Twitter “temporarily suspended” the account of Deputy Knesset Speaker, MK Bezalel Smotrich, after he posted that Palestinian child prisoner Ahed Tamimi should have been shot in the kneecap.
According to Haaretz, the MK’s account was suspended for 12 hours and he was instructed to delete the tweet; Smotrich “said he would refuse and would appeal Twitter’s demand that he do so”.
Twitter suspends Bezalel Smotrich over his 'tweet' that Ahed Tamimi should have been shot in the kneecap https://t.co/AwmqjXwRh4
— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) April 23, 2018
The report stated that,
“Twitter determined that the post was abusive and could incite people to harass, terrorize or silence an individual”.
Responding, Smotrich said Twitter’s reaction was,
“a new record in silencing people. Apparently, freedom of speech is reserved for just for one side of the political map. I stand behind every word in that tweet”.
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) April 24, 2018
On Saturday, Smotrich tweeted:
“In my opinion, she [Tamimi] should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap. That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life”.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)