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UPDATED: Arab Israeli Journalist’s Page Whitewashed by Facebook

Articles were written emblazoned with his picture and a Star of David drawn on his forehead.
Khaled abu Toameh is fearless.

Khaled abu Toameh is fearless.
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover

“Fatah couldn’t stop me, Hamas couldn’t stop me, not even Facebook will stop me from continuing my work,” is what Arab Israeli journalist Khaled abu Toameh told The Jewish Press Tuesday morning, January 15, in a lengthy interview about Facebook’s bizarre treatment of his Facebook page.

In the space of less than 24 hours, abu Toameh’s page was shut down, parts of it were scrubbed, and then it was back, without a word of explanation.  For everyone who breathed a sigh of relief that this journalist hasn’t been censored, who hoped it had just been a glitch – the truth is that something very wrong has happened.  Several articles dealing with corruption in the Palestinian Authority and in the Jordanian intelligence were scrubbed from abu Toameh’s page while his page was hidden from the public.

So, to whom did this happen, what does it mean, and who is behind it?  The Jewish press can answer the first question, speculate about the second question, and share alarm about the third.  Facebook isn’t talking.

Abu Toameh is an Arab Israeli journalist who has written about the Middle East for more than two decades.  He is one of the very few journalists – all of whom may be counted perhaps on the digits of a single finger, and that may be too generous – who cover the Middle East with knowledge, access, integrity and, most of all, fearlessness.

After receiving his degree from Hebrew University, abu Toameh began his journalism career working for several PLO papers.  He soon quit those papers, however, because of the strict leash on what could be written about, and how it could be written.

Seeking unfettered press freedom, abu Toameh began writing for the Jerusalem Post, covering the Arab Palestinians and the disputed territories.   He has also worked as a producer for NBC News, and has produced documentaries for the BBC, as well as Danish, Swedish and Australian media.  He also writes for the Gatestone Institute.

FACEBOOK VIOLATES ITS OWN PRINCIPLES

On Monday, January 14, when Abu Toameh attempted to log on to Facebook, he received this message:

Hello,

You posted an item that violated our Terms of Use, and this item has been removed. Among other things, content that is hateful, threatening, or obscene is not allowed, nor is content that attacks an individual or group. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our Help Center.

The Facebook Team

When he again tried to log on, abu Toameh received notification from Facebook that his account had been removed for “security reasons.”

Where to begin to explain how Facebook shutting down abu Toameh is an affront to truth, is hypocritical and constitutes a loss to freedom of information which is precisely what Facebook is supposed to be about?

But first, what led to the censorship by Facebook.

On January 3, abu Toameh posted on his wall a link to a story he had written detailing examples of government corruption in the Palestinian Authority, “The Palestinian Authority’s Inconvenient Truths.”  After providing concrete examples, abu Toameh wrote:

These are only some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian Authority does not want the outside world to know. Palestinian journalists often avoid reporting about such issues out of concern for their safety or for “ideological” reasons. These journalists have been taught that it is forbidden to hang out the dirty laundry.

Western journalists, funders and decision-makers who deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict need to know that there are many truths being completely ignored or hidden from their eyes and ears.

After posting the article, abu Toameh said, he “received dozens of threats and hate emails, mostly from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., not one from the Palestinian Authority.”  A nasty campaign began of labeling the journalist “Israel’s Palestinian Propagandist,” he received emails telling him his “day will come,” and others claiming he is an “Apartheid supporter.”  That last charge is particularly ironic given that abu Toameh lives in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Articles were written emblazoned with his picture and a Star of David drawn on his forehead, which, he said, “meant I was being ‘targeted.’”  Ironically, because the threats were posted there several times, abu Toameh reported the threats to Facebook. There was no response to his reports.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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11 Responses to “UPDATED: Arab Israeli Journalist’s Page Whitewashed by Facebook”

  1. Tim Upham says:

    Like Taha in the motion picture "Exodus," they hung him and carved a Star of David onto his chest. We obviously have not changed since 1960.

  2. Les Legato says:

    Zuckerberg is a jino. Probably some jihadi stockholder told him to take it down.

  3. Chaiya Eitan says:

    This was attributed to an 'error' – yeah…right….this whole thing stinks….worse than yesterday's catch from the Kinneret.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    Hmmm…maybe I'm next, but no one at FBook has an axe to grind against me…yet ;-).

  5. Don Mcglaun says:

    Strangely enough, last month I complained to facebook about a couple of 'hate' sites that went unchecked in their tirade against Israel and the Jews. Their response was that they could find nothing wrong with the pages. However, this reporter was sanctioned for apparently much less provocative language that happened to be a true story. Rave on facebook!

  6. Don Mcglaun says:

    Strangely enough, last month I complained to facebook about a couple of 'hate' sites that went unchecked in their tirade against Israel and the Jews. Their response was that they could find nothing wrong with the pages. However, this reporter was sanctioned for apparently much less provocative language that happened to be a true story. Rave on facebook!

  7. Grace Acosta says:

    Every time abu Toameh writes an article, it needs to be posted to OUR facebook pages, cross posted to friends, and tweeted. Spread the word, he cannot be silenced!

  8. Jane Smith says:

    Until the Jihadists and those sympathetic to them are removed from the US Government, this kind of crap will continue. There definitely needs to be an alternative to Facebook.

  9. God bless you for your fearless work in truth.

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