New Technologies, Old Hate Fuel Terror Attacks on Israelis - SWC Urges Social Networking Giants to Bar the Calls to Terrorist Murder, Mayhem and Violence Against Israelis

October 9, 2015

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging leading Social Media giants to bar terrorist postings celebrating and encouraging the continuing wave of stabbings by Palestinians across Israel.

 

“The main responsibility for the current wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis rests with Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA). Mr. Abbas has validated the worst falsehoods about non-existent threats by Israel against Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. Since then, social networks have been used by terrorists and their supporters to celebrate and incite deadly continuous attacks on Jewish men, women, and children across Israel, “ charged Rabbi Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder, and Associate Dean of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.

“As long as there are no consequences for this Palestinian campaign of hatred and violence from the international community, led by the US and EU, Israel will be left to struggle to protect her citizens on her own against an onslaught of ancient barbarity promoted by cutting edge 21st Century technologies,” Hier and Cooper said.

 

Rabbi Cooper, who directs the Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project added: “We are urging Social Networking giants led by Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to take steps to stop the use of their powerful platforms to spread the terror campaign against Israelis. While Facebook and YouTube have responded to our requests and have removed some of the worst postings, Twitter continues to serve as a key weapon to launch 24/7 calls for more murder, mayhem and violence against the citizens of the Jewish state,” Cooper concluded.

 

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).