YouTube restricts video exposing Israeli brutality

April, 2018

YouTube on April 25 decided to reinstate a video exposing Israel’s brutality towards Palestinians after receiving backlash on social media.

Claiming the content violated its terms of service, the video-sharing platform on Sunday deleted the video, which was posted by Palestinian academician and activist Sana Kassem to pay tribute to Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during recent demonstrations in Gaza.

Renowned American professor and activist Norman Finkelstein reposted the video, which was again removed by YouTube. Finkelstein appealed to YouTube in an email, asking for the reason for its decision.

"They will patiently wait until all the children in Gaza are murdered by Israel. Then they will repost the video," Finkelstein told Anadolu Agency.

Shortly after his statement to Anadolu Agency, YouTube responded to Finkelstein, telling him they will be reinstating the video but placing it behind an age restriction.

"YouTube reposts the Gaza video but classifies it as pornography," Finkelstein said on his Twitter account, where he also shared the video.

Accordingly, users can access the video only after logging into YouTube and confirming their age.

But according to many YouTube users who often post videos criticizing Israel for its brutality against Palestinians, this is not the first time that YouTube has done this.

"All my YouTube videos have been deleted by YouTube as I’ve been criticizing Israel and its blatant disregard for Palestinian life," Robert Martin, an Australian activist who lives in Palestine, said on Twitter.

"Double standard: YouTube deletes video tribute of killed Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja as ‘sensational’ incitement but leaves up videos of Israelis being attacked," the Mondoweiss news website said.

Source: AA