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Israel arrested 410 Palestinians for social media activity in 2022, report says

MEMO | January 5, 2023

Israeli occupation authorities arrested 410 Palestinians, including women, children, journalists, activists and community leaders, for expressing their opinion on social media, according to a report by the Palestine Centre for Prisoners Studies (PCPS).

The report, co-authored by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Addameer Association for Prisoner Care and Human Rights and the Wadi Hilweh Centre highlighted Israel’s use of a new ‘Vigilance Unit’ to monitor Palestinian social media accounts and issue recommendations to the security authorities to arrest them on the pretext that their opinions and publications call for incitement and violence.

PCPS Director, Riyad Al-Ashqar, said the Israeli courts charged the detainees with “incitement” for simply expressing their opinion on social media, including posting a picture of a martyr or merely mentioning his/her name, or issuing an invitation to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinians have been sentenced to between several months and several years in jail by the occupation’s courts on charges of incitement, while some were being held under administrative detention without charge or trial.

Israeli authorities also forced detainees to sign pledges not to use social media platforms for several months, in addition to issuing financial fines and placing some under house arrest.

Al-Ashqar indicated that over the past few years, the number of Palestinians arrested for using social media platforms has increased from 145 arrests in 2018, to 184 in 2019, 220 in 2020, 390 in 2021, and 410 in 2022.

January 5, 2023 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. When it comes to persecuting Palestinians. Israel is starting to make Adolph Hitler look like a nice bloke……

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 5, 2023 | Reply

    • Yes, appreciation and agreement, as shown in the second comment.

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      Comment by michael | January 6, 2023 | Reply

  2. Again, yes to the first comment. The Zionist state’s crimes, for surely this is a crime, persecution, and the use of terror: who wouldn’t be terrified of the arbitrary imprisonment? Of vandalized agriculture. Of homes. Of schools. Of livestock. Or, outright murder and physical attacks. And, it’s not done by something called “settlers”. It’s done by jewish soldiers or civilians protected by heavily armed soldiers, who are proven to be so very willing to shoot unarmed… children. Or journalists.

    Perhaps such reports are the reasons why the American senator Ben Cardin wants more censorship of internet, for by any given definition from him and his ilk, this report is hate speech. Or, in Israel, this would be called inciting. Or inciting hate.

    And hate is a crime. To speak of how crimes are hated, that’s a hate speech crime as this censorship can be extended.

    It’s all more Stalinist than any other dictatorship of the twentieth century.

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    Comment by michael | January 6, 2023 | Reply


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