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Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers 478

Jeremiah Cornelius writes "According to a report by the Associated Press, protesters have been stopped in their tracks after Facebook aided Israel in cracking down on the group of activists from the UK, France, and Belgium who planned their event using the popular social networking site. Facebook allowed government agents to track the activists activities and then create a black-list of people who participated in the planning of the protests. The black-listed group was then forwarded to airlines with instructions to prevent the activists from boarding air flights to Israel. Over 200 activists were prevented from flying after being added to the airlines terrorism watch list, according the the AP report. Was Julian Assange correct, when he warned that Facebook was a giant, 'appalling spy machine'?"
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Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers

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  • Terrorism wha list? (Score:5, Informative)

    by radio4fan ( 304271 ) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @06:21AM (#36710048)

    Where does it say in the article that they were added to the 'terrorism watch list'?

    In fact the Israelis told the airlines that the people on the list would not be allowed to enter Israel, so the airlines prevented them from flying.

    There's no mention of terrorism: the submitter made that bit up.

  • Some Clarity... (Score:2, Informative)

    by RL78 ( 1968236 ) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @06:42AM (#36710112)
    This story isn't about Facebook, as a company helping Israel blacklist these activists. This is a story about how Facebook's service was used as a tool to compile this blacklist. Slashdot, nor the linked article mean to imply that FB, the company actively provided any assistance other than what the service already provides, to everyone. When it's said the Facebook aided Israel in spying on the activist, the correct context again is that Israel used Facebook's services which aided in monitoring these individuals, in the same way FB aided the activists in coordinating their efforts.
  • Re:Oh, big wow. (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 10, 2011 @07:10AM (#36710234)

    "War of conquest" Are you f***** kidding me? The land in question was obtained when Israel was attacked by their _neighbor's_ was of conquest. Really, there may be things one could protest about Israel (or any other country) but making stuff up doesn't help your cause at all. Learn some real history, not whatever crap was spouted out at your compound, before you start complaining about stuff you don't really understand.

  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @07:25AM (#36710290) Homepage

    I can't but the Pacific side of WW2 could have shown you a few.

  • by jovius ( 974690 ) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @07:57AM (#36710418)

    Flotilla is a statement against the Gaza blockade AKA collective punishment on general civilian population. Hamas only slightly won Fatah in the elections, and Hamas got the votes of about 30% of the population. The gazans are suffering because of small number of islamists and their israeli counterparts, who wish to have the palestinian areas fully included in a Greater Israel.

    Polarizing the issue leads the public astray, because the real issue are the palestinians who are exploited by multitude of parties to promote their selfish political agendas. Every single death of any nationality or religion of any of the sides is exhaustively politicized and used as a straw man to polarize the conflict even more.

    If the human rights were universally applied Israel and palestinians would live in either two distinct nations or in one nation of Israel, which by definition would not be a Jewish state. Because of the insistence of having a distinct Jewish state which many say should encompass all palestinian areas too the palestinians are bound to suffer, and because the islamists are promoting their narrow minded ideology the palestinians (of which small number are actually Christians and Jewish) are bound to suffer too.

    The conflict history is full of provocative acts by any of the sides and the real moral high ground is with jewish conscientous objectors and human rights activists as well as their arab counterparts. Sustaining the black&white distinctions is essential for promoting the violent nationalistic objectives of either side, and much of the global cheer is directed for or against the sides (which they both like) instead of directing the energy to protect the civilian populations against the exploitation.

    The conflict is rotten from the core and almost everything in it is totally corrupted including the Flotillas to some extent. Somewhere on the road the civilians continue their suffering and play their part in the charade.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 10, 2011 @08:16AM (#36710474)

    Yes except that to NOT be able to enter Israël you need a REASON.

      Basically when the Israeli government doesn't want you to come you're put on a terrorism watchlist.

      You know even the most militaristic head-fucked-crazy government (like Israel has right now) must fit into some sort of a legal paradigm.

  • Re:Oh, big wow. (Score:5, Informative)

    by TapeCutter ( 624760 ) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @09:18AM (#36710762) Journal

    The country was created and given to them by a UN resolution

    This is a common myth, particularly in the US. What actually happened was that contrary to the plans of the UN/UK/US to split Palestine in two, the Jewish Agency (zionists) unilaterally declared indepenence in 1948 and called themselves Israel [], which in turn triggered the "war of conquest" with the Arabs. The UN did not recognise Isreal as a legitimate state until 1949, there was no other realistic choice since Israel had already established themselves as a state by winning a war against several Arab states.

    btw; Before the zionists declared independence the area did not belong to the Arabs, it was technically a part of the British empire who conqured it during WW1..

  • Re:Oh, big wow. (Score:2, Informative)

    by seyyah ( 986027 ) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @10:59AM (#36711430)

    Wars of conquest are prosecuted by aggressors. Every war Israel has been involved in has either been started by Arabs (War of Independence, Yom Kippur, War of Attrition), in response to being denied access to the Suez Canal, blockade of the Gulf of Aqaba and attacks from the Gaza Strip(Sinai War, Six day War) . The only reason Israel exists today is due to these defensive wars. The only land they occupy has been used as bases by aggressors.

    Who started the 6-day war? Israel.
    Who started the Suez war? Britain-France-Israel.

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