07/11/2016 09:05 EDT | Updated 07/11/2016 09:59 EDT

Facebook Sued For $1 Billion Over Palestinian Violence

The victims are families of Americans.


JERUSALEM -- 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.