Israel demands Facebook remove 'Third Intifada' fan page
In letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Minister Yuli Edelstein warns that the page incites to violence.
An Israeli lawmaker has demanded that Facebook remove a fan page calling on Palestinians to take up arms against Israel.
The page, entitled Third Palestinian Intifada, has more than 340,000 fans.
In a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Minister Yuli Edelstein warned that the page includes calls to kill Jews and to liberate Jerusalem through violence. The page incites to violence and violates Facebook content regulations, wrote Edelstein.
Palestinians are urged on the page to take to the streets after Friday prayers on May 15 and begin an uprising in the vain of the first two popular uprisings. "Judgment Day will be brought upon us only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews," reads the call.
The Anti Defamation League on Friday filed an official complaint against Facebook for refusing to the Facebook page.
"We should not be so naïve to believe that a campaign for a ‘Third Intifada’ does not portend renewed violence, especially in the current climate that has seen a dramatic increase in rocket attacks from Gaza, the brutal murder of the Fogel family in the West Bank, and a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
"We are disappointed that Facebook has rejected our request to remove this site, which is in clear violation of their terms of service," the ADL said in a statement.
Facebook has not released an official response to the Israeli government's request.
“While some kinds of comments and content may be upsetting for someone - criticism of a certain culture, country, religion, lifestyle, or political ideology, for example -- that alone is not a reason to remove the discussion,” Facebook spokeswoman Debbie Frost said in an e-mailed statement, according to the Bloomberg news service.
“We strongly believe that Facebook users have the ability to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content, groups or Pages that speak out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas,” Bloomberg reported that Frost's statement said.