Hamas slams Facebook over blocking dozens of accounts supporting the
Jan. 7, 2017 11:34 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2017 4:34 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement on Saturday slammed Facebook’s
administration after the social media giant blocked dozens of accounts and
pages in support of the movement following the launch of a social media
campaign by the group promoting the actions of Hamas' first bomb
Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman, said in a statement that Facebook had
closed more than 90 pages supporting Hamas, in addition to 30 personal
accounts affiliated with the movement.
“This vicious campaign came after the launching of the 21st anniversary of
the assassination of the first engineer of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
(Hamas’ armed wing), Yahya Ayyash,” Badran said in the statement.
Yahya Ayyash was assassinated in 1996 during the administration of Shimon
Peres after Israeli authorities suspected him of being behind a number of
suicide attacks against Israelis. He is known among Hamas supporters as “The
Engineer,” as the group has said he was the first member to manufacture a
bomb for the movement.
As part of the anniversary, Hamas supporters launched a campaign promoting
the actions of Ayyash, and adopted the slogan “Be Like Ayyash,” prompting
Facebook to shut down more than a hundred pages and accounts.
Badran described the closure of Hamas’ support pages as a “persistent
collusion of the Facebook administration with Israeli occupation policies,”
and urged Palestinian Facebook users to look for other, more efficient,