March 24, 2011
Remove intifada page, Edelstein asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg
An Israeli government minister has called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to remove a page calling for a third Palestinian intifada.
Yuli Edelstein, minister of diplomacy and Diaspora affairs, in a letter sent Wednesday called Zuckerberg’s attention to the Facebook page “Third Palestinian Intifada,” which calls for a third Palestinian uprising to begin May 15. The page, which has more than 230,000 friends, includes quotes and film clips calling for killing Jews and Israelis, and for “liberating” Jerusalem and Palestine using violence.
“As Facebook’s CEO and founder, you are obviously aware of the site’s great potential to rally the masses around good causes, and we are all thankful for that,” Edelstein wrote. “However, such potential comes hand in hand with the ability to cause great harm, such as in the case of the wild incitement displayed on the above-mentioned page.”