Published On: Tue, Oct 13th, 2015

Hamas says YouTube shuts down channel under Israeli pressure

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Palestinian Hamas YouTube channel shut down Sunday. Hamas said closed down of its channel following Israeli pressure made by Ministry of Foreign affairs to stop encouraging violence against Israelis. “The videos depict recent terrorist attacks, praise the assailants and present Jews and Israelis in a hateful and racist manner, ” said Foreign Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry sent a letter Thursday to Google Israel, whose parent company owns YouTube, asking to remove the provocative content.

“The videos depict recent terrorist attacks, praise the assailants and present Jews and Israelis in a hateful and racist manner, and since their publishing, three more attacks have taken place so far, ” the letter said.

On the YouTube page has a notice attributing the removal of the channel to copyright infringement.
The provocative channel featured a video in which lyrics to a popular Eyal Golan song were replaced with provocative verse such as: “And the most important, the most important/is to wipe out the Zionists at every site/and the most important the most important/is their defeat on site.”

The video included staged scenes of Hamas ambushes, and struck a chilling note with its montages of violent terrorist attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians, rocket launchings and gruesome battlefield scenes.

“YouTube has clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users, ” said Google spokesman Paul Solomon.

 

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