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At least 60 Arabs from the Palestinian Authority have been arrested for posting deliberate incitement to violence against Israelis on Facebook, the IDF told the USA Today newspaper this week.

According to the report, 60 suspects have been charged since the outbreak of the current wave of terror that began in October 2015.

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However, the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center disputes that data, and says the number of arrests is closer to 150 in Judea and Samaria; in addition, 250 Israeli Arabs were also arrested, according to the NGO.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told the news outlet, “Incitement to violence on social media is a phenomenon that only recently is gaining traction.

“Following attacks, many assailants have stated that they were directly inspired by incitement on social media, which led them to carry out the attacks.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

13 COMMENTS

  1. … for me a crime is something that causes harm or loss to other people … I am a firm believer in “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” … I’m not sure how this pre-crime program will benefit Israeli society … if these people were giving out weapons and telling to kill people it would be more of a conspiracy to commit a crime … however, saying “I hate you and want you to die” is not enough to put me in prison in my country, the UK and especially not in the USA … why is it such in the enlightened democratic state of Israel? …

  2. … for me a crime is something that causes harm or loss to other people … I am a firm believer in “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” … I’m not sure how this pre-crime program will benefit Israeli society … if these people were giving out weapons and telling to kill people it would be more of a conspiracy to commit a crime … however, saying “I hate you and want you to die” is not enough to put me in prison in my country, the UK and especially not in the USA … why is it such in the enlightened democratic state of Israel? …

  3. … if I tell you to kill someone of your own human free will’s choice and then you go and do it, and then the judge imprisons me with conspiracy to incite and murder – it denies the free will and moral agency of the protagonist who committed the crime … I may have good reasons to incite to kill in self defence or another morally acceptable reason … after all I want the freedom of speech to say ” I hate and want to kill Nazis, and Islamo-fascist bastards that want to kill, harm, dispossess and enslave me and my people … “

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