8 Arab men, aged 18-45, some affiliated with Fatah or Hamas, were charged with “incitement to violence or terror & supporting a terrorist group” on Facebook, a Justice Ministry statement read.
Eight Palestinians from East Jerusalem were indicted Monday for inciting anti-Jewish violence and supporting “terror” in postings on Facebook, a Justice Ministry spokeswoman said.
The eight men, aged 18-45 and several with them affiliated with Fatah and Hamas, were charged at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court with “incitement to violence or terror and supporting a terrorist group” on Facebook, a ministry statement read.
Police said in a statement they confiscated computers, mobile phones, hard drives and an improvised grenade from the suspects’ homes during the arrest.
The incriminating posts were put online in recent months as a wave of violence rocked the city during which several Palestinians staged lone wolf attacks killing nine people.
The defendants “directly called for violence and terror against (Jewish) citizens and security forces and praised, encouraged and supported these deeds and their perpetrators” on the Internet, the statement read.
Among the remarks posted online were “It is good to kidnap soldiers”, “Zionists flee because you’ll soon be killed by a car” and words expressing hope that right-wing Jewish activist Yehuda Glick, who survived an assassination attempt in October would die a painful death, the indictment said.
All eight were arrested earlier this month in what police said was their biggest operation yet aimed at halting incitement to violence on social networks.
Tensions in Jerusalem have since abated although clashes still erupt sporadically in the Arab eastern sector of the city which was captured by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.
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