"Shurat HaDin's lawsuits against Facebook (this one and another, filed in 2015, which complains that Facebook's tools for connecting people with similar interests as "[allow] Palestinian terrorists to incite violent attacks against Israeli citizens and Jews on its internet platform") are, in a word, "lawfare": "Asymmetric warfare carried out through abuse of legal and judicial systems to accomplish military aims.
The plaintiffs include the family of 16-year-old Yaakov Naftali Fraenkel, who has abducted and murdered after hitching a ride in the West Bank, and the family of three-year-old Chaya Braun, whose stroller was intentionally struck by a Palestinian motorist in Jerusalem. Force had been on a school trip to Israel to study the tech industry.
Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by the United States.
Facebook had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, saying it had not yet received a copy.
A wave of violence that began in October a year ago has killed at least 214 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national.
The Palestinian bodies claimed they weren't responsible for the unapproved acts of low-level employees who participated in the attacks.
Nitsana Darshan Leitner is an Israeli lawyer suing Facebook for $1 billion on behalf of victims of Palestinian attacks.
But the lawyer Darshan-Leitner said such a measure, which would necessitate reporting offensive posts that would eventually be removed, would be ineffective because of the sheer volume of Facebook activity. "The real test for the owners of Facebook is to reject this (Israeli) pressure", Abu Zuhri said. Four were Israeli-U.S. dual citizens.
Moreover, while the attackers in the five incidents had links to Hamas, the militant group has stopped short of claiming responsibility for the attacks, suggesting the assailants acted on their own.
"There is no place for content encouraging violence, direct threats, terrorism or hate speech on Facebook", it said. Shurat HaDin explained, "We won't stop here". By doing so, the lawsuit says, the social media site facilitated the "terrorist group's ability to communicate, recruit members, plan and carry out attacks, and strike fear in its enemies".
Last month the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year old California college student who was murdered in last year's ISIS attack in Paris, sued Facebook, Twitter, and Google for providing what they called "material support" for the ISIS terror group.