Yair Netanyahu apologizes to Wexner Fund for offensive social media posts

2021-07-21 00:15:02

Yair Netanyahu apologized Tuesday to Wexner Fund alumni for posts he stated have been “offensive, unfaithful, and inappropriate” and promised to not repeat them.

The apology got here after 74 Harvard College graduates who have been funded by the Wexner Fund sued him for libel. Netanyahu had erased the posts.

He known as on others who insulted Wexner fellows on-line to take away their posts.

The plaintiffs within the lawsuit issued a press release on Tuesday, saying: “Yair Netanyahu printed and distributed basically terrible lies utilizing excessive language and engaged in mudslinging towards the general public service of each graduate of this system.”

The plaintiffs stated Yair Netanyahu had brought about them vital harm.

“To any extent further, all those that publish lies and incitement towards public servants on social media will know that they are going to be dropped at justice,” they stated. “This can trigger them to rethink their phrases earlier than they publish them and never after a lawsuit is issued. We won’t hesitate to file extra lawsuits towards anybody who continues to distribute lies towards us.”

The lawsuit, filed within the Herzliya Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom, complained about Netanyahu calling the roughly 500 Wexner graduates a “cult of pedophiles” on Twitter and demanding laws that may ban any of the graduates of the fellowship from serving in Israel’s civil service.

“What was written was not coincidental and was meant to advance the pursuits of the defendant and painting the graduates to the general public as unfit for public service and as folks making an attempt to overthrow the federal government,” the lawsuit states. “Extreme harm was executed to the nice title of all of the graduates who earned good reputations via years of public service.”

The graduates who filed the lawsuit embrace outstanding IDF officers, legal professionals, medical doctors and journalists. The record consists of former state prosecutor Moshe Lador, former Navy Intelligence chief Maj-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, Maj-Gen. (ret.) Noam Tibon, Col. (ret.) Eran Lerman, Channel 13 protection analyst Alon Ben-David and Alyn Hospital Director-Normal Dr. Maurit Beeri.

Netanyahu known as the graduates a cult of pedophiles as a result of infamous intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein was a enterprise affiliate of Wexner Basis founder Leslie Wexner. He by no means gave cash to the inspiration or managed its operations, however he did maintain an administrative position confined to transferring cash from the Wexner household to the inspiration till the household lower off ties after the state lawyer drafted its indictment towards him.

The fellowship was began over 30 years in the past when Wexner, an ardent Zionist, expanded his basis’s targets to incorporate fostering excellence in Israel’s public sector. One of many Wexner Basis’s applications is the Israel Fellowship, which every year sends 10 excellent public-sector administrators and leaders from Israel for a grasp’s diploma in public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy College of Authorities.

Earlier than submitting the lawsuit, the graduates requested Netanyahu to apologize to them on social media, however he refused. They requested him to refute what he wrote, admit that it was baseless and dangerous and ask those that shared his tweets to take away them. When he declined, the request was added to the lawsuit.

Jerusalem Submit Employees contributed to this report.

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