PMW Report on Fatah's Facebook in 2018: PMW called on FB to close terror supporting account
The social media giant Facebook with its broad reach and instant messaging has great potential to disseminate good values, but also bad ones. With Israel still suffering from Palestinian terror, Palestinian Media Watch has examined the attitude of Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah Movement towards Palestinian terror as expressed in its posts on its official Facebook page in 2018. The Facebook page examined is the official page of the Fatah Movement. (Palestinian National Liberation Movement "Fatah"/The Official Page, https://www.facebook.com/officialfateh1965/).
PMW's fundamental finding is that Fatah actively uses Facebook to glorify murderers, both past and contemporary, and to encourage violence. Fatah is in clear violation of Facebook's Community Standards, which prohibit use of its platform by those involved in "terrorist activity" or for "praise for individuals involved in these activities."
Palestinian terror can be divided into three categories by periods: Pre-Oslo Terror, Post-Oslo Terror, and Contemporary Terror. Fatah uses Facebook to glorify terrorists and attacks from all of these periods.
Pre-Oslo Terror includes the Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972 and the Coastal Road massacre of 12 Israeli children and 25 adults in 1978. Both of these attacks as well as other murderous attacks and terrorists from this period were glorified by Fatah on Facebook in 2018.
Post-Oslo Terror includes the hundreds of suicide bombings, shootings, and stabbings which have murdered more than 1,600 Israelis [mfa.gov.il] since the Oslo peace accords were signed between Israel and the PLO in 1993. Terrorists such as Ahmed Yassin, founder of Hamas; Nasser Awais, one of the founders of Fatah's terror wing the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, were responsible for hundreds of murders in the post-Oslo period, especially during the PA's terror campaign, the second intifada (2000-2005). Both these terror leaders and many other terrorists from that period were glorified by Fatah on Facebook in 2018.
Contemporary Terror includes attacks by Palestinian terrorists that continue today. For example the murder of two young Israelis, Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 29, mother of a 15-month-old, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, father of three, who were shot and killed by their Palestinian co-worker. They were murdered in 2018 and their murderer, along with others who killed Israelis that year, were glorified by Fatah on Facebook in 2018.
Case study of one example of Contemporary Terror glorification
To understand the powerful and great impact Fatah can have on Palestinians one merely has to look at the intensity and immediacy of Fatah's glorification of Kim and Ziv's murderer, Ashraf Na'alwa, on Facebook:
First, while the terrorist hid for six weeks, Fatah used Facebook to express its prayers to Allah for his safety:
"The wanted one Ashraf Na'alwa
After Na'alwa was killed in a shootout with Israeli soldiers on Dec 13, 2018, Fatah used Facebook to immediately glorify the killer, publishing seven posts within 24 hours, praising him as "hero," "Martyr," and "legend," and declaring he had achieved "eternity and glory," among them:
Fatah posted additional posts in his honor, including pictures of him either alone or with other contemporary terrorist "Martyrs":
Whereas raising the social status of any terrorist murderer can have a negative impact especially on youth, Fatah's repeatedly honoring terrorists through Facebook while the murder is still headline news, is sending the worst possible message to all Palestinians. The message from Fatah to Palestinians on Facebook can be interpreted as the following:
Fatah promotes violence and terror
Fatah uses its Facebook page to encourage violence and terror in other ways as well, for example by posting images of rifles and masked men carrying weapons.
Fatah honors terrorists from many terror organizations and murderers of foreign nationals
Through Facebook, Fatah glorifies not only the murderers of Israelis but also of foreign nationals. In 2018, it honored Japanese Red Army terrorist Kozo Okamoto who murdered 24 people, mostly Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico, in the Lod (Israel) Airport massacre in 1972. Fatah also honored terrorists who attacked Israelis abroad, including the terrorists who murdered the 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. Fatah used Facebook not only to honor terrorists from its own terror branches, Black September and The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, but also terrorists belonging to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO, and the PFLP - all internationally designated terror organizations.
While this report covers 2018, Fatah's terror promotion is not new. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Fatah has used its official Facebook pages to promote violence and glorify terrorists for many years and continues to do so in 2019.
The many examples of glorification of terrorists and terror promotion from all periods cited in this 2018 overview report, demonstrate that Fatah continues to be an active terror-promoting organization and that Facebook allows itself to be a part of that terror promotion.
Facebook rules and regulations
Facebook policy is to prohibit all glorification of terrorists or terrorist acts as well as encouragement and endorsement of violence, as is explicitly written in Facebook's Community Standards: