Israeli NGO to Sue Facebook for Incitement to Violence Against Israelis

October 27, 2015

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Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin, renowned for representing terror victims against Arab organizations, is recruiting Israeli participants in a class action lawsuit against Facebook for incitement and encouragement of violence against Israelis. The organization claims that one of the significant characteristics of the current terror wave is the incitement on the social media networks, most notably on Facebook.

“This is much more than just sharing anti-Israel song lyrics set to Eyal Golan music and anti-Semitic cartoons,” Shurat HaDin said in a press release statement. “This incitement consists of the Facebook pages of many young Palestinians who inflame their friends to embark on terrorist attacks, provocative videos glorifying and encouraging terrorist attacks, instructions for terrorists ‘How to Carry out a Terrorist Attack’ – all on Facebook.”

The press release cites the fact that a short time before an October 14 combined vehicular stabbing attack, “the terrorist announce on Facebook that he intends to carry out an attack.” Also: “Another terrorist wrote ‘I want to become a martyr,’ just before going out to stab Jews. The 19 year old terrorist Mohannad Halabi, published a post on his Facebook page stating that the Third Intifada had erupted and that the current war is for the al-Aqsa Mosque. One day later, Halabi stabbed and murdered Aharon Benita z”l and Rabbi Nehemia Lavi z”l [in Jerusalem’s Old City]. There are many examples. In general, Facebook is being flooded with many messages in support of terrorists.”

And so, in the wake of this terror wave, Shurat HaDin started an unprecedented effort: a class action lawsuit against the global Facebook website, titled: “Suing Facebook – Cutting off Terrorism,” calling on all Israelis to join the suit which will be conducted against Facebook in the United States.

Shurat HaDin intends to obtain an injunction against Facebook to remove inciting pages, a court order directing Facebook to monitor the methods of incitement and block them and to place the responsibility on Facebook for allowing these terrorists on their network.

According to Shurat HaDin, “Facebook has the means to research and monitor every word that appears on its website. It cannot be that entire pages on Facebook are devoted to incitement to murder Jews and that terrorists are permitted to publish posts that become popular among their friends and encourage them to kill. It is absurd that Facebook is being transformed into a tool for supporting incitement and attacks against Jews, and we intend to put an end to it.”

As a first step, Shurat HaDin, which says the matter has been seriously considered from a legal standpoint, created a special page where Israelis can join the lawsuit, which will be handled by a New York law firm—there is no fee to join. Shurat HaDin invites the public to send it as many examples as possible of Facebook incitement for use in this planned class action.

The page created by Shurat HaDin states: “The terrorists do not come on their own. They write posts and encourage their friends to kill Jews. Facebook has been transformed into an anti-Semitic incubator for murder. Join us for the lawsuit against Facebook – that will shut down the inciting pages and stop the terror.”

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