An Israeli rights group suing Facebook on behalf of families of victims killed by Palestinian attackers said that it will appeal after the case was dismissed by a New York court, Fox News reported.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said the court dismissed the lawsuit on grounds of immunity, according to the communications decency act. She said her group Shurat Hadin will appeal the decision. The group claims the social network is providing a platform for militants to spread incitement and violence.
“We believe there is a fatal mistake in their ruling because the court totally did not address the issue of aiding and abetting terrorism,” she said. “It did not address the fact that Facebook provides support and sort of services to a terror organization to Hamas, which is a violation of the anti-terrorism act and therefore Facebook cannot be immune from this.”
Among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is the family of Taylor Force, a 28-year-old MBA student at Vanderbilt University and a U.S. veteran who was visiting Israel in 2016 when he was stabbed to death by a Palestinian.
Other plaintiffs include the family of Richard Lakin, a 1960’s civil rights activist in the U.S. who marched with Martin Luther King and was a Freedom Rider, working to desegregate the South, who as an educator in Israel worked for peace and coexistence. Lakin was killed by Palestinians who attacked the bus he was riding on in Jerusalem in 2015.
Shurat Hadin says Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by allowing groups such as the Islamic militant group Hamas to disseminate their messages on Facebook.
“Facebook cannot sit in their ivory tower hiding behind immunity in Palo Alto while blood is spilled in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Facebook as social media has social responsibility,” Darshan-Leitner said, adding she is confident her group will get Facebook to change their policy.