Facebook removes ‘intifada’ page calling for Muslims’ killing of Jews

March 30th, 2011 - 2:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook London, Mar 30 (ANI): Facebook has removed a page called ‘Third Palestinian Intifada’ that had called for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel, after more than 350,000 people signed up to it.

The BBC quoted the company’s spokesman as saying that the page was removed for featuring calls for violence.

Israel had earlier raised concerns about the page.

The Third Palestinian Intifada page had called for an uprising on May 15 (Friday) after Muslim prayers were completed, with one of its quotes saying: “Judgment Day will be brought upon us only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews.”

According to reports, three similar pages have come up, with over 7,000 Palestinians signing up to them.

Meanwhile, Facebook has said that the page had begun as a call for peaceful protest, despite using the term “intifada” that has a connotation of violent revolt.

“However, after the publicity of the page, more comments deteriorated to direct calls for violence. We monitor pages that are reported to us, and when they degrade to direct calls for violence or expressions of hate - as occurred in this case - we have and will continue to take them down,” ,” Andrew Noyes, Facebook’s public policy communications manager, said.

Last week, Israeli Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein had claimed in a letter sent to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that the page had featured “wild incitement” with calls to kill Jews and talk of “liberating” Jerusalem through violence.

“I asked Zuckerberg that the red lines of freedom of expression and incitement and violence should not be crossed. I welcome that decision even though I am sure that more cat-and-mouse games await us and there will be attempts by our enemies and those who hate us to enter Facebook in other ways,” he added. (ANI)

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