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JERUSALEM – Facebook probably isn’t going to like Nitsana Darshan-Leitner anytime soon.
The lawyer and director of Shurat HaDin — Israel Law Center has made headlines by taking terrorists to court along with any financial organizations that provide them assistance.
But now the lawyer has the social network in her sights.
Darshan-Leitner recently sued Facebook in court in New York on behalf of a terror attack victim and 20,000 other Israelis in a bid to get the company to monitor and remove posts advocating violence.
The request comes amid the latest wave of violence in Israel where a growing number of terrorists are now arming themselves with knives and other weapons and attacking individuals they can clearly identify as Jews. One of the latest attacks came Tuesday on Jerusalem’s light rail system. Imagine someone being stabbed on a streetcar during the morning rush hour simply for their religion and imagine that keeps happening across the city for weeks and you get an idea of what is happening.
But imagine that hours before an attack, the attacker publicly posted on his Facebook page what he was going to do with the hashtag “stab Jews” and he was further encouraged to do it by his Facebook friends — and then celebrated online afterwards.
Darshan-Leitner said that has been the case with many of the stabbings.
Her group — which started with the self-described “insane idea” to sue terrorists in court — wanted to do something to help fight back.
“So we decided to sue Facebook,” she said earlier this week during a talk with Canadian journalists in Jerusalem.
If Facebook knows what kind of coffee you drink or what ad to push to its users, it should be able to know when someone is advocating terrorism, Darshan-Leitner explained.
As Shurat HaDin said on its website, “calling on people to commit crimes is not constitutionally protected speech and endangers the lives of Jews and Israelis.”
Shurat HaDin will pursue the claims against Facebook on behalf of its 20,0000 clients until Facebook ensures it is not serving “as a tool for terrorists to transmit their rabble rousing messages to their followers,” the group stated.
Facebook may have a battle on its hands with Darshan-Leitner.
Newsweek described her late last year as “the woman fighting ISIS in court” and her group has won more than $2 billion in judgments for terror victims.
“The money is the oxygen to terrorism,” she added.
Facebook told The Independent last month that Darshan-Leitner’s lawsuit is “without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves.
“We want people to feel safe when using Facebook,” a spokesman told that newspaper. “There is no place for content encouraging violence, direct threats, terrorism or hate speech on Facebook. As a community of nearly 1.5 billion people, we have a set of community standards to help people understand what is allowed on Facebook, and we urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate and take swift action.”