Facebook Takes Down Video of Second Birthright Participants Walking Off a Trip

The social network took down the video over the weekend, which featured the moment of the walk-off, as well as a lengthy conversations with Palestinians

The Forward
Alyssa Fisher
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IfNotNow activists talk with young American Jews embarking to Israel for Birthright at JFK airport in New York City. July 30th 2018.
IfNotNow activists talk with young American Jews embarking to Israel for Birthright at JFK airport in New York City. July 30th 2018.Credit: Gili Getz
The Forward
Alyssa Fisher

Facebook removed a live-streamed video posted by a Birthright participant who recently walked off her trip with eight others to visit a Palestinian family facing eviction from their eastern Jerusalem home.

The social network took down the video over the weekend, according to IfNotNow, an American-Jewish progressive activist group that connected the participants with activists in the West Bank. The video, posted by Hallie Berkson-Gold on July 15, featured the moment of the walk-off, as well as a lengthy conversations with Palestinians.

IfNotNow is calling on Facebook to re-post Berkson-Gold’s video and reverse its policy of removing content from Palestinian activists.

The eight participants wrote in a GoFundMe campaign — which they created to raise money to book new flights home — that they left their Birthright journey after six days. They said they tried asking questions about the Occupation and “demanding a more detailed and accurate picture of the truth,” which proved fruitless.

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