Facebook, Israel, Gaza & Censorship

Tony Robert Cochran

Update: Within 72 hours after Cochran’s appeal to Facebook, his Facebook writer’s page has been republished. View it here. A small, but delightful victory.

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Tony Robert Cochran (b. 1987) has had his professional Facebook writer’s page ‘unpublished’ after promoting a targeted advertising campaign in support of the protests by those in Gaza for freedom and dignity. He specifically outlined that he supported peaceful demonstrations at the Israeli-Gaza border, quoted Dr Martin Luther King Jr and expressed his solidarity. Notably, only Palestinians liked these posts, even though Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were a part of the campaign, and there is a (small) peace contingent within Israel; this means that the posts were suppressed within Israel’s borders, and that his page – which has accumulated nearly 24,000 followers – has been targeted because the of the content of its message. Israel is afraid of nonviolent protests because it cannot respond to…

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