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Twitter reinstates adviser to Israel’s national security minister

Yishai Fleisher was banned after he suggested throwing the remains of terrorists into the sea.

Yishai Fleisher, adviser to Israel's national security minister. Photo by Josh Hasten.
Yishai Fleisher, adviser to Israel's national security minister. Photo by Josh Hasten.

Twitter briefly banned Yishai Fleisher, an adviser to Israel’s Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir, over the weekend following a May 4 post in which he suggested throwing the bodies of dead terrorists into the sea.

The ban was lifted on Sunday.

Twitter initially banned Fleisher for his response to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s decision to return to their families the bodies of the terrorists who murdered three members of the Dee family. The IDF operation that killed the terrorists took place on May 4.

Fleisher, who is also a spokesman for the Jewish Community of Hebron, tweeted that instead of giving the bodies back, Israel should throw them into the sea. “Let the Jihadists and their supporters know that if they raise a hand against Israel their death will be final,” he said.

The Jewish Press reported that Fleisher received an automated message from Twitter reading, “Your account was suspended due to violations of our Terms of Service. After reviewing for reinstatement your account will not be restored.”

Fleisher responded, “In my role as an adviser to the Israeli government I wrote a tweet recommending a policy to deal with terrorism. If I crossed a line, I apologize.

“However, I did not even receive a warning and would have been quick to fix my tweet had I been given the chance,” he said. “I am generally quite careful not to write offensive speech and will be doubly more careful in the future. Please reinstate.”

After the ban was lifted, Fleisher thanked Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of the International Legal Forum, a group that fights terror, BDS and antisemitism in the legal arena.

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