Cybersecurity company urged to stop protecting Hamas-linked websites

Shurat Hadin is calling on Cloudflare to drop its protection of Hamas-linked websites. 

Cloudflare has come under fire for continuing to do business with terrorist groups after quickly ousting a white supremacist website. Specifically, the company still hosts accounts linked to the Palestinian Hamas terror group.

Cloudflare, a cybersecurity company, protects and accelerates websites. Once a website is a part of the Cloudflare community, its web traffic is routed through Cloudflare’s global network. By optimizing Hamas’ site, Cloudflare is essentially supporting terrorism.

Cloudflare cut ties with the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website last month after the violence in Charlottesville, but has failed to move in a similar fashion against terrorist groups.

The Shurat Hadin Law Center, an Israel-based human rights group, has launched a campaign to put pressure on Cloudflare to shut down the terror-linked accounts.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, said that while Cloudflare’s decision to cut off Daily Stormer was a choice, the company has legal obligations to stop providing assistance to US-designated terrorist groups, such as Hamas.

“This is not a matter of free speech. We are urging the company to comply with US law,” she said in a letter to Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince. “By providing Hamas support, Cloudflare aids and abets terrorist attacks and makes itself liable for the dangerous violence being perpetrated.”

She said her group will take legal action against Cloudflare if it does not comply with the law.

“There is no difference between providing social media services and Internet services, and providing money, weaponry and financial services to a terrorist organization,” Darshan-Leitner said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Hamas Cloudflare-supported site in question is named for the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, which belong to Hamas’ military wing and also operate as its media relations portal.

Shurat Hadin has previously filed challenges against Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, arguing they violated the US Anti-Terrorism Act by serving as a conduit for communications of Islamic terrorists.

By: World Isrel News Staff