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Israeli officials have been railing against Facebook since October 2015, when cases emerged of Palestinians stabbing Israelis as part of what some call the “knife intifada.”. Shaked, the justice minister, has met with Facebook officials to pressure them to take action against incitement. In 2015, Facebook took down 431 pieces of content that it said violated harassment laws or denied the Holocaust, which is against the law in Israel. Some of those requests pertain to Palestinians swept up in Israel s dragnet targeting social media users who post messages against Israeli wars and occupation
Brazil s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has led to a standoff with Israel now warning it could downgrade diplomatic relations. The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish settlement movement, did not go down well with Brazil s left-leaning government, which has supported Palestinian statehood in recent years.
Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday that Israeli lobbying was behind a new measure passed by the U.S. Congress that will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for people who have visited Iran or hold Iranian nationality. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday said it was “absurd” that Iran should be included on the list. “Existing sanctions not yet lifted, additional sanctions imposed,” ran the front-page headline of the hardline daily Kayhan on Monday.
Israel’s prime minister insists his country is not heading toward becoming a binational state, rejecting a warning to that effect by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Israel will not be a binational state, but in order to have peace, the other side needs to decide that it wants peace as well.” Kerry warned Israel on Saturday about the dangers of the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority, saying it would lead to a situation that would threaten the security of Israel and the Palestinian people.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom once again lashed out at Israel on Friday, accusing the Jewish state of executing without trial Palestinian Arabs who carried out stabbing attacks in Israel. Wallstrom s comments were made during a 45-minute debate in the Swedish parliament, in which she replied to questions from parliamentarians on Sweden s foreign policy.
When it comes to Jewish terrorism the Shin Bet is either ill-equipped or totally uninterested in preventing attacks against Palestinian civilians. Case in point: according to Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din, there have been 18 cases of arson attacks on Palestinian homes in the West Bank since 2008. This number refers solely to the number of incidents recorded by the organization.
Israel has said it is suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be labelled. After the EU announcement, Netanyahu called it “hypocritical and a double standard”, saying the EU was not taking similar steps in hundreds of territorial conflicts elsewhere in the world.
The Foreign Ministry plans to create a new App to locate the words ‘knife’ and ‘Jew’ on social media as part of its new offensive against Palestinian incitement on the internet. Under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry s communication s department a new office of some eight to ten people, with backgrounds in Arabic and technology, will be set up to counter the wave of incitement against Israel and Jews on social media.
The government shut down two Arabic-language outlets last week, leaving nearly 30 journalists jobless. The Union of Israeli Journalists: “Shutting down media outlets is nearly unheard of in democratic regimes.” As reported on the media watchdog site The Seventh Eye, police and Shin Bet agents raided and shut down the newsroom of veteran newspaper, Sawt al-Haq wa Al-Hurriya, as well as the news website PLS48, while confiscating computers and other equipment.