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Facebook closes accounts commemorating Palestinian Nakba

February 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The social networking website Facebook has closed down accounts opened by Palestinian-Israelis to commemorate the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948. Pages established by the Jaffa Youth Movement were targeted specifically. reported that Facebook had earlier this year blocked and closed the accounts of youth from Jaffa over their role in promoting the Palestinian cause via the social network. The activists have been documenting events in Clock Square, which has witnessed popular demonstrations to revive Palestinian national occasions.

The activists have issued warnings about the blocking and closure of websites which express solidarity with the Palestinian people on the pretext that they “incite racism against Jews and hostility to Israel”. Such systematic censorship has gone relatively unnoticed in the international arena.

The pro-Israel Lobby and right-wing hackers are blamed for these attacks on freedom of expression. Their aggressive campaign against anything remotely pro-Palestinian uses smears of “anti-Semitism” to silence criticism of the self-appointed “Jewish state”.