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Saudi cleric’s message, offering reward for kidnapped Israeli soldiers, removed from Facebook


The Facebook message posted by prominent Saudi cleric, Dr. Awad al-Qarni, which offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who abducts Israeli soldiers, has been removed from his page.

Here’s the text of his message, as we reported yesterday:

“Media has reported the news that Zionist settlers pay huge amounts of money to those who would kill the released Palestinian prisoners. In order to answer these criminals, I declare to the world that any Palestinian who captures – inside Palestine [by which he means, all of Israel] – an Israeli soldier in order to exchange him for prisoners, I promise to pay him a reward and prize totaling one hundred thousand dollars.” 

Here’s a screen capture of the original message, in Arabic, as it looked yesterday:

Now, when you try to open the link to the message, you get this:

So, thanks to all the readers and fellow bloggers who complained to Facebook that the cleric’s post represented an egregious violation of FB’s terms of service.

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  1. I am very glad to hear it’s been deleted. But why does Facebook allow such hate messages and campaigns to be published in the first place?
    They should be ashamed of themselves!

  2. why does Facebook allow such hate messages and campaigns to be published in the first place?
    They should be ashamed of themselves!

    Facebook isn’t able to vet every single piece of content in real time. At best, they can only remove content after somebody complains about it.

    The real problem is when Facebook does not enforce its own policies in a consistent manner such as when they refuse to remove Holocaust denial content– despite their policies against hate-mongering.