The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression website is gone. Kevin Metcalf, a main contributor to CJFE, describes how the website – and his job – met a sudden death after the organization condemned the targeting of journalists in Gaza by Israel. Metcalf writes that this censorship was caused by public employees exerting “undue influence over a civil society group, on behalf of a foreign government.”
Facebook continues to violate Palestinian free speech, this time by shutting down – without warning – Safa Palestinian Press Agency, a major news outlet. This in spite of the great amount of anti-Palestinian incitement on Israeli Facebook accounts, including that of justice minister Ayelet Shaked. This bowing to Israeli pressure does not bode well for other social media (or for Palestinian free speech).
Numerous projects work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. The projects utilize Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube. One works out of Jewish Community Centers in the U.S…
Facebook deleting accounts at direction of Israel; In 2012 Zuckerberg helped Israeli President launch Facebook page
Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders. In 2012 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped former Israeli President Peres launch his Facebook page.
Alex Cocotas writes in The Forward that the Etzel House, an Israeli museum dedicated to the Irgun (a Jewish paramilitary group led by future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin), gives Israeli students “invented history.” In reality, the Irgun committed many acts of “rank terrorism.” Israeli textbooks also sanitize Israeli history…
The internet is buzzing with reports that Oliver Stone had things to say about Israel which the network chose not to broadcast, showing how reluctant mainstream media is to portray Israel in anything but a positive light. Here is just one of many reports.
Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, commended the bill for encouraging the adoption of a uniform definition of anti-Semitism, which focuses on Israel, that law enforcement officials would then use…
IAK INVESTIGATION: For two decades, some Israeli officials and partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”
Khalaf writes that the UN report on Israeli apartheid was removed due to pressure by states who violate the rights of people going through a period of suffering unparalleled in their modern history… the flood of catastrophes today is the result of a stream of injustices that were either ignored, plastered over, or openly endorsed by powerful governments…”
Following Israeli & US pressure, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres forced a UN agency to remove a report that found “on the basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid.” The chief of the agency that published the report resigned over the censorship…
Various news outlets are reporting that Google will begin flagging content that is “upsetting” or “offensive.” The question for people following the Israeli-Palestinian issue and efforts to define criticism of Zionism as anti-Semitism is whether Google’s editors will deem humanitarian criticism “offensive” or “upsetting” to those criticized.
The ADL is building a “a state-of-the-art command center” to monitor and fight anything online that it determines is “hate,” and says it “will leverage ADL’s long-standing relationships with law enforcement“ in this project. The ADL is known for attacking individuals who criticize Israel as allegedly “anti-Semitic.” Its website states: “ADL has always been a strong voice for Israel…”
Stuart Littlewood writes in Redressonline.com about efforts to censor Israel Apartheid week events at UK universities: “Who had the impudence to change our values regarding free speech?”
Avi Shlaim, on Al Jazeera: ‘Israeli propagandists deliberately conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in order to discredit, bully, and muzzle critics of Israel; in order to suppress free speech; and in order to divert attention from the real issues: Israeli colonialism, Israel’s apartheid, its systematic violation of the human rights of Palestinians, and its denial of their right to independence and statehood. The propagandists persistently present an anti-racist movement (anti-Zionism) as a racist one (anti-Semitism)…’
Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt repeatedly stated the “fact” of Iraq’s hidden WMD and mocked anyone who doubted it. Even after the U.S. government acknowledged that the WMD allegations were a myth – a classic case of “fake news” – almost no one who had pushed the fabrication was punished. The “fake news” stigma didn’t apply to Hiatt and other journalists who actually did produce “fake news,” even though it led to the deaths of 4,500 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. To this day, Hiatt remains the Post’s editorial-page editor.