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Following a report in The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, video-sharing website
YouTube reinstated Palestinian Media Watch’s channel on Monday.
had removed the channel, which exposes anti- Israel incitement broadcast on Arab
media, for violating its community guidelines on hate speech. PMW director
Itamar Marcus claims Palestinian Authority officials were behind the
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“I am convinced that this was an attempt by the Palestinian
Authority to remove the videos and close us down. It’s part of a
pattern. Everywhere we go, they constantly come at us,” said
Marcus said that the Palestinians wanted to shut down PMW because it provided
the world with proof of Palestinian incitement against Israel.
that were removed all showed examples of hate speech propagated against Israelis
and Jews, material that, according to Marcus, the Palestinians preferred to keep
hidden from wide viewing.
“They can’t attack what we say because the
material speaks for itself, so they try to delegitimize us and take advantage of
YouTube’s automated system to remove our material from the Internet,” said
Marcus said that he was glad that the videos were back up, but
said that there were still problems in the system.
He said that searching
for the videos individually was now more difficult because the automatically
generated ranking system had been altered and videos that had been viewed
hundreds of thousands of times were not given the high ranking they should have
Marcus said he hoped it was only a technical glitch and that it
would be remedied in the upcoming days.
“It seems someone, or some group
of new media anti-Israel activists, is gaming the system,” said Dr. Andre
Oboler, the director of the Community Internet Engagement Project at the Zionist
Federation of Australia, in an interview with Honestreporting.com.
are taking advantage of YouTube’s automated and semi-automated systems to push
their agenda slowly through the system. First one complaint, then a
until eventually the goal is achieved and the channel itself is
shut down,” Oboler said. “Until YouTube can improve the system, and recognize
when people are trying to ‘trick’ the system into doing what they want, rather
than what it is intended to do, we all have a serious problem.”
added, “For now, YouTube needs to find the accounts that are causing these
problems and deactivate them.
This problem is far greater than
Palestinian Media Watch, though the damage done to them must be fixed, and an
apology wouldn’t hurt either.”
Marcus said he had never heard from
YouTube representatives, either before or after the videos were
’s request for an explanation also had yet to be