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Israeli group sues Facebook over Palestinian violence

  • FILE --  In this March 11, 2016 file photo, US military officers stand around the coffin of American Taylor Force, a 28-year-old MBA student at Vanderbilt University and a West Point graduate, who was killed in a stabbing attack, during a private ceremony, at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. An Israeli rights group said Monday, July 11, 2016 that five families of victims of Palestinian attacks, including the family of Force, are suing Facebook, alleging the social network has provided militants with a platform for spreading incitement. The Shurat Hadin group says it's representing the families in the $1 billion lawsuit that claims Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by providing a service to militant groups that helps them in "recruiting, radicalizing, and instructing terrorists."  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE -- In this March 11, 2016 file photo, US military officers stand around the coffin of American Taylor Force, a 28-year-old MBA student at Vanderbilt University and a West Point graduate, who was killed in a stabbing attack, during a private ceremony, at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. An Israeli rights group said Monday, July 11, 2016 that five families of victims of Palestinian attacks, including the family of Force, are suing Facebook, alleging the social network has provided militants with a platform for spreading incitement. The Shurat Hadin group says it's representing the families in the $1 billion lawsuit that claims Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by providing a service to militant groups that helps them in "recruiting, radicalizing, and instructing terrorists." (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE --  In this March 11, 2016 file photo, US military officers stand around the coffin of American Taylor Force, a 28-year-old MBA student at Vanderbilt University and a West Point graduate, who was killed in a stabbing attack, during a private ceremony, at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. An Israeli rights group said Monday, July 11, 2016 that five families of victims of Palestinian attacks, including the family of Force, are suing Facebook, alleging the social network has provided militants with a platform for spreading incitement. The Shurat Hadin group says it's representing the families in the $1 billion lawsuit that claims Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by providing a service to militant groups that helps them in "recruiting, radicalizing, and instructing terrorists."  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE -- In this March 11, 2016 file photo, US military officers stand around the coffin of American Taylor Force, a 28-year-old MBA student at Vanderbilt University and a West Point graduate, who was killed in a stabbing attack, during a private ceremony, at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. An Israeli rights group said Monday, July 11, 2016 that five families of victims of Palestinian attacks, including the family of Force, are suing Facebook, alleging the social network has provided militants with a platform for spreading incitement. The Shurat Hadin group says it's representing the families in the $1 billion lawsuit that claims Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by providing a service to militant groups that helps them in "recruiting, radicalizing, and instructing terrorists." (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Israeli rights group says it's suing Facebook for $1 billion on behalf of families of victims of Palestinian attacks.

The Shurat Hadin group is claiming the social network provides militant groups with a platform for spreading violence. It says it's filing the suit in a New York court on Monday.

The victims cited in the suit were all American. The plaintiffs include the family of Taylor Force, a 28-year-old American veteran who was stabbed to death by a Palestinians attacker while visiting Israel in March.

Shurat Hadin says Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by allowing groups such as the Islamic militant Hamas to disseminate their messages on Facebook.

The lawsuit comes as Israel is considering how to contain what it sees as Palestinian incitement on social media.