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CUFI Demands: 'No Twitter for Terrorists'

Christians United for Israel has launched a campaign demanding that Twitter ban Hamas from utilizing the social media networking site.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 11/20/2012, 5:14 PM

man poses next to poster of Hamas terrorist
man poses next to poster of Hamas terrorist
Reuters

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest  pro-Israel organization in the United States, has launched a campaign demanding that Twitter ban Hamas from utilizing the social media networking site from advocating terror against the State of Israel and espousing hatred against the Jewish state.

In addition to starting a letter writing campaign supporting a Hamas ban, the group has launched a Twitter hashtag #BanHamas.

The “No Twitter for Terrorists” campaign urges supporters to send letters to the U.S. Attorney’s office and other lawmakers demanding that the terrorist group no longer be able to exploit the social networking platform.

“As an American citizen who is concerned about global terrorism, I was deeply disturbed to learn that your company is permitting the terrorist organization Hamas to use your services to spread its message and accomplish its goals,” reads the pre-written letter supporters are urged to send lawmakers.

“The United States government has designated Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Under 18 U.S.C. 2339A, it is illegal for any U.S. Company to provide ‘material support’ to a terrorist organization. This prohibited material support specifically includes ‘services’ and ‘communications equipment’”, the letter continues.

“By allowing Hamas to have a Twitter account, you are providing it with an important ‘service’ and extremely effective ‘communications equipment’ which are central to its primary mission of terrorizing the Israeli people and using civilian deaths to score political points,” the letter asserts.

On Wednesday, the IDF announced its targeted attacks on Hamas via Twitter stating, “We recommend no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.”

The message prompted a response from terrorist organizations, with the @AlqassamBrigade tweeting, “Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves).”

The tweet was re-tweeted on the micro-blogging network hundreds of times.