In a speech on Tuesday, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked revealed that online incitement to terror has significantly increased since Washington’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Due to the connection between online incitement and terrorist activities, the Ministry of Justice said it has been carrying out significant efforts to grapple with such content.
Ayelet Shaked Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS
Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has revealed that online incitement to violence surged immediately following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year. Shaked said the deceleration caused a staggering response in the online sphere and an increase of terror threats on Israeli and Jewish targets.
“I’ll take this opportunity to once again thank president Trump for the fact that he will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem as early as Israel’s upcoming Independence Day, in a month and a half,” Shaked said in a speech on Tuesday. “This is an honorable gift for the State of Israel’s 70th.”
According to the ministry’s findings, there have been 12,351 requests to remove hate content in Israel’s online sphere in 2017, compared to only 2,241 in 2016. Shaked explained that 73.5% of the content submitted to Israel’s Internet Service Providers for removal concerned terrorist activities and support of terror. 25.5% consisted of incitement to terror, racism and violence.
The justice minister added that due to the connection between online incitement and terrorist activities, her office has been carrying out significant efforts in grappling with illegal content online, namely incitement to violence and terror. Most of the submitted content in 2017 was removed. However, Shaked added that she expects internet providers “to monitor content containing incitement on their own accord.”