TikTok Removes Account of Israeli Extremist Group Opposed to Jewish-Arab Coexistence

JTA
Marcy Oster
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Lehava leader Benzi Gopstein with the leader of the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit party, Itamar Ben-Gvir, ahead of Goptsein's trial, August 28, 2020
Lehava leader Benzi Gopstein with the leader of the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit party, Itamar Ben-Gvir, ahead of Goptsein's trial, August 28, 2020Credit: Emil Salman
JTA
Marcy Oster

The video-sharing social network TikTok removed the channel of Lehava, a far-right Israeli group that opposes Jewish-Arab coexistence and gay relationships.

The group is led by Benzi Gopstein, who was banned from running in Israeli elections last year as head of the right-wing Jewish Power party due to anti-Arab statements considered incitement to racism.

TikTok first took down three of Lehava’s videos and then completely removed the channel after receiving complaints about its content. The channel was permanently blocked over “repeated violations of our community conduct regulations,” TikTok said in a statement, according to the Lehava website.

Gopstein told Israel National News that his attorneys are “checking into” filing a lawsuit against Tik Tok.

“You can find every evil on TikTok, but somebody who talks a little about Judaism and about not assimilating – this, TikTok decided to close,” Gopstein said.

Lehava also has been banned from Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Comments