Hamas regularly attacks and incites violence against Israelis.
The result? Hamas openly and proudly claims responsibility for the murder of more than 1,300 Israeli victims.
Disturbingly, Hamas has been allowed to use Twitter to advance its violent and hateful agenda.
This is wrong. Countless democracies, including Canada, the United States, and the European Union have rightly designated Hamas as a terrorist group. This means it is a crime for citizens to be a member or provide material support to this violent organization.
If Hamas can’t open a bank account in Canada, why should it be allowed to have a Twitter account?
Help us cut off Hamas’ link to nearly half-a-million online followers. Join us in calling on Twitter to shut down Hamas’ accounts.
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Twitter’s policy against hateful conduct explicitly bans violent threats and wishes for the physical harm of individuals or groups, and bans users from “promoting terrorism” or affiliating “with organizations that – whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”
We fully agree that this content has no place on Twitter.
This is why we urge you to shut down various Twitter accounts operated by Hamas, an internationally-banned terror group that makes extensive use of Twitter to promote violence and hate.
Since its inception, Hamas has claimed responsibility for the murder of more than 1,300 Israelis. Hamas attacks against civilians have included suicide bombings, missile attacks, mass shootings and vehicle attacks. Hamas’ Charter openly reject’s Israel’s right to exist and glorifies jihad.
Countless democracies, including Canada, the United States, and the European Union, have designated Hamas a terrorist entity and prohibited citizens from providing material support to Hamas. This fact alone should cause Twitter to end Hamas’ open use of its platform, as a matter of basic corporate responsibility.
Hamas regularly exploits Twitter as a platform to advance their violent, hateful agenda. Three of its numerous accounts – @HamasInfo, @HamsInfoEn, and @HamasInfoFr – have a combined audience of nearly half-a-million followers. They should be shut down immediately so as to prevent Hamas from using Twitter to inspire further acts of violence.
For example, on March 15, 2018, Hamas tweeted a call for “Mass Participation in Day of Rage.” This phrase is consistently used to urge Palestinians to use violence against Jewish and Israeli citizens.
Following Hamas’ call for “rage”, violent attacks against Israelis spiked. On March 16, 2018, a Palestinian terrorist rammed into a group of Israelis, killing two and injuring two others. On March 18, 2018, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed a Jewish Israeli in Jerusalem. In response to the attacks, Hamas issued statements commending the perpetrators.
Clearly, incitement to violence has deadly consequences. Unless Twitter acts to uphold its own stated policy, it risks being complicit in Hamas’ heinous agenda.
Twitter has rightly taken action to remove or suspend thousands of accounts associated with Islamic State. You’ve also recently updated the Twitter Rules to explicitly reference terrorism. Removing Hamas from your platform would be consistent with your laudable efforts to ensure terrorists can’t use Twitter to advance their violent objectives.
We urge you to shut down all accounts associated with Hamas, and look forward to your response.