Facebook to Reactivate Israeli Arab Journalist's Page

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Facebook promised to reactivate Khaled Abu Toameh's page, the social networking site told The Commentator.

Facebook notified Toameh Tuesday that his page had been deactivated for a post it claimed violated its "terms of use."

"You posted an item that violated our Terms of Use, and this item has been removed. Among other things, content that is hateful, threatening, or obscene is not allowed, nor is content that attacks an individual or group. Continued misuse of Facebook's features could result in your account being disabled," Facebook stated in the notification.

According to The Commentator, Facebook received "official" complaints from the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, while others called his posts "offensive."

Toameh, the Palestinian affairs correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, said he'd been the subject of a "smear campaign" in large part for exposing corruption in the Palestinian Authority.

"All I have done recently is share some articles which have been in the Jordanian press [in Arabic] about corruption," Toameh told The Commentator.

"I am for transparency, against corruption, and yet they ban my account and continue to allow the leader of Hamas to have an account. I am not in favor of terrorism like he is," he continued. "This is an attempt to silence me. To do this to a journalist is very bad."

Toameh's articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Gatestone Institute, Sunday Times, and Daily Express, among others. He also served as senior advisor for the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank.

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