Facebook Intifada Campaign Exploits Fallen Soldiers' Site
The “Third Intifada” incitement campaign on Facebook now exploits the page for fallen soldiers, including a vow to “kill all Israelis” - despite Facebook’s official policy that forbids incitement to violence.
The anti-Israel messages are posted in Hebrew and English and call for a new intifada, or uprising, on May 15, the secular date of the re-establishment of the State of Israel.
A widespread public protest last week ostensibly forced Facebook to close a Third Intifada page, despite its original response that the references to the prior deadly intifada were simply an expression of culture. An American has filed a billion dollar lawsuit against Facebook for not moving quickly enough to close the page.
Despite the official closure, new intifada incitement pages have cropped up, including one that simply refers the reader to the original page.
The new page, originally intended to memorialize fallen soldiers, includes several postings from ‘Mahmud Abdallah,” who wrote, “I will kill all Israelis... there won’t be a country called Israel anymore... we will kill all Israelis and spill their blood on the land like the rivers in Iraq and Egypt..."
Ana Masry wrote, "We are going to take all of our land; we love death just like you love life.”
One Zionist response staged, “Don’t worry, dear Jews. We have HaShem [G-d], and we do not need to do anything. They [Arabs] will kill each other.”
Facebook has not taken any action to shut down the new incitement pages, though its official policy instructs its users, "You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user. You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic [or] incites violence.”
The IDF last year warned of the electronic intifada by which “radical Islamic groups use online social networks such as Facebook to gain wide range support for their cause and terrorist action."
One posting that was cited read, “So that the world know that the Jews are carrying out Nazi crimes against the Palestinian people, and they will drink from the same cup."
The spreading of hate messages against Israel, the promise to “extract the roots of the Zionist entity,” and a call for violent disturbances on the Temple Mount were among several Facebook pages opened last year.
The IDF reported at the time that one group behind the electronic intifada is connected with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and added, “It is possible that operatives of Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations are also participating in it."
The Iranian Intelligence Minister called for people to carry out a media uprising against Israel, using social networks on the Internet.