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An Israel-based international lawfare group is preparing a class-action suit against the heads of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation for spurring viewers to commit terrorist attacks against Jews, The Algemeiner has learned.
Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center intends to sue Riyad al-Hassan and Ahmed Assaf for war crimes at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, after collecting thousands of signatures from plaintiffs, according to a video on its website and Facebook page.
Shurat HaDin told Army Radio on Wednesday that there is a precedent for such a suit, citing the lengthy prison sentences received by the heads of Rwanda’s TV and radio authority for war crimes, following incitement to murder during the civil war in that country.
In its campaign to garner plaintiffs for the suit, Shurat HaDin produced a video clip showing famous US TV personalities – such as Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres – with their voices dubbed over, ostensibly calling on viewers to kill Muslims. The clip then proceeds to present popular American cartoon characters saying the same thing, then moves on to show actual broadcasts from PA-controlled TV.
It concludes with the narrator saying: “Of course, American TV would never really call for the murder of Muslims. But Palestinian TV incites for the murder of innocent Jews every single day.”
This is not the first time The Algemeiner has reported on Shurat HaDin targeting incitement. In October, the organization – founded and run by attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner – collected signatures for a class-action suit against Facebook, accusing it of not doing enough to counter Arabic-language pages containing antisemitic images and calls to commit violence against Israelis and Jews.
In January, it conducted an experiment that involved creating an antisemitic Facebook page and an anti-Palestinian one, and waiting to see which, if either, was removed. While the latter was instantly deemed in violation of Facebook’s “community standards,” it took six full days and numerous complaints by users, for the former to be taken down.
Later that same month, Shurat HaDin launched another campaign, to raise money for billboards to be placed in the area of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s house in Palo Alto, California – urging the social media giant, “Don’t Kill Us.”