A children’s speech pathologist refuses to sign a will-not-boycott-Israel oath: she loses her job, an unknown number of children lose her advocacy. She notes how outlandish it is that she is not required to uphold the interests of the United States, or Texas, or children, but a foreign country.
As The Intercept has repeatedly documented, the most frequent victims of official campus censorship are not conservative polemicists but pro-Palestinian activists, and the greatest and most severe threat posed to free speech throughout the west is aimed at Israel critics.
Troves of looted Palestinian books, documents, photographs and films from as early as the 1930s are sealed in Israel’s archives and libraries. Palestinians see the censorship as part of a wider trend of physical and cultural erasure continues to this day. Concealing the archival record denies Palestinians the tools to communicate their own history.
Many social media users have probably noticed a massive censorship campaign in recent months. Many blame it on “The Left” trying to prevent their political opponents from influencing public discourse. But this video 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.
By Philip Giraldi. The ADL, with its $64 million operating budget, is in the forefront of limiting free speech, thus limiting information available to Americans and narrowing governmental policy options… Some organizations critical of US and Israeli policies have seen their gmail and Facebook pages shut down.
Leaked clips from film, pulled by Qatar in bid to appease U.S. Jewish community, show ‘astroturfing’ by college students involved with right-wing think tank, claim to reveal top U.S. donor of BDS blacklist.
The Forward reports today that U.S. presidents have signed secret documents promising Israel not to ask it to give up its undeclared nuclear arsenal. According to U.S. law, it is illegal to give U.S. aid to Israel.
The Left Forum board of directors has rejected a panel on Palestine by If Americans Knew. The panel, which was to include a discussion of censorship among its topics, was to consist of a Muslim Palestinian refugee immigrant, two American women, and a Palestinian-Colombian-American man…
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).
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.
The website of the Forward recently published an opinion piece by political hitman Spencer Sunshine, in which he slammed the American Left and specific individuals, including Alison Weir, yet has failed to publish Weir’s response.
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.”