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Facebook Closes Hamas Leader’s Account

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The wave of violence that has gripped Israel since last fall has often been spurred and encouraged via social media. The Jerusalem Post's Adam Rasgon reports that Facebook - claiming its commitment to combating incitement on its website - has closed the account of one of Hamas' terrorist leaders:

Facebook closed Hamas Politburo member and Khaled Meshaal confidante Ezzat al-Rishq's Facebook account for the seventh time on Tuesday.

Rishq condemned the closing of his account, tweeting, "I condemn Facebook's administration for closing my personal account for the seventh time in a row, and I consider the [decision] bias in favor the occupation and its dictates and against the struggle of our people for the sake of freedom..."

Facebook has recently come under pressure from Israeli leaders to take action against inciters. Gilad Erdan, minister of Internal Security, told Channel 2 on July 3 that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are partially responsible for the murder of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was stabbed to death by a young Palestinian.

Facebook has said recently that there is no place for encouraging violence on its website and is committed to taking action against inciters.

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