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PMW thanks everyone who helped getting YouTube account reinstated
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PMW thanks everyone who helped getting
 YouTube account reinstated

See below PMW's announcement of how YouTube closed PMW's main video account for "violating terms of use" by supposedly propagating hate speech. And see below one of the many responses to this in an article in Jerusalem Post.
 
Thanks to everyone!

PMW wants to personally thank our subscribers and supporters.
In response to your many actions - your emails to YouTube, your blogs, tweets, op-eds, and calls to Google - as of this morning the YouTube "Palwatch" account is once again functional.

Much thanks to everyone.
Itamar Marcus

YouTube closes down PMW account
 
PMW needs your help. YouTube has closed down PMW's main video account - PALWATCH - for "violating YouTube terms of use", by supposedly propagating hate speech. Of course PMW does not promote hate speech, but exposes the hate speech of the PA and the Hamas, in order to bring about its elimination.

YouTube stated that the account was henceforth terminated "due to repeated or severe violations of our Terms of Use" and they specified the following PMW videos from Palestinian sources, promoting the killing of Jews:

1. "Hamas TV teaches kids to kill Jews" formerly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwN2M6ZIIRU
Removed for violating our Terms of Use on 10/02/2009.

2. "Jews are a virus like Aids" formerly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYaGl3KjPUw
Removed for violating our Terms of Use on 01/18/2010.

3. "Farewell video before suicide attack of Hamas suicide bomber Adham Ahmad Hujyla Abu Jandal" formerly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYdTudQhWM4
Removed for violating our Terms of Use on 06/10/2010.

4. "Hamas suicide farewell video: Jews monkeys and pigs; Maidens reward for killing Jews" formerly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryc7RqXlVdE
Removed for violating our Terms of Use on 08/14/2010.

5. "PA cleric: Kill Jews, Allah will make Muslims masters over Jews" formerly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjuDTO8fgqM
Removed for violating our Terms of Use on 12/12/2010.

6. "Hamas suicide terrorist farewell video: Palestinians drink the blood of Jews" formerly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSftYIGH6-w
Removed for violating our Terms of Use on 12/15/2010.
 
PMW urgently seeks to have this account reopened, since some of these videos have accumulated hundreds of thousands of viewings and the exposure is critical to our ongoing work.

If any of our subscribers could help, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Itamar Marcus

The following was the Jerusalem Post story on the closure of the PMW YouTube account before it was reopened.

YouTube removes Israeli media watchdog's channel
By Ron Friedman
12/20/2010

NGO Palestinian Media Watch featured videos of Palestinian incitement against Jews and Israelis; removed for airing hate speech.

The video-sharing website YouTube removed from its servers Sunday a video channel operated by Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch for severe violations of YouTube's community guidelines.

The channel, which featured videos of Palestinian incitement against Jews and Israelis, posted by the group in order to expose Arab media undercurrents, was removed for repeatedly airing hate speech.

PMW director Itamar Marcus said he had received an automatically generated letter from YouTube informing him that the channel had been removed following complaints by YouTube users. Surfing to the PMW channel or searching YouTube for PMW videos generates a result that reads: "Palwatch has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of our Community Guidelines."

"YouTube has removed some of our videos in the past, but closing down the site is a tremendous disservice," said Marcus. "Some of the videos are indeed horrific. The one that got us closed down, for example, showed a farewell video made by a

Hamas terrorist, in which he called on Palestinians to drink the blood of Jews. But we're not the ones who produced it, it was broadcast first on Hamas TV in Gaza.
"After they are removed from YouTube we can re-post individual videos through other video sharing websites, but closing down the entire channel means that all the recorded views have been lost and all the blogs and websites that linked to the videos no longer work."

Marcus said that he suspected that the complaints came from Palestinian or Arab activists who didn't like the fact that the hateful messages were being exposed.
"These types of videos are usually only viewed in Arab society, since they are aired on Arab-language channels. They want to hide the things they only allow themselves to say amongst themselves in Arabic, but we watch it, translate it and send it around the world to decision-makers and the general public," said Marcus.

Marcus said that he didn't know whether anybody at YouTube was aware of the context in which the offensive videos were aired and that he hoped that once reasoned with they could return the channel, even if it meant removing particular videos.

YouTube could not be reached for a response, but the company's website reads the following about the posting of offensive material: "We have a policy of not commenting on individual video removals. Videos may be removed from YouTube for a variety of reasons.... With 24 hours of video uploaded every minute to YouTube, we cannot pre-screen content and operate at the scale at which we do. It would be like the telephone company pre-screening every call before allowing it to be connected.
Instead, we count on our community members, who are watching the site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to know the Community Guidelines http://www.youtube.com/t/community-guidelines> and to flag content they believe violates the rules.
"We receive thousands of flags every day. Each flagged video is reviewed quickly, and if we find that a video does violate the rules, we remove it (usually in less than an hour) and communicate with the person who uploaded the offending content. We take these violations seriously, and multiple infractions can result in a user's suspension or permanent removal from YouTube."



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