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.
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.”