Facebook Closes Violence Inciting Page

Mar 30, 2011 No Comments by

After mounting protests, Facebook removed the page which called for a new Palestinian Intifada against Israel. Entitled “The Third Palestinian Intifada” the page had won 330,000 supporters and was growing at 25,000 a day. The call to physical violence and mounting protests from around the world, caused Facebook execs to pull the plug.

The Third Palestinian Intifada promoted the launch of their action on May 15, the day on which Palestinians mark ‘Nakba” or catastrophe. It is the day the modern state of Israel was declared. They called for attacks on Jews saying that ‘Judgement Day will be brought on us only once the Muslims have killed all the Jews.”
SITE Monitoring Service translated Arabic words on the site to say: “The march to Palestine [sic] will start in the neighboring countries of Palestine on May 15th. After our recent recognition we will be marching throughout all Islamic countries and Palestine will be liberated and free. Our goal is to reach millions of subscribers on this page before May. Rise up, publish this page everywhere, we are coming O Palestine.”

According to AFP news agency, three new copycat pages have appeared, with more than 7,000 Palestinians signing up to them.

Facebook execs explained the original page started innocently enough, even though it used the incite-filled term ‘intifada.’ Nevertheless, the longer the page was listed the more the comments swung towards greater violence, the execs noted.

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

There is a simple question which I am certain Israeli security services are already considering. Has the publicity launched by this page already launched riots and protests of violent proportions for May 15?

This must be a concerted target for prayer, even fasting.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” (2 Cor. 10: 4)

Let’s stand together and resist the enemy, in the name of Jesus.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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