On Sunday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan proposed new legislation urging social media platforms, like Facebook, to remove posts that directly provoke and incite violence and murder against Jews.
“My aim is to systematically expose the Palestinian culture of incitement among relevant audiences around the world,” Erdan said, according to daily Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom.
Erdan reportedly said an Israeli law should be enacted in conjunction with legislation in other Western countries. Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) recently introduced two pieces of legislation to counter the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the State of Israel.
Israeli legal advocacy group Shurat Hadin has taken aim at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg directly to urge him to stop incitement against Israel and Jews on Facebook.
Israel Hayom notes that “some Facebook pages explain how to kill Jews most effectively and include detailed instructions and encouragement for killers. Tips are provided, such as spraying a knife with insect spray prior to stabbing Jews, or detailing which part of the body to stab to incur the most damage. The pages also include encouragement for murderers and promises of becoming cultural heroes.”
Shurat Hadin Director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner reportedly said that “the incitement on Facebook is becoming a weapon in the hands of terror, and we cannot accept this. Even after the murder of close to 30 Israelis since October, driven by wild incitement on social networks, Facebook continues to turn a blind eye.” The group has reportedly begun raising funds using crowdfunding site Headstart in the hope of hanging billboards across from Zuckerberg’s California mansion to get his attention.
On Monday, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) will host a conference in Los Angeles, coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to “challenge Palestinian lies” and address efforts to