By COLlive reporter
A Jewish resident of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood was punished by Facebook for openly expressing her concern over the repeated attacks against Jews in the area.
The woman, who asked not to be named out of fear of retaliation by neighbors, told COLlive.com that the social media giant blocked her from entering the website for 30 days.
Her original comment, posted on a Facebook group about Lubavitch and local issues on Tuesday, read:
“When are local politicians going to address the problem of black on Jewish crime here in Crown Heights? You never hear of Jews beating up or attacking blacks. But every few months there is another string of black on Jewish crimes.
“Since I have lived in Crown Heights, I have heard of blacks assaulting, pulling knives on and robbing Jewish people in the neighborhood. In latest incident, a Jewish man had his nose broken by a group of blacks kids during Shabbos. When will this end? And when can we start walking the streets at night again without fear?”
Not long after writing it, Facebook notified her: “We removed one of your posts because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards. We created our standards to help make Facebook a safe place for people to connect with the world around them.”
Facebook also offered her, “If you think your posts shouldn’t have been removed, you can reply to this message with more information and we’ll review the post again.”
The Jewish woman wrote back: “I was just stating facts. It is a fact that we have black on Jewish crime here in Crown Heights. It is something that needs to be addressed. I am not racist. I am just stating facts. The Jewish community lives in fear after several attacks including one where a Jewish man’s nose was broken on Friday.”
She has yet to receive a reply.
In a conversation with COLlive.com, she said that she was troubled by the incident.
“I feel the ban is unfair. People don’t get banned for threats, anti-Semitism or harassment. But they get banned for the truth about crime here in Crown Heights and pro-Israel posts. Seems ridiculous to me.”