Edelstein calls on Facebook to remove Intifada page

Social network's owner Zuckerberg asked to shut down group with over 230,000 members calling for "Third Palestinian Intifada."

March 23, 2011 22:09
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Third Intifada Facebook page

Facebook intifada page 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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

Nearly 230,000 people have expressed support for the group since it was launched less than a month ago.

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"On this Facebook page there are posted many remarks and movie clips which call for the killing of Israelis and Jews and the "liberating" of Jerusalem and of Palestine through acts of violence," Edelstein's letter to Zuckerberg read.

The minister of diplomacy and diaspora affairs went on to say "It is important to note that this page's inflammatory calls are supported by over 230,000 "friends" at the time of the writing of this letter."

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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