AJC Outraged at Facebook Treatment of Khaled Abu Toameh

           AJC Outraged at Facebook Treatment of Khaled Abu Toameh

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is outraged at
Facebook's treatment of the respected journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, whose
reports from the Middle East have been published in leading newspapers around
the world.

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Toameh's Facebook account was suspended after a campaign of online
vilification and even threats against him, and when public protests convinced
Facebook to reverse course and reinstate the account, his postings about
corruption in the Palestinian Authority were removed.

"How ironic," commented David Harris, AJC executive director. "The whole point
of Facebook is to encourage the communication of ideas. Now Facebook allows
itself to be used by those who want to censor what is happening in the
Palestinian Authority."

In the recent piece that apparently triggered the wave of anger that led to
Facebook's action, titled "The Palestinian Authority's Inconvenient Truths,"
Toameh reported that dozens of Gaza Christians who arrived in the West Bank to
celebrate Christmas asked to move to Israel since they no longer wanted to
live under Palestinian rule, and that many Christian families from East
Jerusalem have moved into Jewish neighborhoods for the same reason.
Furthermore, he noted that the PA arrests people simply for criticizing the
Palestinian leadership, and that tens of thousands of PA civil servants in
Gaza are paid to stay home and do nothing.

Toameh concludes the article by saying, "Western journalists, funders and
decision-makers who deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict need to know
that there are many truths being completely ignored or hidden from their eyes
and ears." AJC urges Facebook to cease acting as an accomplice in the
suppression of Toameh's right to express himself, to issue an apology, and to
restore all of his postings.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee

Website: http://www.ajc.org
Contact: Lawrence Grossman, Director of Publications, +1-212-891-1308,
grossmanl@ajc.org