Facebook blocks Otzma Yehudit

Social network blocks official page of right-wing Otzma Yehudit party. Party to ask election committee chairman to intervene.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Facebook (illustration)
Facebook (illustration)

Facebook closed the official Facebook page of the Otzma Yehudit party, which is running for the 21st Knesset.

According to members of Otzma Yehudit, the party's page was suddenly suspended without any explanation.

A few months ago, Facebook shut down the Facebook page of Bentzi Gopstein, chairman of the anti-assimilation Lehava organization and currently the head of the Otzma Yehudit campaign headquarters.

Gopstein filed a lawsuit against Facebook, which is being held in the Tel Aviv District Court. Sources in Otzma Yehudit believe that Gopstein's involvement in party management was one of the main reasons for the disbanding of the party's page.

Otzma Yehudit will ask the chairman of the election committee, Judge Hanan Meltzer, to intervene in the affair and instruct Facebook to reactivate the page.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, one of the party's leaders, said that “While Facebook allows terrorist groups to incite the murder of Jews without restriction, it shuts mouths and tramples the freedom of expression of a Zionist party that competes in the Knesset elections, thus blatantly intervening in the party’s campaign and trying to skew the results of the election. We intend to appeal to Justice Meltzer in the next few days with a request that he tell Facebook to immediately stop the silencing it is employing and to return the page to its ongoing activities."