ASIDE from everything else, how otherworldly is it to finally confirm: Social media’s giant platforms are FULLY in the jihadi camp! Not only that, they have the unmitigated gall to absolve themselves from responsibility, when calls for genocide are housed at their sites. Oh really?? Facebook, in particular, would have us believe that brilliant algorithms, which flag and filter everything else they deem ‘inappropriate’ and in violation of their terms of service, are magically unworkable when Islamic exhortations to “kill the Jews” flood their sites! Whom are they kidding? Atop it all, they bandy about the cherished western principle of ‘freedom of speech/expression’, when all else fails.
Commentary By Adina Kutnicki
(“We salute the Facebook Jihad, Twitter Jihad and Whatsapp Jihad.”)
BEFORE we proceed, let’s set some basic parameters and clear boundaries: This site will not tolerate any conflation between the all important underpinning of civilized nations, freedom of speech/expression, with the ‘right’ of others to incite to genocide via this same freedom. Dangerous, dangerous immoral inversion.
INDEED, as most rational folks internalize, civilized societies adhere to limits. In fact, NO ethical, moral or legal bases exist which underlie ‘equal’ rights and protections for those who incite to genocide, in juxtaposition to those who rightfully speak out against said inciters to genocidal jihad! Yes, to accede as much is to agree to live in a topsy turvy universe.
NOT only that, a concomitant rallying cry to destroy another nation should be an ethical, moral and legal boundary, one which should never to be crossed by civilized individuals. A slippery slope. More pointedly, what about political leaders and the so-called ‘fourth estate’ – including social media giants – who hide under the umbrella of freedom of speech/expression and act in the service of radical revolutionary political agendas and ideological sympathies?
EFFECTIVELY, unless one is living in Orwell’s universe, whereby there is no diff between good and evil; whereby killers and victims are ‘equals’; whereby the ‘norm’ is an immoral equivalence across the board, then, and only then, the same freedom of speech/expression should be granted to inciters of genocide and those who are its victims.
ALAS, this site has made itself abundantly clear vis-a-vis the above. Still yet, before we segue to the crimes – yes, they are crimes – relative to social media giants, it is imperative to hear from one who is deemed an expert among experts by many esteemed professionals; international law Professor Louis Rene Beres. Mind you, he is this investigative journalist’s mentor in the legal arena, as documented here.
SO among a HUGE compendium of professional work, the following is gleaned via his documented footnotes, specifically, # 2: ‘Genocide, Death and Anxiety: A Jurisprudential/Psychiatric Analysis‘ –
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, opened for signature, December 9, 1948, entered into force, January 12, 1951, 78 U.N.T.S. 277. Although the criminalizing aspect of international law that proscribes genocide‑like conduct may derive from a source other than the Genocide Convention (i.e. it may emerge from customary international law and be included in different international conventions), such conduct is dearly a crime under international law. Even where the conduct in question does not affect the interests of more than one state, it becomes an international crime whenever it constitutes an offense against the world community delicto ius gentium. See M.C. Bassiouni, International Criminal Law: A Draft International Criminal Code 30‑44 (1980). See also Bassiouni, “The Penal Characteristics of Conventional International Criminal Law,” 15 Case W. Res. J. Int’l 27‑37 (1983).
IN this regard, social media giants – with the leader of the pack being Facebook, followed by Twitter, Whatsapp and Youtube – are ‘guilty as charged’, even though appearing to be untouchable.
“Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo,” by by Joshua Levitt, Algemeiner, July 25, 2014:
A violent mob of more than a dozen men in France assaulted a Jew at his home in a Paris suburb after confirming that his photograph had been published by a French Facebook page identifying Jews to be targeted for physical intimidation, The Union of Jewish Students of France, the UEJF, said in a statement on Friday.
The Facebook page, ‘Jeunes Révolutionnaires Français’, JRF, or ‘Young French Revolutionaries’,posted the names and photos of 32 Jews. The assault on one of those listed took place on Thursday night in Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis, a Paris suburb. The assailants were armed with iron bars.
On the ‘Secret Tel Aviv’ Facebook page, Daniel Cohen called the group anti-Semitic, and exhorted Facebook users to report the JRF page to site administrators for removal.
On Facebook, Cohen wrote, “An anti-Semitic page is publishing names and pictures of French Jews in order to target them physically! A few have already been attacked at their homes, one last night by 15 people on one Jewish guy. We need to remove this page!”
The JRF captioned its page with the photos of the Jews to be targeted, “Smile, you’re caught! JRF watches! # AntiLDJ,” referring to the LDJ, the French initials of the Jewish Defense League, an organization created to teach Jews how to defend themselves from anti-Semitic attacks.
The title page of the group’s Facebook presence features a large Palestinian flag and calls for members to attend a rally on Saturday in connection with the international Al Quds Day protests around the world where police are preparing for violence against Jews.
The UEJF said three men went to the victim’s house and asked him, “Are you the guy in the photo on Facebook?”
They then said they were there to “break the Jew” and do to him “the same as Ilan Halimi,” a 23-year-old who was kidnapped and tortured for 24 days by a gang led by Youssouf Fofana, described by The Jewish Chronicle as, “the extraordinarily cruel, Paris-born fifth of seven children of immigrants from the Ivory Coast.”
Halimi was found naked, handcuffed and bound to a tree near a railway station in February, 2006, and his body had been mutilated. Still alive, he died on the way to hospital. Halimi’s murder was made into a movie by French Jewish film director Alexandre Arcady entitled, 24 jours: la vérité sur l’affaire Ilan Halimi, or “24 Days: The Truth About the Ilan Hamili Affair,” inspired by a book with a similar title written by the victim’s mother, Ruth.
In Bobigny, after they confirmed him to be the Jew in the photo, the three men werejoined by 15 more, armed with iron bars, who assaulted the victim, the UEJF said. When another resident in the building appeared, the men fled the scene.
The UEJF said: “For several days, many Facebook pages have been created to encourage physical violence against young Jews. Photos were published, with the identities, phone numbers, and contact information. This young man was directly affected by such a Facebook page. It is unacceptable that the Jews are the target of Facebook calls to murder.”
The UEJF said it will file a complaint against the administrators of the Facebook page for incitement to racial hatred and incitement to violence.
In the French media, the LDJ has been blamed for calling for a strong reaction by Jews threatened with violence over the past two weeks since Israel began its Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas’s rocket fire from Gaza.
But Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF, the umbrella organization representing the Jewish community in France, told The Daily Beast on Friday that was not instigating further violence, and those accusations were beside the point.
“We had eight synagogues being attacked,” he said. “I am worried about the fact that synagogues are being attacked and not worried about these self-defense groups.”
PARADOXICALLY, it is due to their gargantuan sizes that they have a concomitant responsibility to rein in jiihadi incitement at their platforms. On the other hand, it is this same bigness which renders them seemingly immune to accountability. Not so fast.
AS many have already become aware, an Israeli ‘legal eagle’, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, a ‘rock star’ in Zionist circles – as well as respected by her peers for her ability to hold countless feet to the fire in a worldwide arena – has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, and 20,000 Israelis have signed on as plaintiffs. You go girl!!
Twenty thousand Israelis have brought a class-action lawsuit against Facebook in New York requiring the social media giant to immediately remove all Palestinian Facebook posts inciting attacks against Jews.
The plaintiffs allege that Facebook has failed in its “legal and moral” obligation to monitor and remove Facebooks posts — including videos and cartoons — inciting hatred towards Jews and calling for deadly attacks against Israelis.
Haaretz reports that the suit, filed late on Sunday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn by 20,000 Israelis, with the Israeli-American Richard Lankin as lead plaintif, argues that Facebook’s refusal to stop the flood of incitement to violence and murder on its online platform is endangering the lives of Israelis.
According to the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center in a news release issued on Monday, Facebook posts calling for Palestinians to attack Jews are inspiring deadly attacks against innocent Israeli civilians. Social media posts calling on Palestinians to stage attacks against Israelis are “spurring on the terrorist attacks against Israelis in the past month,” the suit claims.
While acknowledging the “need to keep the web free,” the suit argues that being a publicly traded company that “wields tremendous power,” Facebook has the responsibility to act to stop extremists using its online platform to incite others criminal acts.
According to the complaint, despite the fact that Facebook employs sophisticated algorithm that is able to “monitor and block postings by extremists and terrorists urging violence,” Facebook has allowed its platform to be used to “connect inciters to terrorists… to perpetrate stabbings and other… attacks against Israelis.”
“Facebook’s algorithms and platform connects inciters to terrorists who are further encouraged to perpetrate stabbings and other violence attacks against Israelis.”
The suit alleges that many Palestinian attackers “were motivated to commit their heinous crimes by incitement to murder they read on Facebook — demagogues and leaders exhorting their followers to ‘slaughter the Jews,’ and offering instruction as to the best manner to do so, including even anatomical charts showing the best places to stab a human being.”
Challenging past precedent that protects Internet services from liability for third party posts, the complaint argues that Facebook has a “legal and moral obligation” to monitor and delete content that contains incitement to murder because its social media platform is “far from a neutral or passive social media platform and cannot claim it is a mere bulletin board for other parties’ postings.”
The 20,000 Israeli plaintiffs are seeking an injunction requiring Facebook to “immediately remove all pages, groups and posts containing incitement to murder Jews; to actively monitor its website for such incitement that all incitement is immediately removed prior to being disseminated to masses of terrorists and would-be terrorists; and to cease serving as matchmaker between terrorists, terrorist organizations, and those who incite others to commit terrorism.”
The suit is not seeking monetary compensation for damages, although the lead plaintiff, 76-year-old Richard Lankin, remains in a critical condition in a Jerusalem hospital following an attack in which he suffered multiple knife wounds and a gunshot wound to the head.
The attack against commuters in a Jerusalem bus on October 13 was staged by Palestinians armed with knives and guns. Two people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the attack.
Although most of the other plaintiffs have not suffered an attack, they claim in the suit that the incitement on Facebook is endangering their lives and that because of it they are living “in the crosshairs of a murderous terrorist rampage carried out by killers who attack people with knives, axes, screwdrivers, cars and Molotov cocktails for no reason other than that the attacker perceives the victims to be Jewish.”
According to Hareetz, the 76-page complaint was prepared by “attorney Robert Tolchin (New York), Asher Perlin (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, with the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center.”
Haaretz notes that Palestinian youths and militant organizations have a strong presence on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. The Israeli news site quotes an Associated Press report which says that millions of Palestinians follow the social media accounts of the Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Network and Islamic Jihad-affiliated Quds News Network.
The class-action lawsuit follows eruption of violence in Israel involving attacks by Palestinians armed mostly with knives and handguns. About 10 Israelis have been killed in the attacks while 50 Palestinians have died.
Many of the 50 Palestinians were assailants killed during or after attacks.
AS always, there is no time, nor inclination, to rework the wheel, so to speak. Thus, let us take a page out of history’s most prescient quotes, in so far as its implications couldn’t be more applicable.
“First They Came for the Jews”
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
INTRINSICALLY, whether or not one is Jewish is beside the point, when it comes to Islamic exhortations to genocide. Basically, whereas countless will shrug their shoulders at social media’s mega forums to “kill the Jews”, said incitement is played out – again and again – against the Christian community on a multiplicity of levels.
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