The Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Tzipi Hotovely has met with representatives of YouTube and Google to find ways of cooperating to monitor and prevent the publication of Palestinian videos which “inciting violence and terrorism.”
The Israelis local daily Maariv reported that Hotovely is working with Google and YouTube officials to monitor and prevent any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.”
The Foreign Ministry criticized the companies saying the videos encourages attacks against Jews, Israelis. Later, YouTube removed one of two Palestinian propaganda videos from its website after Hotovely complained that the clips glorify and promote terror.
The videos depict Jews and Israelis as “hateful and racist.” She claimed since their publication, several terror attacks against Israelis have taken place.
The minister said the supposed “incitement videos” drive young children to go out and stab, adding that the attacks daily in Israel are the result of youths and children incited by the education system and the social networks.
“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,” an official from a letter sent to Google Israel said.
After the last conflict between Palestinians and Israeli armies at the beginning of October, many people have been sharing videos depicting Israeli aggression towards Palestinians.
The London-based Arab newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has expressed concerns that the meetings suggest moves towards censoring Palestinian material in the favor of the Israelis.
An Israeli official said: “Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the marketing of land for the construction of 454 homes in two East Jerusalem settlements, including in Ramat Shlomo, territory Palestinians want for a future state.”