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Twitter suspends account of Hamas armed wing
Published Thursday 23/01/2014 (updated) 14/02/2014 21:21
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Militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades stage an anti-Israel
parade marking the first anniversary of an Israeli army operation in the
Gaza Strip on Nov. 14, 2013 (AFP/File Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- A Twitter account of Hamas' armed wing has been suspended by administrators, the Islamist movement said Thursday, accusing the social media site of censorship.

The account of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, @AlqassamBrigade, appeared to have been suspended several times over the past week, and was still inaccessible with a "suspended" notice on Thursday.

A spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, accused Twitter of suppressing freedom of speech and of pandering to the political agenda of Hamas's sworn enemy Israel.

"This is proof of the moral bankruptcy of the (Israeli) occupation in fighting any vocal resistance to it, and is an attempt to wipe out the truth and hide the crimes of the Zionist occupation against Palestinian civilians," spokesman Abu Obaida wrote to AFP.

"Twitter's administration are exercising double standards. They're giving credibility to the Zionist (Israeli) army, allowing it to practise its terrorism against the innocent and use its Twitter account to wage threats.

"But they're censoring the Qassam Brigades account, which exposes the hostilities of the terrorist Zionist army and shows the truth.

"This is a clear violation of Twitter's rules and regulations," he said.

A Twitter spokesperson refused to comment, telling AFP: "We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons."

During the last full-scale conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Qassam Brigades and Israel's army engaged in a heated propaganda war on Twitter.

The Qassam Brigades also operate an Arabic-language account @Qassam_Arabic, and the Hebrew-language @qassamhebrew, both of which were working on Thursday.
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1 ) Twitter / Google
24/01/2014 00:09
Hamas can submit their complaints to UN, UNESCO, FIFA and UEFA. Hamas can also start open end strike to protest Twitter decision and call for global twitter's boycott.

2 ) Hamas Fan / Ard Rabbina
24/01/2014 22:59
I wonder if the IDF were disappointed, because it was said that at one point Hamas tweets were 'favourite'.

3 ) Jack Daniels / Ireland
25/01/2014 19:13
I love this photo and the accompanying caption ''Militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades stage an anti-Israel parade marking the first anniversary of an Israeli army operation in the Gaza Strip on Nov. 14, 2013 (AFP/File Mahmud Hams)''. They are all having a sit-in, not a parade.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/02/2014 09:42
The IDF's account has been suspended as well, I take it.

5 ) Ray Hanania / USA
23/02/2014 06:24
It shows you once again how Arabs submit to Western oppression. They should boycott Twitter and support their own social medias. Twitter is no different than the dictators they assert they are helping to expose.

6 ) red / usa
01/04/2014 05:10
Twitter is twaddle! Long live Qassam Brigades!
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