The pro-Israel group Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is circulating a petition asking Twitter not to allow the terrorist group Hamas to use its social media platform.
"When it comes to Israel’s military campaign, there is little that we in America can do to help. But when it comes to this second conflict -- the so-called 'Twitter war' -- there is something important we can do. The fact is that it’s illegal for an American company like Twitter to provide services to Hamas in the first place. We must demand that Hamas be banned from Twitter," Pastor John Hagee and CUFI executive director David Brog write in an email to members of their group.
"The United States government has designated Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Under federal law, it’s illegal for any American company to provide 'material support' to terrorists. The law specifically notes that material support includes the provision of any 'service' or 'communications equipment.' Twitter is currently providing Hamas terrorists with an important 'service' and with powerful “communications equipment” that are crucial to furthering its primary terrorist objectives," write Hagee and Brog.
The fact that a terrorist organization like Hamas with so much Israeli and American blood on its hands can use a service like Twitter is outrageous. But there’s something you can do to stop it. Click here now to ask Twitter and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ban Hamas from Twitter!
And here's the text of the petition organized by Christians United for Israel:
Ban Hamas from Twitter
Dear [Decision Maker],
As an American citizen who is concerned about global terrorism, I was deeply disturbed to learn that your company is permitting the terrorist organization Hamas to use your services to spread its message and accomplish its goals.
The United States government has designated Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Under 18 U.S.C. 2339A, it is illegal for any U.S. Company to provide "material support" to a terrorist organization. This prohibited material support specifically includes "services" and "communications equipment." By allowing Hamas to have a Twitter account, you are providing it with an important "service" and extremely effective "communications equipment" which are central to its primary mission of terrorizing the Israeli people and using civilian deaths to score political points.
In its February 2010 opinion in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the United States Supreme Court stressed that support for terrorists need not be directly linked to the commission of violent attacks to violate the material support statute.
In addition, permitting Hamas to use Twitter violates your own Terms of Service. In particular, I'd refer you to those portions of your rules which limit use of your service to those who "are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States" and which prohibit the use of your service "in furtherance of illegal activities."
I therefore demand that you observe both United States law and your own Terms of Service by immediately banning Hamas, the Izzadeen Al-Qassam Brigades and any related entities from operating Twitter accounts (e.g. @AlqassamBrigade). I have cc'd the local office of the United States Attorney on this e-mail so that they can weigh appropriate legal measures in the event that you continue to permit terrorists to use your services.
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