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Israeli Legislators: Facebook Has ‘Blood’ On Its Hands

Israeli lawmakers are blasting US-based social media giant Facebook for allowing its technology to be abused by nefarious characters intent on inciting terror.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan even went so far as to say that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has “blood on his hands.”

The Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, held a meeting on Wednesday to in a show of support for Erdan’s audacious pronouncement.

“Facebook is supposed to connect people, but unfortunately, these connections often create expressions of hatred and even incitement to murder,” declared parliament Merav Ben-Ari of Kulanu party.

Israeli officials pointed to Facebook’s double-standards when it comes to censoring or removing inflammatory content. “When big America said ISIS content can lead to terrorism and violence, Facebook respected that and took steps to remove ISIS messages, justifiably so,” said National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz, alluding to the Obama administration’s request for Facebook to remove ISIS-propaganda on its site. “So, in the same way, we must demand that content calling to murder Jews and messages from Hamas and Islamic Jihad and from individuals calling to murder Jews, who say to destroy and expel them… must be removed.”

As The Daily Wire reported, Facebook’s bias against Jews is well-documented. In a video entitled “The Big Facebook Experiment, Tel Aviv based anti-terror organization, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, exposes the blatant hypocrisy of the social media giant, proving that while Palestinian hate speech and incitement is tolerated, Jewish nationalist speech is not.

On December 28, 2015, the law center posted two identical inciting Facebook pages with a single difference between them. One page was “against Palestinians.” The other page was “against Jews.” Shurat HaDin then “simultaneously” uploaded “identical inciting posts and videos on both pages,” including inflammatory rhetoric like “Death to Israel!” and “Death to Palestine!.”

The law center then “simultaneously” reported both pages to Facebook itself. The result? According to Shurat HaDin, “On the same day, the page inciting against Palestinians was closed by Facebook.” Facebook was firm in its response, asserting that the page “violated” the company’s “community standards.”

Facebook didn’t share the same concern for Jews, however. The company was firm in its rejection of complaints against the page, suggesting that posts inciting hatred and violence against Jews were not in violation of any Facebook rules or standards. The pages were virtually identical.

With Palestinian terrorism on the rise in recent months, Israeli officials are attempting to not only deter attacks against citizens, but prevent future attackers from getting radicalized. So far, neither the Obama administration nor Facebook is willing to lend a helping hand.