Offensive Facebook comments written by the soldier, as aggregated on the Facebook page of “John Brown.”
“The Arabs are the cancer of this country and must be dealt with,” wrote the soldier, a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade. “There is nothing better than a dead Arab.”
The soldier also referred to a bus crash in Jordan last week in which Palestinians died. “I’m glad Arabs were killed,” he wrote. “I”ll be happy if not one Arab remains here, and I’m sorry only 14 were killed.”
Last month an Israeli soldier posted an Instagram photo of what appeared to be a Palestinian boy in the crosshairs of a sniper’s rifle. In both cases the army’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, sent a letter to commanders urging them to be aware of their troops’ activities on social media.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office said the soldier who made the anti-Arab remarks had been called in for a talk by his battalion commander; the soldier then deleted the posting.
“The IDF regrets the soldier’s remarks, which do not conform to the spirit and values of the IDF,” said the spokesman’s office. It noted that the soldier had “deleted the remarks of his own accord.”