Israel eyes world coalition to force social media platforms to block incitement
Israel is aiming to build an international coalition to force the world’s leading social media giants to prevent their platforms from being abused to peddle incitement to terrorism.
The move, which was unveiled by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, aims at requiring Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other social networks to take greater responsibility for such content.
While some experts consider the idea unworkable — arguing that the terms of service of such platforms protect them from any legal threat, and that the preventative measures Erdan wants to see introduced are not possible technologically, others say a coalition pushing for change could be effective, and certainly stands more of a chance than an effort led by Israel alone.
The social media giants “make millions but claim they are not responsible for content, and that they only provide a platform,” a spokesperson for Erdan told The Times of Israel. “That is not going to wash. We are planning to put a stop to this irresponsibility, and we are going to do it as part of an international coalition that has had enough of this behavior as well.”
On Sunday, Erdan introduced the idea of building an international legal coalition to take action against social media platforms if they do not proactively prevent the use of their systems to upload videos, songs, photos, and other content that inspire would-be terrorists to pick up knives, guns, rocks, and other weapons to attack Israelis.
At the weekly cabinet meeting, Erdan presented ministers with an “index of incitement,” showing a correlation between instances of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic content posted by Palestinians, and the level of violence by Palestinians against Israelis.
Innumerable posts, videos and tweets have extolled the virtues of attacking Israelis in the ongoing terror wave, with terror groups and private individuals posting incitement, songs hailing the terrorists, and instructional videos telling them how best to attack. In several cases, attackers have posted their own messages ahead of such attacks.
Over 2,000 students filled the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.
Taking place in the same hall where, 40 years ago, 72 nations voted to equate Zionism with racism, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon called the conference a “historic” event.
Separately, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour dismissed the conference as “no big deal.”
The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement seeks to ostracize Israel by lobbying corporations, artists and academic institutions to sever ties with the Jewish state. Supporters say the boycott is aimed at furthering Palestinian independence, and they have modeled their efforts on an earlier campaign against apartheid South Africa. Critics say the campaign is aimed at delegitimizing Israel itself.
“BDS is not about helping the Palestinians or bringing peace. Their only goal is to bring an end to the Jewish state. This is the reality and we won’t be afraid to say it out loud, everywhere. BDS is the true face of modern anti-Semitism,” Danon said in his opening remarks.
Danon cited a recent resolution passed by the Human Rights Council that calls on the U.N. human rights chief to set up a database of businesses operating in settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights as evidence that the BDS movement has spread beyond college campuses.
“With this disgraceful resolution, the U.N. crossed a red line. Can you imagine that seventy years after the Holocaust, the U.N. is creating lists to encourage the boycott of Jewish companies? This is exactly the kind of hatred that the U.N. was founded to eradicate,” Danon said.
The conference, titled “Build Bridges Not Boycotts,” united members of Jewish organizations, business people and academics to discuss strategies aimed at countering the narratives of the BDS movement. It also featured a performance by Jewish-American reggae singer Matisyahu, who had a concert in Spain cancelled over pressure from a local branch of the BDS movement. The festival later welcomed him back amid a barrage of criticism.
Gilad Skolnick, director of campus programming for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, said that on the 26 U.S. college campuses that voted on BDS resolutions last year, 12 were approved and 14 were rejected.
“So while it is a problem, BDS is often times a symptom of hatred and anti-Semitism that starts on campus so CAMERA’s strategy is to set up before that happens so that it doesn’t become an issue,” Skolnick said.
the net is tightening..
what other race and religion has its own international laws to enforce censorship of anything negative?
“Over 2,000 students filled the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott”
hosted at the UN eh?
“Erdan introduced the idea of building an international legal coalition to take action against social media platforms if they do not proactively prevent the use of their systems to upload videos, songs, photos, and other content that inspire would-be terrorists to pick up knives, guns, rocks, and other weapons to attack Israelis.”
so that ties in with this: