After Declaring That ‘Palestinian Lives Matter,’ Facebook Immediately Closed My Page | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

After Declaring That ‘Palestinian Lives Matter,’ Facebook Immediately Closed My Page

Given that the vast majority of the mainstream U.S. media are pro-Israel, the only place that people like me can express their sympathies for the Palestinians is social networks. Thus, I turned to my Facebook page to write about the situations. In the first two posts I emphasized that,

"I am completely opposed to Hamas attacking Israel with rockets. One has to have a long view of this problem. Such attacks will not help the cause of peace and the Palestinians’ aspirations for their independent country; will give Israel’s hard right more excuse to try to wipe out the Palestinians, and will cause only more bloodsheds. Hamas must refrain from any military attacks, which only "justifies" the tired claim that "Israel has a right to defend itself." Let the struggle be peaceful, so that the world can watch and understand with laser focus the true root cause of the current war and the previous ones, namely, Israel’s attempt to evict the Palestinians from their homes, their occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and mistreating and discriminating against the Palestinians in their own land. This is not about Hamas and Israel, but about the plights of the Palestinian people living under military occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem."

My Facebook page has a relatively large number of readers, and after I wrote the above in my first two posts about the war, a large number of them protested, with some even accusing me of becoming "too Westernized." Despite this, I repeated the same in my next post about the war, and wrote in my last post,

"Just as "Black Lives Matter" has become the symbol of the struggle against discrimination and police brutality against black people in the United States, let us make "Palestinian Lives Matter" the global symbol and unifying theme for worldwide support for the Palestinian people."

Almost immediately after I posted this, Facebook closed my page. The excuse? Facebook supposedly does not allow posts that are tantamount to "hate speech" and encourage violence, discrimination, and xenophobia.