Israeli Facebook Groups May Face Investigation for Inciting Racism

Deputy attorney general requested police open investigation into groups "Death to all Arabs", and "Protest in Umm al-Fahm against the Islamic Movement".

The deputy attorney general requested on Wednesday that police investigate two Facebook groups for allegedly inciting racism.

The groups are called "Death to all Arabs" and "Protest in Umm al-Fahm against the Islamic Movement".

"Death to all Arabs," which has 170 members, explicitly calls for acts of violence to be carried out against Arabs and has supportive words for violent acts against Arabs. The Deputy Attorney General Shai Nitzan told police to investigate the group for inciting both violence and racism.

Under the "group description" section, it says, "We need to kill them one by one…. Dead Arab= Good Arab." The group had obviously reached other users, one of who posted "Death to Jews" on the group's wall.

The second group, "Protest in Umm al-Fahm against the Islamic Movement," was organized ahead of the right-wing march in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. The march, which took place in October of last year, was held to protest the participation of a leader of the Islamic Movement in last May's Gaza-bound flotilla.

Sheik Ra'ad Salah, who heads the Islamic Movement's northern branch, accused the Israel Navy commandos who stormed the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, killing nine Turkish citizens, of deliberately trying to kill him.

Users wrote on the group's wall "death to Arabs" and "Mohamed is a pig."

In both cases, Nitzan requested that police go to Facebook and ask that they do away with the offending groups.