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Israeli forces detain Palestinian over 'inciting terrorism' on social media

Rights groups say that detaining Palestinians over claims of social media incitement is violation of their rights.

Sep 25 2017

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Israeli occupation police forces have detained 35-year-old Palestinian man for allegedly threatening violence and "inciting terrorism" on social media.

Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a written statement that the man was detained in Jerusalem "on suspicion of threats to violence and incitement and supporting terrorism" on social media.

The suspect, Rosenfeld said, saw his detention extended on Sunday until September 27.

"Police are continuing intelligence and operations to find suspects that are involved in incitement and terrorism and using social media as a platform," the statement concluded.

In recent months, Israel has detained hundreds of Palestinians for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that first swept the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015 was encouraged largely by "incitement."

Critics have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the rise of unrest.

The Israeli occupation government has also been accused of utilising “anti-terrorism” discourse in order to justify and further entrench the Israeli military’s half-century occupation of the West Bank and decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip.

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has meanwhile called on Israel to shut down its so-called Cyber Unit, which collaborates with social media platforms to censor content, saying the unit has “no legal authority.”

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