By Aryeh Savir
YouTube blocked a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) video that exposes Fatah publicizing threats to kidnap, kill, and bomb Israelis by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Fatah. YouTube did not remove this same video from Fatah’s YouTube account, where it continues to incite to murder.
Recently, PMW exposed that Fatah, on its official Facebook Page, publicized threats to kidnap, kill, and bomb Israelis. The following is stated in the video:
“Bombard them with your fire and shoot them… Praise Allah, our Jihad fighters have managed to develop these rockets so they will reach the Zionist depth [Israel]… We in the Al-Aqsa Brigades are preparing to kidnap Zionist soldiers to settle accounts with the Zionist enemy… Be like Yasser [Arafat] – do not fear them. Death is in your cup – make them drink… With these rockets we will crush the Zionist enemy.”
YouTube has decided to block PMW’s Hebrew version of this video, claiming the video violates YouTube’s “policy on depiction of harmful activities.” The policy, as seen on YouTube’s site, states: “While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers might do in response, we draw the line at content that intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. Videos that we consider to encourage dangerous or illegal activities include instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result.” For whatever reason, this policy does not pertain to clips posted by Fatah.
This is not the first time PMW’s documentation has been impeded by YouTube. In the past, PMW videos have been blocked and PMW’s YouTube account has been closed down. This happened when PMW exposed hate speech voiced by the PA Mufti, who preached that the destiny of Muslims is to kill Jews, and again recently when PMW exposed a PA TV broadcast of a young girl reciting a poem referring to Jews as “Allah’s enemies, the sons of pigs,” who “murdered children,” “cut off their limbs,” “raped the women in the city squares” and “defiled Allah’s book.” YouTube was contacted by viewers and PMW videos and accounts were later unblocked each time.
Incitement video with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfKM7VR_kKE
Tazpit News Agency