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Facebook removes page calling for third intifada

March 29, 2011 9:56 P.M. (Updated: March 31, 2011 10:57 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Facebook has removed the page "Third Palestinian Intifada" from its social networking site.

On Wednesday, Israeli Minister of Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein wrote to Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerburg demanding the removal of the page, Israeli media reported.

Edelstein wrote that there must be a discernible difference between freedom of expression and freedom to incite, Israeli news website Ynet reported. He was not writing in an official capacity, the letter said.

The page had attracted over 340,000 fans since its creation in March, and called for a Palestinian intifada on May 15. The day commemorates the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced in the lead-up to the founding of the state of Israel.

Intifada, or uprising, literally means "to shake off" in Arabic, and on 15 May, refugees around the world have planned peaceful protests outside Israeli embassies demanding an end to occupation.

In the past three decades, Palestinians have launched two intifadas, the first in 1987. The second, and far-deadlier uprising, began in 2000.

"After the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan intifadas, it's time for the Palestinian intifada," the page said. It called for an uprising "against injustice, division and corruption," according to the administrators’ post.

Administrators wrote Thursday that "If this page specifically, which is the largest Palestinian page on the social network, was closed, then all nations would see the hidden and real face of the Facebook administration."

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