecedented protest rallies against his father, ordering him to delete a tweet doxing the protest leaders.
On Sunday, the Jerusalem al-Quds Magistrate's Court ordered Yair Netanyahu, who has caused controversy for past social media posts, to remove a tweet, in which he disclosed personal details of the leaders of the protest movement against his father.
In his controversial tweet on Friday, Yair, who is known to be a bombastic defender of his father, encouraged his 88,000-plus social media followers to picket the activists’ homes day and night.
Judge Dorit Feinstein ordered the younger Netanyahu to “refrain from harassing" the individuals concerned “in any form” for the next six months, Hebrew-language media reported.
Yair Netanyahu “was indifferent to that possibility when he saw some of his followers calling for violent acts, didn’t condemn that and didn’t remove the tweet when he saw it was drawing worrying comments,” the judge added.
Yair Netanyahu also created controversy in 2018 when he was recorded seemingly drunk outside a strip club talking about a natural gas agreement inked by the Israeli regime.
Sunday’s court ruling came a day after Israeli media described as the anti-Netanyahu protests as the largest in a decade, estimating that some 10,000 people participated in the rally over the premier’s corruption.
Netanyahu, the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial, was indicted last November in at least three corruption cases of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He is accused of receiving extravagant gifts from his billionaire friends, and granting media tycoons some regulatory favors in return for more agreeable coverage of himself and his family.
On Sunday, Netanyahu, speaking before a weekly cabinet meeting, denounced the media for what he described as “fueling” rather than covering “violent demonstrations.”
The right-wing premier also accused the media for purportedly giving unwavering support for “left-wing demonstrators.”
In the past recent weeks, thousands of anti-Netanyahu demonstrators, mainly in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem al-Quds, have also rallied against the premier's mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, calling for his resignation.
Israel is currently witnessing record levels of the coronavirus infections and fatalities amid deepening unemployment rate of more than 20 percent.
It has confirmed 72,218 infection cases and a death toll of 526 so far. Many believe Israel reopened its economy too quickly, leading to a surge in infection cases.