Thursday, March 31, 2011

Facebook shuts pro-Palestinian page

Source: Press TV

US-based social networking website Facebook has obliterated a page that advocated a 'third Intifada (uprising)' in reaction to Israel's persisting measures to trample on the rights of the Palestinian people.

The Tuesday move came after 350,000 people endorsed the campaign by 'liking' the page and many of its entries received thousands of comments, reported Ynetnews, the website for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

The move came after Israel's Minister of Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein addressed Facebook's creator Mark Zuckerberg in a letter, pleading with him to remove the page.

The Facebook campaign had stated that "Palestine will be freed and we will free it," advocating the uprising against Tel Aviv's occupation of the Palestinian lands and its continued suppression of the Palestinian population.

A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during their first Intifada between 1987 and 1993 and the second one in the 2000s -- both fiercely confronted by Israel.

The page had also called for a march towards Palestine on May 15, which marks the anniversary of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian homelands in 1948.

The year witnessed the Israeli regime fabricating its existence, mainly backed by the US, Britain and France, in a full-scale military offensives against Arab nations in the region.

The operations forced over 711,000 Palestinians out of their homeland. A 2008 report estimates the number of Palestinian refugees at over 4.6 million.

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