Facebook removed the page calling for a Third Palestinian Intifada earlier today. Read the ADL's statement, and see links to other coverage.

UPDATE: Facebook Removes Intifada Page

Despite their earlier position to merely “monitor” the Facebook page calling for a Third Intifada, Facebook removed the page earlier today.  Attempts to go to that page now redirect to one’s personal home page.

Here is ADL’s statement praising Facebook’s action:

ADL WELCOMES FACEBOOK DECISION TO  REMOVE ANTI-ISRAEL ‘THIRD INTIFADA’ GROUP

New York, NY, March 29, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the decision by Facebook to remove an anti-Israel cause page calling for a “Third Palestinian Intifada” against the state of Israel and urged the social networking site to vigilantly monitor their pages for other groups that call for violence or terrorism against Jews and Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Facebook’s decision to remove the cause page calling for a “Third Palestinian Intifada” is a welcome development.

We applaud Facebook’s willingness to continue to engage and consider this important question and we deeply appreciate their responsiveness. By taking this action, Facebook has now recognized an important standard to be applied when evaluating issues of non-compliance with its terms of service involving distinctions between incitement to violence and legitimate calls for collective expressions of opinion and action. As it continues to monitor its pages, Facebook should be able to apply this standard in response to complaints about other pages with similar content. We hope that they will continue to vigilantly monitor their pages for other groups that call for violence or terrorism against Jews and Israel.

We look forward to continuing our dialogue with Facebook on issues of mutual concern, including hate speech, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

Here are links to other related articles:

Honest Reporting: Facebook Shuts Down Third Intifada Group

Haaretz: Facebook removes page calling for a ‘Third Palestinian Intifada’

New York Times: Ethical Quandary for Social Sites

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2 comments

  1. Looks like they build another site already:
    https://www.facebook.com/third.palestinian.intifa

  2. what does it matter they removed an intifada page with 350,000 members but what most people dont realize is THERE IS ANOTHER ONE WITH 3.5 MILLION USERS! its still up and they havent removed it..