After Cloudflare severed ties with a popular neo-Nazi website, a leading advocacy group demands that Hamas terrorists be held to the same standard as white supremacists.
Following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a young woman was killed by a white supremacist in a vehicular attack that was eerily reminiscent of Islamic terror attacks in Israel, France, Spain, and England, a leading internet services company took action to stop working with a prominent neo-Nazi website to whom it had provided services.
While the website had a lengthy history of hate speech, anti-Semitism, and racism, its content following the Charlottesville murder, which included a derisive piece about the victim, Cloudflare claimed it crossed the line by saying that Cloudflare supported its work.
While Cloudflare’s decision to take a stand against hate speech may be commendable, the move has left legal experts wondering why the company holds Islamic terrorists to a different standard than neo-Nazis and white supremacists. In fact, the Israeli organization Shurat HaDin, which takes legal action against individuals and corporations that provide support to terrorists, has challenged Cloudflare for extending to the Hamas terrorist organization services it needs to carry out its activities, which include murdering and maiming civilians.
According to a letter sent by Shurat HaDin president Nitsana Darshan-Leitner to the company, “By providing Hamas support, Cloudflare aids and abets terrorist attacks and make itself liable for the dangerous violence being perpetrated,” reported the Washington Times.
“This is not a matter of free speech. We are urging the company to comply with U.S. law,” Darshan-Leitner warned, alluding to the fact that Hamas is in fact a US-designated terror organization.
Cloudflare has run into problems in the past for extending services to terrorists, including providing internet security to the Islamic State’s top online chat forums.
The thrust of Shurat HaDin’s charges against Cloudflare is that Islamic terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Islamic State “have amassed higher body counts than American neo-Nazi sympathizers,” explained the Washington Times.
Shurat HaDin has amassed an impressive record in its fight to “bankrupt terrorism, one lawsuit at a time.” Out of around 60 cases filed, the organization has lost only two cases, netting over $1 billion in judgments, freezing more than $600 million in terrorist assets, and collecting $120 million worth of payments.
By: United with Israel Staff
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