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Letter from Israel
David Frankfurter
Palestinian Media Watch censored by YouTube 
19th-Dec-2010 05:43 pm
Itamar Marcus and his relentless team at Palestinian Media Watch have been given the strangest of back-handed compliments.  In exposing the anti-Semitic hate messages broadcast by the Palestinians - especially by Palestinian Authority television and Hamas.  PMW uses YouTube as a medium to "name and shame", throwing a light on Palestinian Authority funded ads, jingles, childrens' shows, musicals,  sermons, quizzes, and other entertainment where Palestinians (especially children) are educated and encouraged to hate, extol violence and terror and to steer them away from any possibility of peace.  These shows are intended for the Arabic speaking audience in the Palestinian territories.  But PMW shows them in all their glory, translated and with commentary, so that the world can see how much pressure they will need to bring to bear to effect real change in the Palestinians if peace is ever to be a possibility.

Palestinian supporters have tried to censor the exposure of their hate and vitriol, and after many years, have finally succeeded - YouTube has closed
Palestinian Media Watch's account, claiming that it has breached YouTube policy by uploading hate speech.  To me it seems peculiar that YouTube would censor Palestinian Media Watch in its attempt to eradicate Palestinian hate eduction by "naming and shaming".

Now here's the rub.  Everyone (including Palestinian supporters) now agree that PA Television is hate speech & incitement to violence. So much so, that it's been banned from YouTube.  That same hate speech is directly paid for and closely controlled out of President Abbas' office, which is in turn largely funded by international donors - with the UK and EU leading the pack.

Aside from letting all our friends know of this preposterous situation, protesting to YouTube, and asking your local media why they don't cover this censorship, I suggest that we should ask our elected representatives why taxpayers money is being poured into violence and corruption - including the corruption of the minds of children.  Why are governments propping up a regime that pushes hatred and war instead of peace?  When will the world show in action that it understands what REALLY stands in the way of peace in the Arab-Israel conflict?
19th-Dec-2010 08:34 pm (UTC) - Palestinian Media Watch censored by YouTube
I wrote the following letter to YouTube December 19, 2010 YouTube, LLC 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA USA Dear You Tube It is my understanding that You Tube has banned Palestinian Watch. With due respect, this is wrongheaded. PW is not a propagator of hate but the reverse. Its mission is solely to expose hate so Western governments, organizations and people can see, understand and combat hateful propaganda. Arabic government sponsored hate propaganda is exposed because PW translates and outs their message. Otherwise we in the West will only hear the politically correct English broadcasts and not what they are telling their own people in Arabic. While I appreciate some people here might watch PW because they buy into the hateful messages translated into English, the purpose and value of PW is to expose these hateful messages so we, its victims can be aware and respond to it. Your decision to remove PW only aids the hateful propagandists because they will continue to get away with broadcasting hate to their audience in Arabic while spouting a deceptively passive English message to the west. This leaves us defenseless to understand and unprepared to defend against hate. PW exposure of unvarnished propaganda to the world speaks to the potential power, value and benefit YouTube can bring. So if YouTube’s true objective is to combat hate propaganda, then please allow PW to continue its vital work. Sincerely, Alan Perlmutter, London ON Canada
19th-Dec-2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
you will be pleased to know that on closer inspection of the site, there are still a number of Videos that can be seen on your site. The message is still very clear with or without the images.
19th-Dec-2010 10:43 pm (UTC) - YouTube ban of PalWatch
Hi David
This is a completely outrageous situation! I would like to complain to Youtube. I tried the link for Security-
Abuse issues but it didn't seem to be the appropriate place because of its specific questions that did
not relate to our issue. Which section/email contact do you recommend we complain to?
Hope you are all well
20th-Dec-2010 06:41 am (UTC) - Re: YouTube ban of PalWatch
Good question! Like many Google companies, this social network is not very social and seems to prefer that real human beings don't contact it. Especially not electronically.
There are some addresses here http://www.youtube.com/t/contact_us
You can contact YouTube at the address below.

YouTube, LLC
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: +1 650-253-0000
Fax: +1 650-253-0001
20th-Dec-2010 12:21 am (UTC) - YouTube is suppressing the truth - Reinstate Palestinian Media Watch
By Tube disallowing PMW to continue its reporting of the truth from the fields of jihad and terrorism, it contributes to the ongoing danger the Arabs pause to the Israelis and prevents Israelis to obtain PMW vital information that, in many cases, saves lives in Israel. But it is not only the Israelis that PMW reporting is important to. USA congress receives briefings from PMW that help Congress have a better understanding the mindset of terror societies in the Middle East, what they inclined to and what they say or how they act, which the USA is up against as well.
Shutting down of PMW account may be about dirty politics YouTube bought into. It is all about, in the interest of the dishonest brokers of truth, named the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. This objective they accomplish through the use of their media, education curriculum as well as "cultural" structures it controls. The PA has been, and is, actively promoting religious hatred, demonization, mostly of Jews and Israel, conspiracy, libels, and murderous inclinations. This is what PMW exposes, through its YouTube channel, to Israelis, Jews and all those who wish to know the truth. These are the warnings of danger PMW provides to civilized society, to all humanity, through its YouTube videos.
PMW has been a very important and well informing source of what the Palestinians and the Arab world say in their own words. The pro-terrorist cyber-bullies should not be able to censor valuable educational resources like PMW.
If YouTube is not aware of it yet, we are at war with Islamofascism, which PMW exposes.
YouTube should immediately reinstate PMW’s account and allow it to continue posting the truth. After all, PMW simply replays mainly the PA, but also other Arab countries' television broadcasts. And the PA TV, from where these horrific programs are broadcast, is funded by the European Union (EU), thus making the EU complicit in sponsoring hate speech.
Incitement and hate speeches kill, thus must be told, exposed and prevented.
Does YouTube wish to be complicit to suppressing the truth about those broadcasts? I hope not.
20th-Dec-2010 06:59 am (UTC) - Partial victory!
Update, 20 December: It seems that public pressure has forced YouTube to reinstate PMW's account, although doubt remains whether all the videos are again viewable.
21st-Dec-2010 07:20 am (UTC) - Palestinain Media Watch
Only yesterday in a message from the New Israel Fund, Saeb Erakat and Mahmoud Abas were being described as "arch-moderates"! Where do the members of the NIF live, what planet are they on?
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