Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Public Security Minister, called for a united effort on censoring the internet under the guise of preventing the promotion of terrorism on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms.
The social media outlets “make millions but claim they are not responsible for content, and that they only provide a platform,” a spokesperson for Erdan told The Times of Israel. “That is not going to wash. We are planning to put a stop to this irresponsibility, and we are going to do it as part of an international coalition that has had enough of this behavior as well.”
Erdan continued by making correlations of anti-Israel content posted by Palestinians on social media and the level of violence that follows afterwards.
In a statement Sunday, Erdan said that he “intended to methodically expose the Palestinian culture of incitement among relevant communities around the world.”
“This is a perfectly logical and just project,” Erdan’s spokesperson said. “If a hotel was being used as a venue for a hate group, we would demand that the hotel break its contract, and we would lean on other hotels to abstain from hosting them, so that the hate group would not be able to hold its event. This is no different.”
This sets a dangerous precedent that can unravel a long road of internet censorship. Under the guise of anti-terrorism, revealing Israeli crimes in Palestinian territories can be prevented. Stories of Israeli cooperating with terrorist groups in the occupied Golan Heights of Syria would not exist if internet censorship occurred, nor would the daily crimes of Israeli settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
It is believed Erdan’s proposition holds no traction to eventuate into fruition.