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Fatah protests closure of its Facebook page, says they will establish alternative pages

Headline: "A picture of late President Arafat causes the closure of the Fatah Movement's Facebook page"
       "The 'Facebook' social media administration closed the Fatah Movement's page on the site. According to the movement, the Facebook administration notified it that the reason for the closure was the posting of a picture of late President Yasser Arafat, in which he is seen holding a Kalashnikov rifle that had been in the possession of an Israeli soldier - after [the soldier] was captured in Beirut in the '80s - and next to him [current Fatah Deputy Chairman and] leadership member Mahmoud Al-Aloul.
Head of information at the Fatah Movement Bureau (sic., Commission) of Mobilization and Organization Munir Al-Jaghoub told the [independent Palestinian] news agency Wattan: 'The Facebook administration closed the page, which has approximately 70,000 followers, and said that the reason for the closure was that the picture contradicts Facebook's standards.' He added that 'The admin pages that manage this page were blocked for a period of 30 days.'
Al-Jaghoub noted that they were warned by the Facebook administration that the page would be removed if they continued to post pictures like this, and said: 'In the past approximately four warnings reached us before [the page] was closed today [Feb. 28, 2017].'
He responded to the closure by saying: 'There are Facebook pages of settlers who post pictures of weapons and weapon training, and [Facebook] does not oppose them. The Facebook administration claims that it is not receiving complaints about these pages. This is in addition to the pages of ISIS, which every day post scenes of murder, slaughter, and weapons, and which have approximately a quarter of a million followers - and they are not closed or blocked.'
Al-Jaghoub continued: 'This page belongs to the [Palestinian] National Liberation Movement (i.e., Fatah), not a gang. It has had historical glory since the day of its founding.'
He also emphasized that they will establish an alternative page and new accounts, as this is the second time that the movement's page was closed; approximately a year and a half ago the Facebook administration closed this page when it had 200,000 followers."
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PMW note: On Mar. 1, 2017, Facebook reinstated Fatah's account. 

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