Sada Social: Double Standards of Social Media Platforms (February 2022)

Sada Social issued its monthly report, warning against the failure and double standards of social media

Sada Social Center monitored a number of violations and abuses carried out by the administration of social media sites against Palestinian content during February as the Center documented more than 30 violations against Palestinian content, most of which on the Facebook and Instagram platforms.The two platforms targeted many media and press accounts while covering the events in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and the news of the martyrdom of three Palestinian in Nablus.

Meta labeled the videos of the beating and arrest of young Palestinian men and women in occupied Jerusalem as “sensitive content” and hid it, while some accounts that published this content received many restrictions and warnings for violating community standards, which actually means blocking Palestinian content that exposes Israeli occupation crimes.

This is an outright targeting of Palestinian content, as tens of thousands of accounts around the world continue to publish violent content that poses a real threat to public safety without being affected by the blocking procedures.

The accusation of exceeding the standards of Meta also affected the accounts that published an obituary for the martyrs, including the page of Ramallah Governor Laila Ghanem and Minister of Health Mai Kaila, after the occupation’s assassination of three Palestinians in Nablus.
While the social media sites claim that they block Palestinian content as sensitive content or incite violence and terrorism and delete and restrict it, they constantly ignore incitement to kill Palestinians and what the Israeli occupation is doing through official and media accounts and pages on the same platforms

Duplication and failure of standards:

The developments related to the Ukrainian crisis with regard to the digital space came to record a clear failure of the standards of social media platforms in protecting the user audience from violent and inflammatory content.

The digital spaces have recently been filled with photos and videos from the Ukrainian and Russian crises, which contain weapons, violent manifestations, and footages to mobilize fighters and teach them to manufacture and use weapons, in addition to other footages that provide a detailed explanation and training content for the use of military weapons by civilians.
These platforms have not taken any action against the thousands of posts and comments urging the fighting in the Ukrainian-Russian war and calling for their joining, but the praise and encouragement of Palestinian resistance fighters is classified as terrorist content by the same platforms.

It was also observed that photos of Palestinian resistance icons and personalities were used in fabricated content as Ukrainian citizens defying Russian soldiers, and these photos were reported to be removed. this confirms that the removal and blocking of Palestinian content is basically linked to a political position biased towards the Israeli occupation adopted by social media sites.

The Center condemns the policy of double standards faced by the Palestinian user on various social media platforms, which violate his human and digital rights and prevent him from accessing information and news in light of the continuous restriction of media agencies and activists’ pages and their coverage of human rights violations in occupied Palestine. It also warns of the profound negative effects of social media’s disregard for violent and inflammatory content published against the backdrop of the Ukrainian-Russian crisis.

The center calls on all users to report any digital violations that affect their accounts or any fake content or fabricated news on social media, as the center continues its efforts to restore accounts and prevent their restriction within the framework of vigorous efforts with social media platforms policy managers

The Center also believe these developments as a clear indication of the failure of the standards and tools used by the social media sites to provide a safe environment for users, and recalls its repeated demands regarding the necessity of reviewing these standards, and setting them on the basis of commitment to the equal rights of human beings, regardless of their race or color, in addition to placing them at the service of safe and fair use for social media.

(Source / 13.03.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Attack Three Woman Near Bethlehem

On Saturday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked three Palestinian women in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Local nonviolent activist Ahmad Ghazal said the colonizers attacked Samaher Obeyyat, Nayfa, and her sister Fatima Obeyyat while picking Gundelia plants from the village’s lands.

Ghazal added that the colonizers also pepper-sprayed the three women and forced them out of the lands.

The illegal colonists have recently escalated their violations against the Palestinians in Kisan, including targeting farmers and shepherds to force them out of their lands, in addition to several incidents where Israeli soldiers abducted many residents fending the colonizers’ attacks off.

These violations include releasing dogs to chase and maul the Palestinian farmers, firing live rounds at them, physically attacking them, and forcing them out of their lands, in addition to various incidents of cutting and uprooting trees.

The colonizers attacked a Palestinian shepherd in Kisan on Friday before Israeli soldiers abducted him instead of removing the assailants.

In related news, the illegal Israeli colonizers installed a new outpost on stolen Palestinian land in the Birin area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 13.03.2022)

Israel Approves Plan To Build 730 Colonialist Units In Occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli government approved the construction of 730 units for illegal colonialist settlers in Pisgat Zeev illegal colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands in Beit Hanina, north of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The newly approved segregated units would be built on about 70 Dunams and include 730 units in fourteen residential towers, each containing twelve floors.

Israeli sources said the plans also included 21.000 square/meters used to construct commercial buildings and employment, in addition to 16 Dunams that would remain open spaces such as parks.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”

(Source / 13.03.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts A Palestinian Near Khan Younis

On Saturday night, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian on land close to the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the man was on Palestinian agricultural lands close to the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis when the soldiers pointed their guns at him and abducted him.

They added the Palestinian, in his twenties, did not breach the fence but was on Palestinian land near it when the soldiers abducted him.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, and preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 13.03.2022)

Soldiers Fire At Palestinians On Their Lands In Gaza

On Sunday morning, Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds and gas bombs at Palestinians in the central and the southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers stationed on military towers across the fence, east of the Central District, fired many live rounds and gas bombs at Palestinian bird hunters on lands near the fence, forcing them to leave.

They added that the soldiers also fired several live rounds and gas bombs at farmers while working on their lands, east of the al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, forcing them to leave.

On Saturday night, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian on land close to the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, and preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 13.03.2022)

Updated: Israeli Colonizer Fires At Two Schools Near Bethlehem

On Sunday morning, an illegal Israeli colonizer fired several live rounds at two schools in Tuqu’ town, east of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The Administrative Director of the Palestinian Directorate of Education, Bassam Jaber, said the colonizer stepped out of an Israeli bus and fired several live rounds at the schools.

He added that the attacked schools are al-Khansa’ Elementary School and the al-Jarqaq School.

He added that the attack caused damage and resulted in several schoolgirls suffering anxiety attacks in their classrooms.

After firing the live rounds, the colonizer left the area and returned to it shortly afterward with several other colonizers, Jaber stated.

Dozens of soldiers later invaded the area before the two schools had to close for the day after sending the girls to their homes in fear of further assaults and violations by the paramilitary colonizers.

(Source / 13.03.2022)

WAFA: “Palestinian administrative detainees continue boycott of Israeli military courts for 72nd day”

RAMALLAH, Sunday, March 13, 2022 (WAFA) – More than 450 Palestinian detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings for 72 days in protest of their unfair detention without charge or trial under Israel’s controversial administrative detention policy.

The boycott includes hearings for the renewal of administrative detention orders as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at Israel’s Supreme Court.

Palestinian detainees say their action is a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention practiced against our people by the occupation forces.”

Under administrative detention, Israel keeps Palestinians without charge for up to six months, a period that can be extended for an indefinite number of times. Women and minors are also among those detainees. The detention takes place on orders from a military commander and based on what the Israeli regime describes as ‘secret’ evidence. Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

Palestinians and human rights groups say the administrative detention violates the right to due process since the evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express their outrage at the detention. They have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in about 17 Israeli jails. Over 450 detainees, including women and minors, are under administrative detention. Rights groups describe Israel’s use of detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and have long called on Israel to end its use.

(Source / 13.03.2022)

Silwanic: Sheikh Jarrah to the Forefront of Events… Dozens of Arrests and Demolitions… Repression and Abuse

Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) – Jerusalem issued its monthly report for the month of February, during which it monitored the attacks and violations carried out by the occupation authorities in the city of Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Jerusalem said that Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has returned to the forefront of events and random arrests have returned in the city, and the occupation municipality has continued to implement and issue demolition decisions for facilities in the city.

Sheikh Jarrah

On February 13th, the extremist Knesset member Itamar Ben Gavir moved his office to the center of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood (the western part), calling for permanent police protection for a settler residing inside the neighborhood. O days before that, settlers attacked the residents of the neighborhood and their property with stones, pepper spray, pursuit and threats. With the approaching date for evacuating the Salem family from their home, the Jerusalemites announced an open sit-in inside the neighborhood to protect the residents and locals from attacks.

The center said that Knesset member “Ben Gavir” placed his office in the middle of the neighborhood on the confiscated land of the Salem family, and turned the street into a closed military barracks, by placing barriers at its entrances, and preventing entry to it except for residents, with the requirement to present an ID card/ On the first day of the office’s placement, confrontations broke out between Palestinians and occupation forces and settlers. Over the course of the following weeks, the settlers continued to provoke the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood by storming it, organizing marches in it, and raising the Israeli flags under the pretext of “supporting MK Ben Gavir”, who works from the center of the neighborhood.

Photo: Silwanic

The center added that the police are trying to prevent residents, Jerusalemites, and solidarity activists from sitting in the neighborhood, and deliberately storming the sit-in area, confiscating chairs, smashing tables, and putting out “burning wood” used for heating. They also break into homes and threaten residents with arrest and prosecution, prevent the raising of Palestinian flags and forcibly confiscate them, and clear the street of protesters and set up roadblocks at all entrances.

On the 22nd of February, the occupation court froze the decision to “evacuate the Salem family” from their home, and consequently the decision issued by the “Execution and Procedure Department” pending a decision on the appeal submitted to the court, which was accompanied by various allegations.

Repression and abuse on the anniversary of the Isra’ and Mi’raj

On February 28, the occupation forces suppressed the celebrations of the Palestinians on the anniversary of Isra’ and Mi’raj during their gathering and presence in the Damascus Gate area in Jerusalem. The forces threw sound bombs and randomly sprayed waste water, used rubber bullets and assaulted the people with batons, to prevent them from sitting and being in the area. They also conducted random arrests against 20 Jerusalemites, most of them children.

Photo: Silwanic

Dozens of Palestinians were injured by shrapnel from sound bombs and beatings, including a deaf girl who was hit by a sound bomb, which caused her fractures in the jaw and teeth, and the loss of her “hearing aid” device. Also, a 6-month-old baby was injured in addition to other injuries due to fear and panic.

Settlers’ assault

At the end of last February, a settler shot two brothers near the Hizma checkpoint, northeast of Jerusalem, injuring them variously.

The information center stated that the two brothers, Jawad and Muhammad Abu Khadija, were shot by a settler, after their vehicle collided with each other.

Arrests

The occupation authorities continued to carry out arrests in the city of Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Jerusalem monitored 166 arrests, including “3 children below the age of responsibility (less than 12 years old), 53 minors, 9 females, including a girl.”

The information center added that the arrests from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the streets of Jerusalem “Damascus Gate and the streets near it”, recorded about 70 arrests, including about 15 arrests from residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and the rest were field arrests during the repression and prosecution of Jerusalemites. Most of the detainees were released, provided that they are expelled from the place of detention for periods ranging from 3 days to two weeks.

Photo: Silwanic

The occupation authorities also issued deportation decisions from Al-Aqsa, the Old City and Jerusalem, and the center monitored 7 deportation decisions for periods ranging from two weeks to six months.

Demolitions

The occupation authorities continued to carry out demolitions in the city of Jerusalem, where the Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the demolition of 18 facilities in Jerusalem, of which 7 were demolished by their owners, including “12 residential facilities, 5 commercial facilities, and a hall.”

The center explained that among the demolished houses was the house of the martyr Fadi Abu Shkheidem in Shu’fat refugee camp in Jerusalem.

Photo: Silwanic

The demolitions were concentrated in the village of Anata, Shu’fat refugee camp, Silwan, Beit Hanina, and Jabal Al-Mukabber.

The occupation forces stormed the headquarters of the “Alms/Zakat Office” in Al-Aqsa Mosque, near the Bab al-Rahma prayer hall. They searched it, checked files and papers, and confiscated many files.

(Source / 13.03.2022)