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Israel asks YouTube to pull inciting, pro-terror videos

Website removes one clip after Foreign Ministry sends complaint saying it encourages attacks against Jews, Israelis

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An image from a video posted to YouTube October 2, 2015 showing the murder of an Israeli Jewish family by terrorists. (screen shot: YouTube)
An image from a video posted to YouTube October 2, 2015 showing the murder of an Israeli Jewish family by terrorists. (screen shot: YouTube)

YouTube on Wednesday removed one of two Palestinian propaganda videos from its website that seem to encourage stabbing attacks against Jews and Israelis, after Israel’s Foreign Ministry complained that the clips glorify and promote terror.

In a letter to YouTube’s parent company, Google, Jerusalem officials said the posted clips contained “violent and inciting content in which terrorists are praised and their acts staged in videos to promote further violence against Israelis and Jews.”

The videos, the ministry said, depicted Jews and Israelis as “hateful and racist.” It noted that since their publication, several terror attacks against Israelis have taken place.

The removed video shows a keffiyeh-clad young Palestinian man looking at footage on his phone of recent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian rioters at the Temple Mount. The setting appears to depict Jerusalem’s Old City. Two “Jewish” characters — wearing stereotypical religious clothing — walk by, harassing and kicking young children playing football, which supposedly enrages the young man, who proceeds to stab one of the “Jewish” men in the heart and then chases the other to slash his throat.

Screenshots from a terror-promoting video posted to YouTube showing a Palestinian man stabbing two 'Jewish' characters in the Old City. October, 2015 (Screenshots/YouTube)
Screenshots from a terror-promoting video posted to YouTube showing a Palestinian man stabbing two ‘Jewish’ characters in the Old City. October, 2015 (Screenshots/YouTube)

YouTube removed the video from the Hamas channel where it was first posted and circulated widely, but it was still available elsewhere on YouTube and on Facebook.

The website said the graphic 45-second clip violated YouTube’s policy of prohibiting hate speech.

The video appeared hours after two Israeli men were stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in the Old City on Saturday night in a terror attack that also seriously wounded a woman, one of the men’s wives, and their toddler. That attack was followed hours later by another one, in which an Israeli teenager sustained moderate injuries after being stabbed, also near the Old City.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry also asked YouTube to take down another video which it said was “dangerous.”

An image from a video posted to YouTube October 2, 2015 showing the murder of an Israeli Jewish family by terrorists. (screen shot: YouTube)
An image from a video posted to YouTube October 2, 2015 showing the murder of an Israeli Jewish family by terrorists. (screen shot: YouTube)

On October 2, an animated video was published showing a clearly Jewish family driving down a road when silhouettes of gunmen emerge and fatally shoot the parents in front of the children, a seeming re-enactment of an attack in which Naama and Eitam Henkin were shot to death by Palestinian terrorists in front of their four children as they drove near their home in the West Bank on October 1.

The letter to Google’s Israel headquarters also highlighted the video’s comments, which it said were of a “racist and anti-Semitic nature.”

The foreign ministry requested the “immediate removal of the dangerous video.”

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According to ministry officials, the letter is one step taken by Israeli officials in a broader effort to combat online videos inciting to violence.

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