Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Dear Mark Zuckerberg - Sincerely, Minister Yuli Edelstein"

This is an authentic letter:

‏‏‏AdarII 17, 5771‏‎
‏March 23, 2011

אסמכתא: הס-2011-4258

Mr. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder and CEO

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

During these past few days a Facebook page entitled "Third Palestinian Intifada" has been garnering attention on the web by calling for a third intifada against the State of Israel to begin on May 15th, 2011.

On this Facebook page there are posted many remarks and movie clips which call for the killing of Israelis and Jews and the "liberating" of Jerusalem and of Palestine through acts of violence.

It is important to note that this page's inflammatory calls are supported by over 230,000 "friends" at the time of the writing of this letter.

As Facebook's CEO and founder you are obviously aware of the site's great potential to rally the masses around good causes, and we are all thankful for that. However, such potential comes hand in hand with the ability to cause great harm such as in the case of the wild incitement displayed on the above-mentioned page.

I turn to you with the request that you order the immediate removal of this Facebook page. I write to you not only in my capacity as Israel's Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs who is charged with monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, but as someone who believes in the values of free speech, and knows that there is a difference between freedom of expression and incitement.

I am sure that you too hold fast to these values and would prefer that all of the pages on your site operate according to them.


MK Yuli Edelstein
Minister of Public Diplomacy
And Diaspora Affairs


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

both facebook and youtube broke their own rules by allowing pages calling for violence against the state of israel to remain up, despite numerous reports by users

wonder what will happen if i start pages calling for the death of all arabs and muslims