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After six months of a terror wave comprised mainly of “lone wolves,” individuals who decide on the spur of the moment to go out and kill Jews, making it impossible for security forces to identify them in advance — it appears that Israel’s security apparatus has come up with a solution, Channel 10 News reported Sunday. In fighting terrorism it is crucial to receive early warnings about upcoming attacks, and Shabak, in collaboration with Military Intelligence and the IDF Central Command, has managed to develop an algorithm which responds to incitement key words — mostly in Facebook posts.

Israeli security forces report that dozens of potential attacks have been prevented or foiled in mid-execution relying on the new method.

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It appears that the inspiration for the algorithm came from the PA security apparatus, which has been keeping watch on the social networks to arrest dozens of potential attackers. But while Israel arrests and punishes the terrorist wannabes, the PA only issues them warnings.

Israeli leftwing media have been complaining since last October that the IDF prosecutor in Judea and Samaria has been processing numerous cases in which the indictments came down to catching the accused in sharing the picture of a shahid (martyr). Addameer, an NGO defending Arab prisoners’ affairs and human rights, cited as many as 150 cases brought in since October, where the sole, or central charge has been incitement over social networks.

Monther Abu Ahmed, a lawyer representing Arab terrorists before the military court in Ofer security prison, has been complaining about the sharp rise in these indictment, saying that “prior to October we almost never saw such cases, but in recent months we’ve been seeing more and more of them.”

Naturally, the leftwing media and the attorneys for the accused are enraged about this assault on their clients’ right to free speech, but it also means that the Israeli security forces, with the support of the military prosecutor, have decided to disregard those rights in favor of defending lives. It’s something democracies do when they come under terrorist threats.

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David writes news at JewishPress.com.

10 COMMENTS

  1. If such a case came before an American court and the judge didn't laugh it out, the jury certainly would. It isn't and shouldn't be a crime to share pictures. Could the author cite one instance where a democracy did that even when facing terrorist threats? We must be on guard against letting the enemy turn "us" into "them." Use the algorithm to identify varmints, then follow them, catch them in an ACT, and then shoot them dead.

  2. Incitement certainly sould not be considered free speech… and in past cases even free speech wasn't considered free speech.

    In World War 2 Britain, there was a famous catchphrase, 'Loose talk costs lives.' You weren't allowed to talk about troop movements or any sort of military activity, even if it was simply, 'My Tom says he's off to Normandy next week.' Because that talk might filter through and alert German defences… thus costing soldiers' lives. So everyone kept schtum.

    If it was me, I'd sent an S019 squad (that's the fully armed anti-terorist unit) round to every keyboard warrior as soon as they typed the terms apartheid, genocide or ethnic cleansing in relation to Israel. Because those buzz words alone might incite a young Palestinian teen to grab a knife and do the worst.

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