This past week, while looking at Twitter and my daily news updates, I stumbled across a truly frustrating and outrageous act against the Palestinian people: Facebook censored multiple Palestinian journalists. After receiving negative reports against the news pages that these journalists ran, Facebook blocked access and they were unable to update anything. According to the Independent, “the organisation believes the suspensions happened because of a meeting between Facebook representatives and Israeli government ministers earlier this month to discuss how to tackle posts on the platform that incite violence.”
This is unacceptable.
How can we sit idly by while Israel continues to censor and enforce restrictions on the freedoms of Palestinians? As if the racial profiling, checkpoints and constant reminder of apartheid weren’t enough, here is another classic example of Israel manipulating the system to oppress Palestinians. Though Facebook quickly issued an apology and reinstated the access to the journalists, the damage was done. The two news agencies affected, “Quds” and “Shehab News Agency,” immediately announced that they would not post anything for two hours and used the hashtag #FBcensorsPalestine in protest. It filled me with such pride to not only see this hashtag in use, but also to see the number of news stories surrounding what happened.
This was a small story amongst many larger issues at hand both in Palestine and in the United States, but not insignificant. We must be in solidarity with one another to make a true difference.
Sending my support your way, Palestinian journalists! #FBcensorsPalestine
Here are a couple of the articles I found: