Twitter suspends account of Knesset member for incitement against Ahed Tamimi


Published: 2018-04-24 18:20

Last Updated: 2018-04-25 10:38

The MK Bezalel Smotrich. (TheTimesOfIsrael)
The MK Bezalel Smotrich. (TheTimesOfIsrael)
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Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of Deputy Knesset Speaker, Bezalel Smotrich, after he rejected to comply with their request to delete his post on the grounds of being “abusive and could incite to terrorism or silencing an individual,” the Times of Israel reported.

Smotrich had responded on Saturday to a tweet by ex-Jewish Home MK, Yinon Magal and expressed his “sadness” over Ahed Tamimi’s arrest adding that she “should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap. That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life”.

The Palestinian minor is currently serving an eight-month sentence for slapping soldiers who were trying to break into her family’s house in December.

Smotrich thought the suspension was an example of double standard, an infringement on his freedom of speech and did not feel apologetic for his words “I stand behind every word in that tweet,” the Middle East Monitor wrote.