Published On: Tue, Oct 27th, 2015

Israeli NGO sues Facebook over pages inciting terror

It calls on the company to remove over 1, 000 inflammatory pages and improve its monitoring mechanisms, but does not seek monetary damages.

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Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbing attacks and shootings since October 1, while dozens have been wounded.

Fifty-six Palestinians and one Israeli Arab have been killed in the same period, around half of whom are alleged attackers.

20, 000 Israelis have joined a lawsuit against Facebook in a New York court, accusing the social media of ignoring widespread Palestinian posts calling for killing against Jews. The group is not plaintiffs in the case.

The suit alleges that Facebook has a “legal and moral obligation” to block this content but that it chooses not to.

Nine Israelis have been killed in two weeks of stabbing attacks and shootings in October 2015, while dozens have been wounded. On the Palestinian side fifty-six have been killed in the same two weeks, half of whom are the attackers.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Israeli NGO, Shurat HaDin, that filed the lawsuit on Monday, said “It calls on the company to immediately remove over 1, 000 inflammatory pages containing incitement to murder Jews; to actively monitor its website for such incitement that all incitement is immediately removed prior to being disseminated to masses of terrorists and would-be terrorists; and to cease serving as matchmaker between terrorists, terrorist organizations, and those who incite others to commit terrorism.”

The plaintiffs does not seek monetary damages.

“The same way they can tell what coffee you drink in the morning and push you ads or connect me with my friends that have similar hobbies, they can monitor these threats and take down the posts of encouragement and glorification of terror attacks, ” Darshan-Leitner told the media.

“This lawsuit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously, ” Facebook said in a statement.

“We want people to feel safe when using Facebook. There is no place for content encouraging violence, direct threats, terrorism or hate speech on Facebook, ” the statement said.

“We urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate and take swift action.”

In February 2015, in a case also brought by Shurat HaDin, an American court found the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed 33 people and wounded more than 390 others between January 2002 and January 2004.

They were ordered to pay more than $650 million in damages to the families of American victims.

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