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October 18, 2015 2:12 pm

Israeli Activist Against Facebook: ‘You’ve Got Blood on Your Hands’ (VIDEO)

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Israeli activist Rotem Gez, who spray-painted Facebook's wall in the middle of the night. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli activist Rotem Gez, who spray-painted Facebook’s wall in the middle of the night. Photo: Screenshot.

The building that houses Facebook’s Israel headquarters was spray-painted with anti-terror signs late Saturday night, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Sunday.

The graffiti – including a red palm with the words “blood on your hands” — was part of a campaign initiated by Rotem Gez, one of many Israelis appalled by the social media giant’s failure to remove pages encouraging the murder of Jews and Israelis.

Gez attributes Facebook’s lack of response to the growing number of complaints about the proliferation of blatantly antisemitic pages and posts, which openly incite Arabs to take to the streets and slaughter Jews, to its satisfaction with the traffic that such buzz generates. “The more noise there is, the longer people remain on the site, and that translates into money,” Gez told Channel 2.

Gez, who defaced the building in the middle of the night with another activist, said, “We decided to do this because you can’t write on Facebook’s [virtual wall – so we transferred out protest to its actual, physical wall” of its offices on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

Gez said he intends to police this issue, and expressed hope that his nocturnal operation, which could get him in trouble, will lead to the removal of the incitement pages from Facebook.

Meanwhile, as was covered in these pages on Thursday, Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center is on the verge of filing a class-action suit against Facebook in California, after launching a petition urging as many users as possible to join, free of charge.

On her way to the United States as she continued to gather signatures on the petition, Shurat HaDin founder attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner refuted the claim that it is difficult or impossible for Facebook to rid itself of such pages, due to the volume of traffic.

“It is ridiculous to say that Facebook cannot monitor these things,” she told The Algemeiner. “Notice its millions of algorithms that know exactly what you like to wear and eat, who your friends are, what music you’re interested in, etc. How else do ads aimed specifically at you mysteriously appear in your feed and on the side of the page? If it’s got algorithms for consumer purposes, it can have algorithms for other purposes, as well.”

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  • Reform School

    Pulling Facebook from Israel is like pulling teeth, which Mark’s obscene profits enable his father to no longer do.

  • Robin Braun

    How do you sign the petition?

  • Atilla

    Ban facebook from Israel and block all access by any means.

    It is an enemy communication system and must be neutralized.

  • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

    About time some one demonstrated against FB, sick to death of all the whinging appearing on my Tweets FB and G+ from so called palestinians WHO INCIDENTALLY are occupying ISRAELI land. Israel bent over backwards to accommodate this ……. as they say “Bite the hand of the dog that feeds you” sums pally’s up in a nutshell. Get out of ISRAEL or learn to live as civilized Israeli citizens and contribute to the wealth and well being of ISRAEL.

  • Ruth Kachalov

    Stop the terror on Facebook!

  • Sabra Sabarit

    Good! Mazel tov!!

  • Can a non-Israeli like me sign this petition and, if so, where?

  • marta mikey frid

    Good on them for exposing such disgusting evil

  • Mickey Oberman

    I joined Facebook 9 years ago at the urging of a friend. The very next day I was inundated by dozens of messages of people who wanted to be my friend. That same day I tried to quit FB. Nine years later I have still not been able to quit it nor get rid of it. Any correspondence I get from that privacy invading organization is now automatically consigned to Spam and any entity which requires me to use FB is permanently removed from my computer.
    I often wonder what FB has done, does or plans to do with all the private information it gathers on millions of people. How does it use it? Does it sell it to other, perhaps harmful entities?
    How does it benefit publications to join FB? What does it cost them?
    As is now being proven, Facebook constitutes a grave danger not only to its subscribers but, in this case to Israel and all Jews.

    Facebook should be eliminated and all its records destroyed.

  • Dov

    Lets boycott Facebook.

  • One is dealing with religious zealots; Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook cronies worship the almighty dollar. In their endeavor, there is no logic, there is no morality, there is no system of ethics. Lives don’t matter to them. All that moves them to respond is the dollar.
    They will lie, cheat, deceive… anything to enhance the bottom line.

  • SteveHC

    Shurat Hadin is thankfully in the process of filing a lawsuit and injunction against Facebook over these issues. G-d bless them!