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Israeli families sue Facebook demanding action on violent posts

Posted December 03, 2015 23:33:30

The web has grow to be the newest frontline in the battle amongst Palestinians and Israelis.

Hundreds of Israelis families are suing Facebook, demanding they do something to cease the spread of pictures and messages on its platform that glorify violence against Israelis.

It follows a spike in street violence between Israelis and Palestinians more than the past two months.

Ninety-seven Palestinians have been killed considering that October 1, a lot more than half of those while carrying out attacks on Israelis.

Nineteen Israelis have been killed in these attacks, which contain stabbings, shootings and auto-rammings.

A photo of Richard Lakin who was killed on a bus by two Palestinians. Photo: A photo of 76-year-old Israeli Richard Lakin who was killed on a bus by two Palestinians. (Facebook)

Richard Lakin, 76, was one particular of the Israelis killed by two young Palestinians who boarded a bus he was on and began attacking.

Mr Lakin’s son, Micah Lakin Avni, said he nevertheless cannot make sense of it.

“How could it be that two 20-year-old children … got out a gun and started shooting men and women in their 70s,” he told the ABC.

“And when they fell to the floor, took out a knife and began stabbing them, and when they run out of bullets began strangling people.

“What brought individuals to do this, how could individuals be so evil?”

Mr Lakin Avni started scouring the web for answers and was horrified by what he identified.

External Link: Facebook post Richard Lakin

“Here you have a chart that was posted on Facebook that showed how to most successfully hit a main vein or artery,” he stated displaying a web page on the net.

“This was posted on Facebook and spread around all over the internet.”

“The quantity of incitement to violence on the internet had got these kids worked up to the point where they run out, take a kitchen knife and go out onto the street and run towards an innocent civilian and try and stab them.”

Not lengthy prior to his death, Richard Lakin, who had taught at a joint Israeli/Palestinian college, wrote this post on Facebook, addressing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu straight: “It’s time to wake up and seek a typical ground with our Palestinian neighbours … stop all provocations in the West Bank.

“Adequate with the non-negotiations that the Israeli and Palestinian public has had to endure throughout your time as PM. Every thing has gotten a lot more extreme.”

Mr Lakin Avni made a certain point of searching for information about the attackers who had killed his father.

“I found that one particular of them had posted on Facebook a few months just before, a sort of general get in touch with to martyrdom, saying, ‘I’m going to grow to be a martyr and get in touch with on all of you to do the same’,” he mentioned.

“I think the argument that social media is just a billboard and they [the social media websites] do not bear responsibility doesn’t carry water since they manage the content they know exactly what I’m undertaking.”

“It is not a difficulty to generate an algorithm to recognise all these videos and hire ten or 20 or even 500 people, if need be, to monitor them and take down the issues which are actual dramatic incitement to violence.”

‘Sentiments on the web a symptom, not the cause’

But sites are proving significantly tougher to manage.

Ahmad Yousef works for Quds media, a web-primarily based Palestinian news service that has more than four million followers.

He said the primary videos on his web site that go viral are the clips that capture what life is like under Israeli occupation.

To claim that Palestinian resistance and Palestinian anger these days and the uprising is only because there is some thing on the internet is simply very superficial and incorrect

Palestinian parliament MP Mustafa Barghouti

“Facebook is not ‘helping’ to incite [violence, like] Israel is accusing,” he told the ABC.

“It assists to bring the image to the individuals — to show them what is taking place.”

But Mr Yousef also publishes photos that do glorify violence against Israelis and he stated he will continue to do so.

“It really is extremely regular, this is the scenario of Palestinian resisting Israel for the past 67 years,” he said.

“It’s my appropriate to treat the freedom fighters as heroes — to contact them heroes.”

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian parliament, said the pictures and sentiments on the internet are only symptoms of the anger, not the cause.

“To claim that Palestinian resistance and Palestinian anger today and the uprising is only because there is one thing on the web is merely quite superficial and incorrect,” he told the ABC.

“There is a lot of Israeli violence against the Palestinian men and women and at the end of the day the question is exactly where is the cause of all of this?

“The major cause is occupation and the continuation of occupation.”

In Jerusalem, Mr Lakin Avni spoke at the Israeli parliament to attempt to get members to introduce legislation that will force Facebook to act.

“My father Richard Lakin, he was a human with a great heart,” he told the meeting.

“As we ask banks to cease transferring funds for terror acts goal, just like we ask the communication organizations to inspect the content material of what they give, so we need to demand from the social media networks actions in order to cease terror acts and incitement.”

He has already had some achievement with Israel’s deputy foreign minister last week meeting with Google and YouTube representatives in Silicon Valley to talk about the issue.

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