Facebook REFUSES to remove advert linking Rep. Ilhan Omar to Hamas which her staff claims could lead to ‘harassment and death threats’

Facebook refuses to remove ad from its social media platform which claims, “Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has links to Hamas.”

Omar’s office reached out to the company to inform them the message was incorrect, with fears if could incite people to make death threats towards the lawmaker.   

The ad was made by a pro-Israeli lobbyist group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

In one ad, Omar’s face can be seen  superimposed onto a scene of Hamas firing rockets towards Israel. The accompanying text reads: ‘When Israel targets Hamas, Rep. Omar calls it an act of terrorism.’

The ad is a twist on a tweet made by the congresswoman in which she said that Israeli airstrikes that kill civilians in Gaza was an act of terrorism. 

However, Omar did not say that Israeli airstrikes that target Hamas were terrorist acts.

‘Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection,’ she wrote. ‘Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.’ 

The ad was a twist on a tweet made by the congresswoman in which she said that Israeli air strikes that kill civilians in Gaza was an act of terrorism

Israel has said it takes precautions to narrowly target Hamas and other militant targets in Gaza, but many civilians have been reported killed there by Israeli airstrikes, including dozens of children. Israel and Hamas on Thursday agreed to a cease-fire. 

Omar’s aides warned Facebook that previous images that tried to link her to Hamas resulted in her receiving death threats.

Aides told the company the ad ‘peddles both hate speech and misinformation.’

‘Given the number of threats of death and violence the Congresswoman receives on a near-daily basis, it’s not just irresponsible – its incitement. Facebook should immediately remove these ads which blatantly peddle both anti-Muslim hate speech and disinformation, and AIPAC should apologize,’ Omar’s deputy communications director, Isi Baehr-Breen, said in a statement. 

After reviewing its content, Facebook ruled it did not violate policies on the social media platform.

The ad was widely seen, racking up an estimated 500,000 to 1 million views, and was part of a series condemning other lawmakers who opposed Israel’s airstrikes, including Senator Bernie Sanders.

Spokesman for Facebook, Andy Stone, told the Washington Post the company reviewed the ads and deemed them acceptable under its policies.

Ms Omar’s office told Facebook it was ‘deeply concerned that Facebook would continue to profit off this hate’ in an email exchange with the company.    

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2 thoughts on “Facebook REFUSES to remove advert linking Rep. Ilhan Omar to Hamas which her staff claims could lead to ‘harassment and death threats’

  • May 22, 2021 at 11:41 am
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    Omar should be stripped of both her office and her U.S. citizenship, since she’s violated oaths for both. Let her return to Somalia and *stay* there.

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  • May 23, 2021 at 6:47 am
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    The idea of “Palestinians” was created by the KGB. Fact. There’s no such thing as Palestine or Palestinians and there never was. Its all an attempt to discredit Israelis from having claim to the land. The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths. The entire idea of “Palestine” or “Palestinians” is inherently and at its genesis an anti-Semitic nothing burger created in 1967 in response to Zionism and the state of Israel which was created by King David in 1312 BC. Mohamed never came to Jerusalem, ever. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem. Sorry not sorry. I have nothing against Arabs or Muslims, but BLM is racist at every turn
    Now with high unemployment, regular electrical outages, a clean water crisis, sewage problems and covid overwhelming their health care, Hamas is looking to take them into another war. Just shows how much Hamas cares for the people. They are funded by enemies of Israel those who attach Israel on day of its rebirth in 1947, 1967 & 1973. The tragedy of Palestinians is not that they don’t have a state of their own, but that they r being held hostage by a leadership that does not learn the lessons of their accumulated defeat & humiliation.
    If Hamas, Hezbollah & their financers put down their guns there would be no more war in that region. If Israel put down their guns there would be no more Israel.” True then (1948, 1967 & 1973). True today

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