#AskNetanyahu: Israel Prime Minister's Twitter publicity stunt backfires spectacularly

Published May 10th, 2016 - 06:29 GMT
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: Israel Government Press Office)
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo: Israel Government Press Office)

The Prime Minister of Israel attempted to score some public-relations points on Tuesday, but the stunt backfired.  

Here's how it happened: The office of Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu announced that it would be holding a Q&A on Thursday. The event would be organized through the #AskNetanyahu hashtag. 

Israel launched the event in honor of Independence Day, which is Thursday. Palestinians refer to this day as "Nakba Day" and remember the occasion on May 15. The word nakba means "catastrophe" in Arabic. 

Twitter users immediately pounced on Netanyahu. 

"Who do you identify with the most: Voldemort, Darth Vader or Hannibal Lector? You may pick more than 1 answer #AskNetanyahu," wrote one user. 

"Which war crime is your favorite hobby? #AskNetanyahu," asked Ramah Kudaimi. 

Others used the hashtag to post videos of Israeli aggression and mocked Netanyahu for calling the Israel Defense Forces the "most moral army in the world." 

Others asked painful personal questions related to the Israeli occupation. 

and:

and also:

Others used the occasion to attack Netanyahu for war crimes in Gaza: 

and: 

Lastly, some people were just content to make fun of Netanyahu for not having had the foresight to recognize that his Q&A would inevitably become a public-relations nightmare. 

--Hunter Stuart


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