Anti-occupation activists on Facebook are reporting that their posts identifying the lorry driver killed yesterday by Israel’s occupation forces in Palestine’s East Jerusalem have been removed and their accounts blocked from posting and commenting.
OBEYING ISRAEL’S BAN ON ISRAELI MEDIA?
It would indicate that Facebook is yet another ‘Western’ media and social media operator, like The New York Times as a famous notorious example, who follow Israeli regime’s orders to Israel’s media on what is allowed to be published and what is not.
Israel’s regime is using this ban to push forward its claims, for example that the lorry driver would have been ‘ISIS supporter’ which can’t be confronted with facts when the facts are forbidden to be mentioned – which again seems to be case on world’s most popular social media also.
Facebook can’t be a censoring arm of the state of Israel and a global social media hub at the same time.
THE KNOWN FACTS TO OPPOSE CENSORSHIP AND PROPAGANDA
The killed truck driver was Fadi al-Qanbar from occupied East Jerusalem’s Jabal al-Mukabber.
He was possibly a former political prisoner, but according to his family had no affiliation to any political group. In different sources his age is given as 20, 26 and 28.
He was married and had three children. Photographs showing apparently two different men have been published, claiming to represent him.
There is no indication from videos of the scene that this was pre-planned ‘attack’ – al-Qanbar apparently just saw an opportunity, a mass of occupation soldiers on the roadside, and used it.