Israel arrested 500 Palestinians, including women, children, and MPs, over their social media posts, the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies reported
The center’s spokesman Riyadh Al-Ashqar said that the Israeli authorities began arresting Palestinians for their social media posts since the start of the Jerusalem Intifada claiming such uploads incite terror against Israel
Israel is using its recently formed “Cyber Unit” to monitor Palestinian social media posts, he said
This unit, Al-Ashqar said, classifies any Facebook post that glorifies Palestinian martyrs, discloses Israeli crimes, and supports resistance as incitement of terror
Hundreds of Palestinians have been sentenced over the past three years to different jail terms on the ground of incitement on social media, he charged
Some others were placed under house arrest and denied from using social media platforms, he continued.
Al-Ashqar strongly condemned such arrests that clearly violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights
He concluded by calling on the international community to protect the Palestinian people’s right of freedom of expression