YouTube Wipes MEMRI TV Off The Map

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YouTube has terminated the invaluable MEMRITV channel for what it calls “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.” And from the looks of things, at the time of this post, MEMRI may not even be aware of it.

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Which means some very important video footage with translations from Arabic may not be spread as far and wide as they deserve to be. And on a more micro level, a whole bunch of videos we have posted about – like our Jew-hating Jordanian buddy here – no longer work.

From what I understand, MEMRI can appeal the decision. The question of copyright infringement may come down to “fair use”, which I believe to be the case. As for any other so-called “violations” of YouTube’s Community Guidelines, I can only imagine they were flagged as being “hate speech” by enemies of freedom, simply for shining a light on the real hate speech out there. Which includes YouTube Channels of terrorist and hate organizations, which are allowed to continue unabated.

I should note that this is not the first time this has happened, and every time, MEMRI TV has been reinstated on YouTube.

What can we do? For a start, we can donate to MEMRI, who are currently soliciting for donations as part of their end-of-year campaign. We can also spread the word about this latest development, in the hope of putting pressure on YouTube to reinstate the channel.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder and managing editor of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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