Twitter Suspends Account of Hamas' Military Wing

Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades blames U.S., Israel of pressuring social media platform into move.

Twitter suspended Thursday the English account operated by Hamas' military wing, the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Al Arabiya News reported.

On its website, the militant group blamed Israel and the U.S. and Christians for pressuring Twitter into suspending its account.

“The Qassam Brigades confirmed that they did not violate Twitter’s terms of service ever, asserting that reason behind the suspension is Twitter subordination to US government and ‘Israel’ as usual,” the group wrote. “Jewish-Christian incitation against the Qassam active account, so long exposed Israel’s war crimes and violations against the Palestinian civilians led to the suspension of the Qassam Twitter account.”

“The Qassam Brigades strongly condemned the act and asserted on right to freedom of speech and expression and media,” the group said.

Twitter's policy allows users to suggest suspensions of accounts which break the online messaging platform's rules, which prohibit hate speech and online harassment.

Although its primary Twitter handle “@alqassamBrigade” was closed, a second account “@qassambrigade” is still operating, Algemeiner reported.