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Facebook took eight hours to remove the Facebook page of Har Adar terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmad al-Jamal and meanwhile hosted incitement to murder Israelis on his page, former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon charges.
Ya’alon wrote on Facebook that there were hundreds of responses praising the murders on the terrorist’s page. Ya’alon, who reads Arabic, said the responses could be summarized with “May God have mercy on you, hero martyr.”
“You will not find the words ‘vile murderer’ there, nor will you find any other condemnation,” Ya’alon said. “Before the page was removed, I saw the profile of those who responded. They were children, women, men, normal Palestinians.”
Ya'alon later posted that he received assurances from Facebook that the terrorist's profile was removed within 25 minutes from when the relevant authorities in the Justice Ministry requested it from the company.
Ya'alon praised Facebook for what it does to prevent the distribution of inciting content that leads to additional terror attacks, but said there is more work to be done.
Ya’alon said the Palestinian Authority was educating hatred of Israeli Jews and encouraging terrorism with incitement and funding terrorists and their families.
“Want peace?” he asked rhetorically. “Deal with your incitement and education to murder. Until then, we can only rely on ourselves, and we will pursue the terrorists everywhere.”
Ya’alon noted that it was not the first time terrorist attacks happened during the September holidays.
“Heartless people will not defeat us and will not make us lose faith in our way,” he said.
Former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak added that the government must respond with actions rather than words to stop further terrorism.
Another former defense minister, MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union), said Israelis were “united in war against the murderers and those who send them.”
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) said Israel should respond to the attack by building more in Judea and Samaria and advancing a diplomatic approach that involves encouraging Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to move to other countries.
The fiercest response came from Likud MK Nava Boker, who said Jamal was Satan and his body should be thrown into the sea.