Many social media users have no doubt noticed a massive, coordinated censorship campaign in recent months. Many in the alternative media blame it on “The Left” trying to prevent their political opponents from influencing public discourse. But the video above indicates that a major driving force behind these free speech-stifling activities is, in fact, the Israeli government.
Video compiled from various sources. Hebrew portions removed for brevity.
If Americans Knew
On January 25th 2018, Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Naftali Bennett, announced a new Israeli system, developed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense over the previous year, that monitors social media and provides real time data and analysis of so called “online anti-Semitism.”
According to Israel, many statements about Israel constitute “antisemitism.” In fact, an Israeli minister originated a new formulation for antisemitism in which many factual statements about Israel are supposedly “antisemitic.” Thus, this new system is often monitoring statements or information about Israel that the Israeli government dislikes.
The “Anti-semitism Cyber Monitoring System”, or ACMS allegedly examines every single post on Facebook and Twitter, uses artificial intelligence to determine whether or not to classify them as “anti-Semitic”, and then categorizes its findings according to geographic location, language, and other factors.
According to an Arutz Sheva article, the system scans around 200,000 suspected posts and tweets each day. Of these, roughly 10,000 are deemed to be “anti-Semitic.” Without access to Israel’s spreadsheet of such “antisemitic posts,” it is impossible to know how many truly constitute bigotry, and how many concern Israeli violations of human rights and/or international law.
The day after President Trump announced the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the ACMS reportedly detected 9 times as many. On that day and the day before three Palestinians attacked by Israeli forces had died, including a nine-year-old boy.
Attempting to limit the free speech of others is nothing new for Israel and its advocates. Several months ago, If Americans Knew reported on numerous programs by Israel partisans to “control the narrative” by censoring the internet. Israel has used its powerful influence over many western nations to institute Israel-centric “antisemitism” laws. Some states in the U.S. have passed such legislation, thereby potentially impeding free speech and academic inquiry.
Similarly, Israel partisans are working to outlaw boycotts against Israel, despite the fact that such civil actions have normally been considered legal, valid methods of opposing wrongdoing. In fact, many legal analysts consider the right to boycott to be protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
At the end of the video, Bennett claims that “anti-Semitism” is violence.
Even some Israel partisans oppose these Orwellian infringements on American fundamental rights. Anyone who is familiar with the Streisand Effect knows that they may ultimately produce the opposite of their intended result.
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Links referred to in the video
- International campaign is criminalizing criticism of Israel as ‘antisemitism’
- The International Campaign to Criminalize Criticism of Israel (PDF Booklet)
- Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- Israel Palestine Timeline
Pro-Israel commentators have partially censored the following video about censorship: