Who is behind the Facebook profile that allegedly called for Netanyahu’s assassination?

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Who is behind the Facebook profile that allegedly called for the assassination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Yesterday, Netanyahu published a tweet claiming that there is a wild incitement against him that could lead to his assassination. To the tweet, he attached a screenshot from a Facebook discussion, featuring a response from a user named Dana Ron, according to which the only way to move him from his chair is “with a bullet in the head.” However, a test done by a Twitter user named Yossi Dorfman raised serious doubts about the authenticity of this profile. Following Calcalist’s request, Facebook is examining the profile in question and whether it is a fake profile at all.

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In a demonstration held this week in Tel Aviv, protesters cheered on the prime minister accused of crimes and the corona policy he leads, with violence in beatings, glass bottles and even stabbings by thugs allegedly inspired by things Netanyahu says. That demonstrations in the open space lead to an increase in corona distribution).

In response, and in an attempt to ignite the fire from him, Netanyahu promotes claims that his life and the lives of his family – the most secure people in Israel – are in real danger, while he was hanged for this purpose mainly in unpublished online statements.

Yesterday, Netanyahu had a golden opportunity to strengthen the narrative of incitement against him, after the police arrested a man who threatened the government near the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, and two knives and a gun were found in his tools. The facts – this was a person who may have suffered mental problems, that the knives were tiny razors at all, that the gun was a toy gun and that the protest tent residents were the ones who called the police to the scene – did not change the prime minister, who was quick to tweet.

“Yesterday the police arrested a man who threatened to murder me near the Prime Minister’s Office and knives were found in his tools,” he wrote. “Today I will file a complaint with the police against the incitement threat attached here, which calls for my murder ‘with a bullet in the head’.” Netanyahu attached a screenshot of a discussion on Facebook with a response from a user named Dana Ron who declared: “Bibi should only be forcibly removed … dictators move only with a bullet in the head!”

Scary, right? However, the reaction seems suspicious in itself, and especially the emphasis and punctuation of the letters B, K and S – not exactly an accepted form of writing on the Hebrew network. More something that could have been expected, perhaps, from someone who does not speak ‘Israeli Hebrew’ as a mother tongue. At the same time, Twitter user Yossi Dorfman analyzed the profile of the same Dana Ron and came up with some interesting findings that call into question his authenticity.

As Dorfman points out, the profile, which does not include a user photo, updated personal details on Tuesday night, at 2:08 and 2:09 p.m. “What happened at that time? The attacks by the demonstrators in Tel Aviv have already made headlines and done damage to Netanyahu,” he wrote. “What else? About an hour earlier, Or-Li Barlev had interviewed Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and there (in the recording of the broadcast on Facebook, A.K.) the reaction calling for the murder was allegedly raised. ”

An examination of the posts posted on this profile revealed that between 1:55 and 2:05, seven posts related to the protest against Netanyahu or his criticism of his profile were shared in this profile. Although both of them were recordings of live broadcasts that ended earlier, of the protests against Netanyahu, others were older, such as documentation of a June 27 rally, a speech against MK Eli Avidar’s prime minister on June 16, and even a post From September 2019, which calls on those who are undecided not to vote for the Likud, a bit of suspicious behavior, even if it does not constitute more than circumstantial evidence.

More problematic findings relate to the nature of the profile. First, the name in the profile link is Dana Levi. Unlike the username, the name in the link can not be changed, which indicates that the profile opens under another username. It is not uncommon for people to change their last name, but given the fact that the profile only started operating in early March this is another suspicious pattern. In addition, the profile in question does not display any personal information, has no friends or the friends list is not displayed, memberships can not be offered, and many (few) likes of his posts come from suspicious profiles themselves – all characteristics of fake users.

Although the findings are not unequivocal, they are certainly worth examining. Especially when the Prime Minister himself refers to what has been said in the name of this profile. Netanyahu announced that he intends to file a complaint with the police against the same “Dana Ron.” It is to be hoped that the police investigation or Facebook check will reveal whether such a user really exists, or whether it is indeed a fake profile, and if so, will also identify who is operating it and for what purpose.

Calcalist has requested a response from the Prime Minister’s Office, and will publish it when it is received.



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