Facebook reinstated the official page of the Palestinian Fatah political party just days after initially shuttering it following a rash of posts glorifying terrorism and murder against Israelis.
Facebook originally shut down the page over a picture of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat holding a rifle that belonged to an Israeli soldier, who was abducted in the 1980s by Palestinian terrorists in Beirut.
“We received a message that our page violated Facebook’s regulations,” Munir al-Jaghub, a media officer with Fatah and one of the page’s administrators, told AFP after Facebook’s move.
But just a day later, Facebook quickly reversed the decision and apologized for shutting down the page.
“The page was removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate. We apologize for this mistake. All pages have to abide by our community standards,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an organization that monitors Palestinian incitement, said that Facebook reinstated the account without removing any of the terror-promoting material that is regularly posted by Fatah.
According to PMW, Fatah—which is headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas—published more 130 Facebook posts constituting incitement in 2016. Additionally, the watchdog group said Fatah posts in 2017 have glorified Palestinian arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned attacks that killed 125 Israelis; have promoted dying for “Palestine;” and have endorsed violence in other ways.
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
The image shows a picture of Wafa Idris, the first Palestinian female suicide bomber, who murdered 1 Israeli and wounded over 100 others. In the bottom corners are the Fatah logo, featuring a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Posted text: “Today [Jan. 27, 2017] is the 15th anniversary of the first Martyrdom-seeking (Istish’had) operation (i.e., terror attack) of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), which was carried out by Martyrdom-seeker Wafa Idris (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 and wounded over 100), a daughter of the Fatah Movement. She planted an explosive belt on her body on Jaffa Street in occupied Jerusalem, so that her pure body would explode into pieces in the Zionists’ faces. One Israeli was killed in the operation and an additional 90 were wounded (sic., over 100), and it came in response to the assassination operation against commander Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 9).”
Text on image:
“First female Martyrdom seeker
Martyr (Shahida) Wafa Idris