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Syria - Facebook Faces Boycott for Putting the Golan Heights in Israel

Published on: September 16, 2009 08:01 AM
By:  Telegraph
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Syria - Until last week, Facebook followed the lead of the United Nations, Britain, the United States and the European Union, which all regard the Golan Heights as occupied territory.

As a result, Facebook members in Israeli-controlled parts of the Golan found that they were automatically designated as residents of Syria when they submitted biographical details to their profiles.

That automatic designation angered Jewish settlers in the region who use the website and they set up a protest group entitled “Facebook, Golan residents live in Israel, not Syria,” which attracted over 2,500 members.

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The protest was spearheaded by Honest Reporting, a watchdog which monitors the media for what it considers to be biased reporting against Israel.

The campaign proved a success and since last week residents of the largely Jewish settlements and towns of the Golan are now automatically designated as residents of Israel.

According to al-Quds al-Arabi, an Arabic-language newspaper based in London, Syria has launched a campaign calling for a boycott of Facebook because of the decision.

Access to the website will also be restricted in Damascus as a result of the move.
Syria has blocked access to popular websites such as Youtube in the past.


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 Sep 16, 2009 at 07:17 AM the truth hurts Says:

The power of the Arab boycotters and press is huge, and they have been calling the shots in the Middle East for the longest of times. The Arab world has changed every fictional fact into an accurate one is hurting us yidden on a daily basis.

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 07:24 AM Useless Says:

Syrians can use a proxy to log into facebook like many workers do while at work. All you doing is requiring an extra 5 secs.
The Arabs always threaten boycott when the truth is shown, its about time to call their bluff

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 08:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Boo Hoo! I mean seriously, is anyone going to really miss them? I say stay out of Facebook! No one wants you there. Facebook did fine years before they ever heard of that website, back when it was just for college AMERICAN folks...

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 09:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Useless Says:

Syrians can use a proxy to log into facebook like many workers do while at work. All you doing is requiring an extra 5 secs.
The Arabs always threaten boycott when the truth is shown, its about time to call their bluff

Dear Useless.

I would much obliged if you teach me how exactly to circumvent the restrictions and log in by proxy.

Thanks in advance.

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 10:59 AM Anonymous Says:

sounds like a textbook example of "cutting off one's nose to spite their face"

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM Reb Yid Says:

LOL I'm sure Facebook will suffer tremendously because of the lack of Syrian activity.

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 02:45 PM Anonymous Says:

why call them "settlers" - they are RESIDENTS OF THE GOLAN

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 Sep 16, 2009 at 03:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Lets call the Syrians bluff and let them all get off of facebook. I dont think F'book should care. I know I certainly dont!

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 Sep 17, 2009 at 06:00 AM Fact Says:

Actually facebook is in the top 10 most popular websites in the Arab world

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 Sep 17, 2009 at 02:54 AM Useless Says:

#4 Do you need a proxy to log into facebook from work or appear to log in from another country? Contact me : fleishik @ gmail .com

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