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Facebook suspends accounts of PIC staff member


Facebook Administration has suspended the accounts of eight staff members of the Palestinian Information Center (PIC).
PIC provisionally suspended posts on Facebook after the social network site removed seven accounts of its staff members.
PIC extends its apologies to Facebook followers for such a temporary suspension of posts due to censorship by Facebook admin.
PIC page on Facebook is followed by 200,000 Facebookers, who have been seeking for up-to-date pieces of news on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Middle East.
The site’s page on Facebook and Twitter are both dotted with a blue mark, which is a sign of its credibility and professionalism.
A few hours earlier, Facebook administration banned the publication of videos on PIC’s English site.
PIC General-Director Yahya Abu Hassan denounced censorship against the group’s staff members.
The move comes a few weeks after Facebook administration struck a deal with Israel to remove anti-occupation pages and accounts.
Earlier, Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights expressed deep concern over the recent agreement signed by the Israeli government and Facebook administration to restrict freedom of expression.
During the 33rd session of Human Rights Center, the Euro-Mediterranean expressed concern over the new Facebook administration’s restrictions on freedom of expression based on racial discrimination.
A number of online activists also accused the administration of online social networking service Facebook of deliberately suspending their accounts to silence the pro-Palestine pages.

(Source / 13.10.2016)

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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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