A few days it was widely reported that Fatah had their Facebook page closed down, due to the “campaign the social media platform is carrying out against accounts that promote violence.”
It was apparently all because of one photo of arch terrorist Yasser Arafat with a rifle.
Munir Jaghoub, a spokesman of Fatah’s Mobilization and Organization commissariat, told The Jerusalem Post that he believes Facebook closed the account because of a historic photo of former PA president Yasser Arafat grasping a rifle, while standing alongside Fatah Vice Chairman Mahmoud al-Aloul.
“Facebook closed the account and then sent us a message of that photo,” Jaghoub said in a phone call, adding that Facebook had sent three warning messages with attachments of other photos over the past several months.
I am not sure why that was the post that broke the camel’s back so to speak – given the plethora of posts glorifying hate and violence – but there you go.
But not for long.
And sure enough, the page is there, with the Fatah logo prominently on display.
Apparently, the rifles and glorification of violence in the logo are ok with Facebook, as are the other posts doing so, as well as inciting hatred, which still appear there. For example:
صورة للاخ المناضل عباس زكي عضو اللجنة المركزية لحركة فتح
But none of this should be surprising. Facebook is a safe space for terrorists and antisemites, but not so for pro-Israel pages. Heck, I have personally been blocked from Facebook for days because I linked to my blog posts on antisemites and terror supporters.
If I look at the glass half-full, at least Fatah (with Facebook’s help) is making it easier for people like me to prove they really are terrorists who want Israel’s destruction.