ADL urges Facebook to remove 'Third Intifada' page

National Director Foxman says page misleadingly calls for peaceful demonstrations; regrets Facebook has not yet taken down page.

March 26, 2011 07:00
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Third Intifada Facebook page

Facebook intifada page 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has "reached out to Facebook" to remove a "cause" page entitled "Third Palestinian Intifada," saying the page constitutes "an appaling abuse of technology to promote terrorist violence." According to an official statement, the ADL's request has not been met.

ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said the page misleadingly calls for peaceful demonstrations given that it asks supporters to "build on the previous two intifadas" in a current climate that has seen a dramatic increase in rocket attacks from Gaza, the brutal murder of the Fogel family in the West Bank, and a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem.”

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The page currently has more than 312,061 supporters, and "includes inflammatory anti-Israel language calling for supporters to build on the previous two intifadas." The page also contains links to related content on Twitter, Youtube, and in other locations.

Foxman called on Facebook to "reconsider its decision an remove this site, which by it's very title incites violence."

Last Wednesday Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asking him to make sure that a page calling for a third Palestinian Intifada be shut down.

In a personal plea to the founder of Facebook, Edelstein wrote "I turn to you [Zuckerberg] with the request that you order the immediate removal of this Facebook page." "I am sure that you too hold fast to these values and would prefer that all of the pages on your site operate according to them," the letter continued.

The founders of the Facebook group claim that they got the idea for the page from the recent uprisings throughout the Middle East that led to the ousting of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders and the fall of their regimes.

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