FT. LAUDERDALE | Two South Florida public defenders have lost their jobs after derogatory remarks about Palestinians appeared on their Facebook pages.
Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein told local television stations that Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres were fired Tuesday after comments on Facebook referred to Palestinians as "filthy swine" and "cockroaches."
The remarks were written under a post which claimed Palestinians were celebrating the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens.
Raticoff said a relative used his Facebook account to make the comment. He told television stations that he has a right to free speech.
Sheres said he was referring to the Palestinians accused of killing the teens.
They both had been disciplined in 2005 for an inflammatory email which included the language "extreme Muslims."
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