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February 10, 2016 / 1 Adar I, 5776

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Shurat Hadin Proves Facebook Likes Palestinian Incitement [video]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

(JNi.media) The NGO Shurat Hadin-The Israel Law Center on Monday reported on an experiment it ran which proves unequivocally that Facebook has different standards for Palestinian and Israeli hate.

The experiment began with two fictitious Facebook pages, one spewing anti-Israeli hatred, the other anti-Palestinian. Except that when they filed complaints with Facebook online, Facebook went ahead and closed down the anti-Palestinian page, while the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish page is still alive and well and spewing away. The video the organization put together uses the mirror images of the two pages to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Facebook has an anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian bias. Shurat Hadin is suing Facebook for just this kind of bias.

Shurat Hadin said in a statement that it plans to use the results of this entertaining experiment as part of the lawsuit it has filed against Facebook in a New York court, in which the organization accuses Facebook of allowing Islamist radicals to openly recruit and train terrorists and plan terror attacks on its pages.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of Shurat Hadin, said in a statement, “Facebook’s management is required to act immediately against the blatant incitement being waged for years against Jews and Israelis in the social network it owns and manages. The in-depth investigation we conducted proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that [Facebook’s] claims of equality in the face of its conduct against any individual or group of people are at best erroneous and false in the worst case.”

She added: “It cannot be that in 2015 a publicly traded commercial company will carry out a racist policy which so blatantly discriminates in favor of any party. The investigation we conducted proves that indeed there is bias in favor of one political party and against Israelis and Jews in particular. Jews and Israelis around the world should be very concerned over the results of the investigation and understand that the most famous social network in the world is working actively in favor of the Palestinians.”

Three Cops Visit, Warn Man Who Protested Duma Detainees’ Incarceration on Facebook

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) The protest over the torture of detainees in the Duma village arson case is probably getting to the security forces, who on Tuesday sent three officers to visit the director of the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem, Shlomo Bashan. Bashan is married to musician / journalist Karni Eldad, daughter of former MK Aryeh Eldad and granddaughter of the late philosopher and Likud leader Israel Eldad (whose 20th yahrzeit is coming up January 2016). The three cops came down to Bashan’s home in Tekoa, Gush Etzion, to warn him about his recent post on Facebook:

“I will not let this story go under my radar,” Bashan wrote last week. “This coming Saturday (if the boys are not released by then) I will go to Petakh Tikva, to the Shabak facility’s interrogation cellars where the child is imprisoned… I will stand in front of the Shabak building and will try to break in physically, perhaps even by force, to free that child from the hands of his tormentors. That’s what I would do if it was my child. I assume I would be arrested, but I would be doing my duty. If thousands join me, it could strengthen the struggle, at least the struggle over awareness.”

Bashan’s previous encounter with the Shabak was in 2007, two years after the evacuation of Gush Katif, where he lived. After being removed from Gush Katif, he worked as an armed security guard in Jerusalem and spoke strongly against the Prime Minister. After the evacuation, Bashan’s father suffered two heart attacks, and Bashan was heard to say, according to a report on Channel 10 News, “If my dad had not survive the heart attack I was going to take revenge. I was going to kill everyone who uprooted him.” Bashan suffered serious emotional issues at the time and at some point even left his associates a letter titled “I’m going to die, bye.” He later overcame his anger and published a book of poetry about his experiences. Bashan was interrogated by the Shabak back in 2007 as part of the preparation for the Annapolis conference, when security around Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was tightened, for fear that extremists would try to assassinate him.

Bashan wrote Tuesday night on Facebook: “Today three plainclothes policemen came to my home to warn me about a post I wrote on Facebook. I thanked them respectfully for their contribution, expressed my support for their activities on behalf of the security of Israel and condemned all forms of terrorism, and then warned them in return. You don’t torture children to get them to confess in an interrogation. You don’t come to my house to scare me because I cried out in pain and called for protest. Not in a democratic country.”

Bashan continued: “Knowledgeable sources familiar with the judiciary system believe that I was not the only one who received a warning today. Bennett also received a warning call from the prime minister, and immediately issued a post supporting the Shabak.”

“I guess the torture of the children is about to fade from the media coverage. The Shabak was startled by the protest but did not give in, and very soon one of the kids will confess to some murder, no matter what, and a well publicized indictment will be issued against him. Likud and NRP (the precursor to Bayit Yehudi) have turned their backs on the tortured children, most of whom will be released in the coming days,” Bashan wrote.

Bayit Yehudi’s Yinon Magal Announces Resignation from Knesset

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Knesset member Yinon Magal of the Bayit Yehudi party has announced he will resign from his post due to allegations of sexual harassment. Magal has already resigned as head of his party’s faction in the Knesset.

Magal informed party chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett – who is currently in the United States – of his intentions. He added that he is sure he is not liable for criminal charges, but understands that people were hurt by his behavior.

Bennett has expressed his support for the move, and issued a statement saying: “I hope the process he is in will end as quickly as possible so he can be dedicated to his family and continue on his way.”

Allegations surfaced last week on social media that Magal had made unwanted advances to a writer for Walla! News after resigning from his post as editor-in-chief at the website last year. The incident came to light after the writer wrote a detailed Facebook post about it.

“First of all, I want to apologize,” Magal said in a statement last Tuesday. “There are things that were said between friends before I became a Knesset member and I would not repeat them today. I want to ask for forgiveness from anyone I hurt. At the same time, I would expect that a friend who I hurt to tell me, and not to turn to shaming on social media.”

Some of the comments Magal reportedly said at the “goodbye party” held for him when he left the website for politics, as described by the writer, were quite explicit.

Magal has not yet officially resigned from the Knesset. Police are beginning to launch an investigation into the allegations, however, under the direct supervision of the head of Assistant Chief Meni Yitzchaki, head of the Investigations and Intelligence Branch of Israel Police.

Fatah Facebook Inciting Murder of Gershon Mesika

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) On Sunday morning, a female terrorist was attempting to stab a girl in the bus station at the junction of the Samaria Regional Brigade, when former Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika noticed the incident and drove his car in her direction to try and stop her. Mesika’s car ran into a ditch after hitting the terrorist. At that point, according to Elyakim Gross from Itamar, he, Gross, shot two bullets into the terrorist’s body, and a soldier who had rushed over also shot her twice.

The “official Fatah” Facebook page offered an entirely different narrative:

“What happened at Hawara checkpoint. A witness said that Ashraqat Taha, 16-years-old, she wanted to cross the street near the barrier as a BMW vehicle run over her and then a settler got out from his car, his name is Mesika, the Chairman of the Council of Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank ,and he opened fire directly on the girl and then the Israeli soldiers came to the scene of the shooting and fired 10 bullets on the girl, Later they found that the girl was carrying a bag with her own laptop and then throw the knife next to her.”

Two radically different narratives, except the first one is supported by at least four eyewitness reports cited widely in Israeli media, and the second one cites an anonymous witness. And there’s the terrorist’s father, Taha Qatanani, who told a Palestinian news agency (see Google-translated page):

“Thank God my daughter has done what needs to be done … I am proud of every one of [my children].”

He also said his daughter constantly asked about current events, and was always asking her mother for “the best knives in the house.” (H/T Elder of Zion).

Not enough, apparently, to convince the official Fatah Facebook page, which published a picture of Gershon Mesika with crosshairs, urging people to assassinate him.

JNi.media complained to Facebook about the offending image, which was accompanied by the caption: “Killer of 16-year-old Girl at the checkpoint.”

Meanwhile, the same Fatah official Facebook page announced that “The Ministry of Health officially announces the martyrdom of the girl Ashraqat Taha, 16, years of Nablus (Shechem) near the Hawara checkpoint.”

JNi.media Received this response from Facebook to our complaint:

“We reviewed your report of ‎حركة التحرير الوطني الفلسطيني ” فتح “/الصفحة الرسمية‎’s photo.

“Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the photo you reported for containing graphic violence and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

Update: The incitement to murder post has now been removed.

The Epidemic of Arab Terror and its Cure

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

When everyone began trying to understand the waves of Arab violence and terror hitting Israel, all sorts of explanations were proposed.

Personally, I’m sticking with simple bloodlust, as I’ve pointed out before.

Yes, there is the Islamic and Arab cultural baggage that fuels their fervor, but it’s always been bloodlust that sends them over the edge, moving from slogans to concrete actions.

But the other question is, what ignites this Sudden Jihad Syndrome, where repeatedly, a middle-class Arab from Jerusalem or other Israeli cities, wakes up and decides to stab a Jew or run him or her over?

I’m pointing out that the terrorists are middle-class Arabs for a reason.

The Arab scholar Bassam Tawil began looking into the family lives of these terrorists. He visited their homes and discovered that they didn’t live in poverty, they weren’t uneducated people, they weren’t jobless.

In Tawil’s words, they were “leading comfortable lives, with unlimited access to education and work.” They were from normative, middle class Arab homes.

Most were educated, popular, good-looking, had jobs, and their families are stable and financially secure members of their communities.

So what drives a normal, middle-class Arab young man or woman to suddenly wake up, take a knife out of his mother’s kitchen and get in his car to go kill Jews?

Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” has been on my mind for a while now (I don’t have a copy in front of me, someone borrowed it and didn’t return it). Gladwell talks about “epidemics” and what makes them happen – what is the impetus that “jolts” a stable situation out of equilibrium – in our case, a low level of violence, to almost daily stabbings and vehicular attacks by a particular kind of person, who might otherwise sit next to you on the bus or light rail on the way to work, or serve you in the store or restaurant you frequent.

What triggered my memory is a story Gladwell tells in his book of a suicide epidemic that hit Micronesia, also known as the Werther effect. It is a spike and cluster of suicides in a community that follow a well-publicized suicide.

Wikipedia describe it as:

The Werther effect not only predicts an increase in suicide, but the majority of the suicides will take place in the same or a similar way as the one publicized. The more similar the person in the publicized suicide is to the people exposed to the information about it, the more likely the age group or demographic is to die by suicide. The increase generally happens only in areas where the suicide story was highly publicized. Upon learning of someone else’s suicide, many people decide that action is appropriate for them as well, especially if the publicized suicide was of someone in a similar situation as them.

There’s another similar epidemic, now called the Columbine effect, where the killers idealize the original massacre, try to duplicate it, and more so, try to improve upon it to reach it’s idealized form as they imagine it.

I can’t imagine a more fitting description for what we are facing in Israel.

An Arab runs some Jews over, gets out of the car and then tries to stab the Jews, the Arab terrorist is then shot and killed, or alternatively, an Arab takes his mother’s knife, walks around, stabs a Jew, the terrorist is then shot and killed. The story gets elaborated on, that the Jews planted the knife, or the breaks failed. The video/photo/story is then posted to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

Attack. Kill. Post. Watch. Repeat.

One of the proposed solutions in communities where these suicide epidemics hit, is for the local media to stop reporting the incidents, and that helps end the epidemic. Of course, in the age of social media, that’s damn near impossible, so the situation just feeds on itself, until some other factor changes, and it peters out.

Gladwell discusses three possible areas of change: the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context.

The Law of the Few: These are the trend-setters that first start an idea and the social connectors who get the idea out to their wider group of friends and followers.

The Stickiness Factor: This is the slogan. A contagious message connected to the act that keeps the act in mind. It could be some minor tweak to a well-worn message that suddenly gives it impact and for some reason turns it into an earworm that won’t get out of your head.

The Power of Context: This is what you see around you. People act and react based on the physical and social environmental cues around them. Our current situation fits this formula (and the previous waves fit similar formulas).

The Arabs see cool, middle-class Arabs suddenly getting up and killing a Jew using one of two easy methods, the youth gets killed, it gets posted on the internet by key social media connectors, and then widely distributed and watched – the Law of the Few.

The Arabs link the attacks to a slogan – in this wave’s case, the Jews are changing the status quo (which every time Netanyahu says that he isn’t, but uses those words, he triggers them even more). A second message has also developed which is “the Jews planted the knife” – The Stickiness Factor.

And finally, the Arab community hears repeatedly from their imams and in their mosques, on social media and at home, how the Jews are executing innocent Arabs and planting knives near their bodies, and they must defend Al Aqsa which the Jews are destroying. The returned bodies get a hero’s funerals. Other terrorists get streets and schools named after them by the PA government, and their jailed terrorists get healthy salaries. Those are the constant environmental cues around them, telling them that Arabs must take action against the Jews, and it’s OK and even heroic to do so – the Power of Context.

These three rules defining what pushes an act over the tipping point, turning it into an epidemic, can perhaps also provide clues on how to end the epidemic.

The Law of the Few: We have four “guilty parties” in this case, the people videoing the events, the people posting the videos to the “right” groups and pages, the social media platforms and the newspapers. You can’t have newspapers not report the latest terrorist attack, but perhaps they could be less gruesome about their reporting. Similarly, the popular social media platforms and video sharing platforms could be told to block and remove the videos. But alternative social-sharing platforms will just pop-up or become popular, if the current ones start restricting usage.

One could go after the people making and posting the videos, but again, it’s a widespread phenomena.

So we may be stuck with limited ability to affect this rule, but it’s worth looking into, nonetheless.

The Stickiness Factor: The message is the message. Proving it false clearly doesn’t work, and in fact even antagonizes them more, perhaps due to the cognitive dissonance it evinces.

We may be stuck with no ability to change their message, and the best move is to not even discuss it, or try to react to it – Netanyahu should not have even talked about the status quo or the Temple Mount.

The Power of Context: The environment is something we actually can change and affect.

If no terrorist bodies are returned, they can’t hold public celebrations.

If imams are inciting hatred and publicly repeating the message then isolate and arrest them.

If the messages are being transferred through social media and video sharing platforms, then identify those audiences most likely to be affected and temporarily shut down access, ranging from WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube, to internet and cellular access in specific neighborhoods and phones until things calm down.

When Israel put up the temporary wall in Jeruslaem and threatened to revoke residency rights from the terrorists and their families, that changed the environment, and caused those who understood what that meant for their lives to influence and control those family members more susceptible to the terror meme.

Israel disrupted the environment.

Israel non-violently forced the families to change the conversation. They still hate Jews, and they aren’t any less scared of dying, but the conversation now also says there’s too high a price to pay for heroically acting on the terror, and the rest of the family would suffer unacceptably.

A comparable price tag can be found for the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, which would similarly disrupt the conversational environment that provides positive context for the attacks.

We’re facing an epidemic of terror.

But now that we understand it, we have the tools to control it and keep it in check, if we’re prepared to use them.

Israeli Anti-Facebook Price Tag Campaign Graffiti: ‘Blood On Your Hands’

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Operation Price Tag against Facebook Israel was carried out in the early AM Sunday, by Rotem Gaz, aka “Mark Zuckerberg Israel,” Mizbala.com reported. Gaz sprayed red graffiti and attached sticky labels reading “Blood on your hands” on some of the walls of 22 Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, where the offices of Facebook in Israel reside. Facebook Israel CEO Adi Soffer Teeni last March rented four whole floors in the prestigious building.

Facebook Israel with the red Price Tag graffiti

Facebook Israel with the red Price Tag graffiti. Photo credit: 21.7K קראו

Rotem Gaz is well known in the corridors of the global Facebook management, after, back in December 2011, he had changed his name legally to Mark Zuckerberg, as part of a campaign designed to undermine Facebook’s lawsuit against him for allegedly peddling “likes” and other services at variance with the juggernaut social network regulations. The threat of a publicity blowout for the Zuckerberg V. Zuckerberg court case worked, and Facebook dropped the lawsuit.

Now Gaz the Terrible is back with yet another campaign against his favorite social network, in view of the widespread wave of incitement taking place on Facebook, with Arab terrorists calling for the murder of Israelis and Jews. In recent weeks a wave of terror has taken over the social network, with hundreds of thousands of pages of incitement to harm Israeli citizens and Jews worldwide—unimpeded by Facebook’s clear standards that forbid such presentations.

It appears that the social network representative in Israel is choosing to ignore the incitement violators and disclaims any responsibility for such displays. Last Thursday Mizbala.com published a recording made by Israel Hayom reporters and other media organizations in Israel, who turned to Facebook’s PR staff as well as to the CEO herself, and were dismissed, their questions were ignored, and at one point they were hung up on.

Despite repeated reports by hundreds of thousands of Israelis, demanding the removal of pages promoting hate and violence, Facebook in most cases allows this content to remain online unmolested, and sometimes removes arbitrarily and without explanation content by Israeli users who try to fight incitement.

A case in point: Liat Alon, a popular Facebook user, like many Israelis received death threats during the first week in October, 2015. A Chat note sent to Alon by a Hamas operator said (Numerous Hebrew mistakes corrected): “Today I will be in your home and your family will burn. Palestine is our land and we have the right to live here or we’ll burn here. We’ve waited for this hour, and it is time already to meet and send you to Hell.”

The response status from Alon read: “The men of today are so aggressive.” The status earned 5,000 likes and hundreds of shares, and then something weird happened, reflecting what happens when Facebook uses robots to monitor its pages: Alon’s truly funny message was removed by Facebook, because it did not meet the social network’s community standards, and her page was blocked for 24 hours—while the perpetrator who openly threatened her life, part of hundreds of thousands of profiles, real and fake, continues to operate freely.

Gaz issued a message saying: “As long as Facebook maintains its refusal to remove pages that incite to the murder of Israelis and Jews, the blood of the victims will be in its head and the heads of its managers. This post was sprayed on the wall of Facebook’s Tel Aviv offices by the Israeli Mark Zuckerberg and its meaning is clear: stop the aid and the stage you provide inciters and maybe it will help to reduce the flames, Keep refusing to remove the pages of hatred, and the victims’ blood will be on your head.”

Facebook Refusing to Delete Arab Hate Messages

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Blogger DoubleTapper (Blogging from Israel on Guns, Weapons, Militaria, Defense, and Homeland Security) reported receiving on October 12 an unpleasant, unsolicited message from a Facebook user named مليون مطالب لإغلاق السفارة الصهيونية في الاردن, which, according to Google Translate means, curiously enough, “Millions demand closure of the Zionist embassy in Jordan.”

The Arabic opening paragraph urged readers to send this message to the pages of soldiers and settlers. The message enclosed was in atrociously bad Hebrew, which is common in Hamas-generated messages, where the hate is visceral, but the syntax stinks. The following translation, then only provides the gist and doesn’t do the near-illiterate text justice:

“Zionist enemy. In the name of the resistance cell in the occupied territories.

“Thanks to God and thanks to our experts, who prepared a [not clear] that exposes the website as soon as a person open to the message.

“We will send you, Jew, resistant uniforms that stab the Jew (very difficult to discern what theis means). Or we’ll kill one of your family members identified on your site.

“We have prepared for this uprising in recent years, to fight with you.

“There’s no hiding, fleeing will not spare you.”

“I reported it to Facebook,” DoubleTapper wrote in an email to JewishPress.com. “They said it’s not a violation of their community standards. I subsequently received a slew of private messages threatening me, all directly quoting the post.”

DoubleTapper continued: “I carefully documented All of the above and shared with my 300k Facebook fans who reported the offending page and post to Facebook. They all received the same response as I did.”

Which leads him to the conclusion that “Facebook is dangerous and slanted against Jews.”

We checked the Facebook Community Standards section, and it states clearly:

“We remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.” Is it possible that the atrocious grammar skills of the Jordanians dispensing death threats made it difficult for the Facebook execs to take action? Could this, possibly, be a new approach for terrorists: you can get away with hate messages, as long as they’re misspelled and hard to figure out?

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