Palestinian Official Jailed for Social Media Incitement

(Photo: facebook)

(Photo: facebook)

In today’s digital world, messages can be spread to many thousands of people around the world – messages that are good, as well as those that are bad. The Times of Israel’s Marissa Newman reports that Israeli courts have convicted a Palestinian official for doing the latter – praising terrorists and inciting violence on Facebook:

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday sentenced the secretary general of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch to nine months in prison for using his personal Facebook account to incite violence and support terrorism against Israeli civilians.

The sentencing of Omar Shalabi, 44, a resident of the West Bank village of Eizaria, marks the first time Israeli courts handed out a prison sentence for incitement on social media…

The indictment against him referenced 10 Facebook statuses written between July and October of last year,…

Posted in: Facebook / incitement / Israel

Hamas’ Twitter Campaign Is Mocked Before It Even Begins

(Photo: flickr/hughes_leglise)

(Photo: flickr/hughes_leglise)

Desperate to use any ploy or manner of technology to gain favor in the eyes of the world, yesterday Hamas announced that it will begin a social media campaign on Twitter. The terrorist group’s plan has already backfired. The Washington Post reports on the extremely negative backlash the #AskHamas hashtag operation has already received:

According to a number of reports, the media wing of Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, announced a social media operation aimed at Europeans on Thursday. One feature: The group would set up an English-language Twitter account (@HamasInfoEn) and allow senior members of the group to take questions via the hashtag #AskHamas.

What could possibly go wrong?

A lot, obviously. According to social media analytic company Topsy, there have already been over 3,000 tweets with…

Posted in: #askhamas / Hamas / social media

Anti-Semitism in Europe

We keep hearing about the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe. And while surveys and statistics do illustrate the increasing difficulty and danger of European Jewish life, nothing shows it more clearly than seeing hatred in action.

Israeli journalist Zvika Klein courageously ventured through the streets of Paris while donning a kippah – a skullcap worn by Orthodox Jews – and with a hidden cameraman by his side. During his tour of France, he was taunted, insulted, and spit at, simply for having the chutzpah to walk the Parisian streets as a Jew. He documented his experience and put the short film on YouTube.

Anyone with familiarity of Jewish and Christian history in Muslim countries knows that life was never easy for non-Muslims living in Islamic lands. There were periods of relative calm, where money extorted from Jews and Christians enabled them to get by…

Posted in: Ami Farkas / Anti-Semitism / Copenhagen

A United Fight Against Terrorism

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

In the first few weeks of 2015, the world has already seen several horrific terror attacks, including last week’s devastating terror attacks in Paris by radical Islamists. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, The Fellowship‘s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein says that through the tragedy, she also has hope that the world’s response is the start of a united fight against terrorism:

The free world ended 2014 with prayers for new beginnings and hope for a change of direction from the violent path it was heading in. Despite the evil in our midst, none of us is ready to give up trying to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. The Jewish people especially has experienced many catastrophes throughout history, yet we have never raised our white flag in defeat, and we’re…

Posted in: Islamists / Muslim / Paris

The Media’s Reaction to the Paris Terror Attacks

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(Photo: flickr/flo59)

Some in the media reacted to last week’s terrorist attacks in France by adopting the self-defeating narrative all too common in liberal circles. Especially in light of the attacks on the kosher supermarket, left-leaning media outlets felt it necessary to diffuse any sympathy or solidarity for France’s Jewish community.

CNN told its viewers that the attack on the kosher supermarket might not have been motivated by anti-Semitism. How could anyone conclude that an Islamist attack on a kosher market, in a predominately Jewish neighborhood, during Friday afternoon hours –when Jews do their pre-Sabbath grocery shopping – be motivated by anti-Semitism?

Meanwhile, a BBC reporter didn’t pretend was not motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead, he tried to justify it. While interviewing a Jewish French woman during the rally in Paris, BBC’s Tom Wilcox responded to her concern

Posted in: Ami Farkas / Charlie Hebdo / france