Facebook racism targets Palestinians & Arabs
Jewish Voice for Peace, one of several Jewish American organizations that advocates for peace based on compromise and justice between Palestinians and Israelis, reports that Facebook is actively censoring posts by Palestinians and pro-Palestinian users, while ignoring racist and hate-filled posts from pro-Israel extremists. Facebook has a history of anti-Arab and anti-Arab Muslim racism and discrimination
Here is the recent statement from JVP Deputy Director Ari Wohlfeiler, and a plea for support:
It’s demoralizing and terrifying: new research shows 1 in 9 Facebook posts written about Palestinians contains a call for violence or a curse. And In Israel hate-filled ANTI-Palestinian posts go up every 71 seconds!1
Yet incredibly Facebook removes 10,000 Palestinian posts each year,1 through an extraordinary agreement with the Israeli government.
Its mission is to bring the world closer together — but Facebook is actively pulling Israel/Palestine apart. That’s where we come in.
Mark Zuckerberg is under fire like never before and Facebook is vulnerable to being called on their hypocrisy. So if we create a massive outcry we can get Facebook to stop blocking Palestine, and start taking on hate speech against Palestinians:
Just this month Facebook has shut down hundreds of Palestinian media and activists accounts, including the controversial Safa Palestinian Press Agency which has 1.3 million followers.
The justification for this muzzling is to stop “incitement” under an agreement where Facebook acts as the enforcer of Israel’s apartheid laws that lumps activists together with terrorists to shut down dissent.
And the Israeli government isn’t shy about getting Facebook to do their dirty work: their own stats show they’ve asked for 12,000 posts to be taken down!
The internet is one of the few places Palestinians can be free — but that’s under attack like never before. Add your name and let’s get Facebook to stop blocking Palestine: Add your name now
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
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