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Zionist haatwoord op Facebook?

4-2-2021 Facebook bekijkt momenteel een verzoek van IsraŽl om het woord 'zionist' op de lijst te zetten van woorden die duiden op haatzaaien. De BDS-beweging voert hiertegen, in samenwerking met o.a. Jewish Voice for Peace, een handtekeningenactie. Zij beschouwen het IsraŽlische verzoek als een poging om het spreken over de bezetting van Palestina moeilijker te maken.


Uit wat de BDS-beweging hierover schrijft:

Israel is asking Facebook to add the word "Zionist" to its hate speech policy. Facebook is now reviewing this proposal.

If Facebook restricts the use of "Zionist" on its platforms, Palestinians will be blocked from describing our daily lives under Israeli apartheid, as well as our families' histories of dispossession and military occupation.

We're working with an international coalition including Jewish Voice for Peace, 7amleh, MPower Change, Independent Jewish Voices, American Muslims for Palestine, Palestine Legal and many more to advocate with Facebook against making this policy change.

Social media companies should allow people to hold governments accountable, not shield governments from accountability.

Restricting criticism of Israel is a misguided response to a real and important problem of antisemitism. In falsely equating all Jewish people with the state of Israel, Facebook will only play into dangerous stereotypes.

Zionism claims that all people worldwide who identify themselves as Jewish belong to a "Jewish nation", although these people are citizens of many countries, and that this "nation" has an inherent right to a supremacist "Jewish state" in Palestine, forcibly displacing the Indigenous Palestinian population and denying our basic rights.

If Facebook restricts the use of the word "Zionist", we will not be able to tell the story of the Nakba -- the pre-meditated and violently executed ethnic cleansing of a majority of the Indigenous Palestinians from our homeland in 1948, at the hands of Zionist militias, to make room for an exclusionary, settler-colonial state.

The Zionist settler colonial project continues to this day, through "incremental genocide" of two million in the Gaza ghetto; the ceaseless theft of our lands and forcible displacement of our communities; the endless colonial settlements; and the overarching apartheid system.

Social media platforms are powerful tools to help us share our stories, fight against all forms of racism and discrimination, and fight for our freedom.


Uit een medeling van Jewish Voice for Peace blijkt dat op 24 februari 2021 de oproep, ondertekend door 54.000 mensen, is aangeboden aan Facebook.

Bron: BDS-beweging