New York, NY, March 25, 2011 … A Facebook page calling for a "Third Palestinian Intifada," or violent uprising against the State of Israel, should be taken down immediately, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said today, calling the site "an appalling abuse of technology to promote terrorist violence."
The "Third Palestinian Intifada" Facebook page has amassed more than 298,000 supporters, and counting, and includes inflammatory anti-Israel language calling for supporters to build on the previous two intifadas, while directing users to related content on Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere. The Second Palestinian Intifada was responsible for thousands of casualties and deaths through a campaign of terrorism against Israel that included suicide bombings of restaurants, buses, dance clubs and cafes.
"This Facebook page constitutes an appalling abuse of technology to promote terrorist violence," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Although the managers of this group claim to be calling for peaceful demonstrations, the Third Intifada pages include calls for followers to build on the previous two intifadas. We should not be so naïve to believe that a campaign for a 'Third Intifada' does not portend renewed violence, especially in the current climate that has seen a dramatic increase in rocket attacks from Gaza, the brutal murder of the Fogel family in the West Bank, and a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem."
ADL had reached out to Facebook with a request to have the site taken down, to no avail.
"We are disappointed that Facebook has rejected our request to remove this site, which is in clear violation of their terms of service," said Mr. Foxman. "We are especially disappointed in this case because in the past there has often been understanding and sensitivity from Facebook when we have brought violations of its own rules to its attention. We urge Facebook to reconsider its decision and remove this site, which by its very title incites violence."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.