The case claims that the social notworking site allowed Hamas to plot attacks that killed four Americans and wounded one in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
An Israeli lawyer on the case, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, alleges that Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social network platform and communication services.
As a result, he thinks that Zuckerberg should pay up for the attacks which killed five Americans,
“Simply put, Hamas uses Facebook as a tool for engaging in terrorism,” it said.
Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas leader, said by phone that “suing Facebook clearly shows the American policy of fighting freedom of the press and expression” and is evidence of U.S. prejudice against the group and “its just cause.”
A spokesFacebook said that it had a set of Community Standards to help people understand what is allowed on Facebook, and we urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate and take swift action.
In March, Facebook took down a page promoting a new Palestinian uprising against Israel because it made “direct calls for violence,” in violation of company polices.
The suit was submitted to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on July 10. Plaintiffs include the families of Yaakov Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old abducted and murdered in June 2014 after hitching a ride in the West Bank, and three year old Chaya Braun, whose stroller was struck intentionally by a Palestinian driver in October 2014 at a train station in Jerusalem.