Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin was bombarded with online threats following his statement in which he condemns “Jewish terrorism,” following the death of a Palestinian toddler by an arson attack, according to a presidential spokesman’s statement on Monday.
An investigation that will look into the threats has begun, according to police.
The statement he released in Arabic and Hebrew, which prompted the threats was “more than shame, I feel pain,” following the death of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, who died after suspected far-right Jews carried out an arson attack on his Palestinian home in the West Bank.
"The pain over the murder of a little baby. The pain over my people choosing the path of terrorism and losing their humanity,” he wrote.
“Their path is not the path of the State of Israel and is not the path of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, it seems that so far we've dealt with the phenomenon of Jewish terrorism limply."
His statement sparked some 2,000 responses, many of them dripping with threats, attacking him for his “Jewish terrorism” expression.
Some commenters responded to him by recalling the Israelis who were allegedly killed by Palestinians.
"Dirty traitor. Your end will be worse than [Ariel] Sharon's," said one of the comments.
Another commenter said if Rivlin were in Russia, he would have “been found by this point cut up inside a shoe box.”
An investigation was launched, that will "examine offensive publications against the president on social media," police said.