PMF calls for cancelling Facebook-Israel agreement

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian Media Forum (PMF) Saturday called on Facebook administration to cancel its agreement signed recently with Israeli government with the aim of restricting Palestinian online activities. The forum said that the agreement supports Israel’s daily war crimes against Palestinians, calling on pro-Palestine activists to interact and follow the removed Palestinian Facebook pages in response to this unprecedented campaign. The forum also called on Facebook administration to reconsider its latest arbitrary measures against Palestinian media institutions’ Facebook pages. In a controversial move, the Israeli government and Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to determine how to tackle “incitement” on social media, aimed primarily at Palestinians. Not long after Facebook’s agreement, several Palestinian pages with millions of followers found themselves closed and administrators locked out, in a move believed to be directly connected to the agreement between Facebook and the Israeli government. By last Friday, however, Palestinian journalists and activists said they had had enough and announced a temporary boycott of Facebook, protesting what they call its complicity in Israeli censorship and posting an upside down Facebook sign as their profile photo.

(Source / 01.10.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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