State to Conduct Inquiry into Alleged Racism on Facebook
Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan has contacted Israeli police and requested that it launch an investigation into two Facebook groups that allegedly published racist comments. One of the groups is called “Death to Arabs” and the second one is called “Umm al-Fahm Demonstration Against the Islamic Movement.”
The request was made to the police after two petitions dealing with Facebook publications were referred to the Attorney General. The first petition dealt with the “Death to Arabs” group, a link to which was posted on the Yisrael Beiteinu party's Facebook page.
The Ministry of Justice noted that since the contents of the group, which numbered about 170 members, included an explicit call to commit acts of violence against Arabs and supported such acts, the deputy state prosecutor is requesting than an investigation be opened for incitement to violence as well as for a publication of racial incitement. The Ministry added that Nitzan also seeks to divert the attention of the moderator of the Yisrael Beiteinu page and ask him to remove the link to the group, while stating that there is no place for a criminal investigation against him.
Some of the statements in the group included a sentence in the group description which reads: “must kill them one by one ... a good Arab = a dead Arab.”
Other statemens in the group read “Death to Arabs” and “KILL ALL ARABY”. There was also a comment written by one user who said: “Death to the Jews ... dogs.”
The second case involves a group which was started in preparation for a demonstration by rightists in Umm al-Fahm. The group wall contained statements which raise suspicions that offenses regarding publishing of racist incitement and offending religious sensitivities took place.
Some of the statements written on the group’s wall include: “How nice to see the people of Israel waking up and fighting for our right to exist! Death to the Arabs, Muhammad is a pig!”
The Ministry of Justice noted that “in both cases, the deputy state prosecutor requested that the investigative unit contact Facebook and ask the company to remove the harmful publications.”