may face legal action for ‘censoring’ petition against Omar

The petition was flagged by earlier this month. Now, a pink bar at the top of the petition page reads, “ has received flags from our users..."

U.S. Democratic congressional Rep. Ilhan Omar attended a gun violence prevention roundtable before she was elected.  (photo credit: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER)
U.S. Democratic congressional Rep. Ilhan Omar attended a gun violence prevention roundtable before she was elected.
(photo credit: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER)
The Zachor Legal Institute has written a letter to threatening legal action if the crowd-sourcing platform does not respond to its request for information about why it has chosen to flag and disable some components of a petition filed by Stop Antisemitism.
The petition calls for the United States Government to investigate the infiltration of global antisemitic organizations in the US Congress, with a specific focus on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It includes statements questioning Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s close ties with the Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.
The petition was flagged by earlier this month. Now, a pink bar at the top of the petition page reads, “ has received flags from our users that the statements in this petition may be contested. You should consider researching this issue before signing or sharing.”
Further, disabled access to the petition via user searches, blocked comments, and removed the ability for users to contribute to the petition sponsors after the petition is signed, among other actions.
Zachor is demanding that provide information that would allow Stop Antisemitism to quantify the financial harm of lost donations as a result of’s actions; provide complimentary “promoted petition” status for the petition; acknowledge that the actions taken against the petition were wrongful and issue a public statement to that effect; remove the flagged status; allow users to comment; terminate any activity that might be causing outside search engines from having access to the petition; and provide a copy of’s corporate charter and other documents that specify its purpose as a public benefit corporation.
“We reserve the right to take any and all legal action applicable the enforcement of the matters outlined in this letter and would appreciate acknowledgment of this letter,” wrote Zachor, which describes itself as a non-profit legal foundation devoted to fighting antisemitism and defending constitutional rights.
Stop Antisemitism is a grassroots organization founded by individuals interested in “waking up the American people” and “eradicating the hatred that seeks to ruin our American way of life,” said co-founder Liora Rez. The organization has run other petitions on before this one.
Rez told The Jerusalem Post that she and her organization believe is engaging in “100% some form of censorship.”
“Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are such hot buttons of conversation all over the media in America,” she continued. “Perhaps [their people] have contacted and they are trying to control things as much as possible on their end.”
Rez said that so far nearly 30,000 people have signed the petition, but almost double that number have clicked to sign, and hundreds of complaints have come to Stop Antisemitism saying supporters are unable to click submit.
“We should have close to double the signatures based on what we are seeing in [Google] Analytics,” said Rez.
ACCORDING TO Zachor, while also has adopted community guidelines that allow it to remove content or restrict user accounts, the circumstances under which such actions can be taken are limited to the following: hate speech, violence, impersonation, violation of privacy, bullying, graphic content, harm to children, spam and illegal acts. Zachor said “Nothing in the... petition has violated any of the community guidelines or terms of service. In fact, even though’s terms of service clearly state that doesn’t monitor petitions or support political positions, that is exactly what has happened when acted to flag, demonetize and shadowban the... petition.”
Zachor noted that when requested that Stop Antisemitism provide supporting documentation to prove the accuracy of its petition, it did so and added links to the supporting information on the petition page.
These links include information Stop Antisemitism believes prove CAIR is a terror-supporting organization, such as that in 2007, CAIR was listed as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the case that found the Holy Land Foundation responsible for siphoning over $12 million to Hamas, and a 2009 ruling by US District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis determined that CAIR is Hamas.
“The negative effects of’s wrongful treatment of the subject petition have damaged the sponsor of the subject petition and have materially and adversely affected the subject petition,” wrote Zachor. “While the Constitution’s First Amendment does not generally apply to private parties acting as such, when such a party operates and controls public platforms used by the public for public benefit, that party becomes a quasi-state actor and can be held liable for First Amendment violations.
“We believe that the evidence set forth above demonstrates that has subjected the subject petition to a discriminatory campaign of demonetization, shadow banning and censorship, in violation of’s own policies, governance standards for public benefit corporations and applicable state and federal laws, including anti-discrimination principles of California and Delaware law, federal prohibitions on wire fraud and the First Amendment,” the letter continued.
A.J. Walton, a spokesperson for, previously told the Post that when a petition is flagged by users, “we review its content to see if it violates our stated policies and to determine whether or not the petition should be removed.
“Since the petition itself does not violate our terms, we have not removed it entirely,” he said. “However, we have taken steps to ensure users know we are aware of their concerns by including the banner at the top of the petition, disabled the comments feature, particularly in light of the many that violate our community guidelines, and limited the petition’s discovery on our platform.”
Responded Rez, “ should be an unbiased platform.”