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YouTube Silences Boycott Video

Political censorship through selective copyright enforcement.

After receiving over 30,000 views in just two days, a viral video of a boycott Israel flash mob in Grand Central Station was taken down on April 1st by YouTube.

The flash mob started with a handful of people and within a minute saw dozens more singing and dancing to a parody of the tune of "Don't Stop Believin’" by Journey. "Don't stop boycottin'," they sang, "Think when you're shopping." They called out companies benefiting from Israeli occupation, and celebrated Roger Waters, Gil Scott Heron, and Elvis Costello, who are among the many artists to have heeded the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israel until it complies with international law.

YouTube claims the video was taken down after receiving a claim of copyright infringement. Activists see it as an example of using selective copyright enforcement for political censorship and argue that a pattern is developing. In January, YouTube removed a Saint Louis Boycott Motorola Flash Mob video that parodied the Beyonce/Lady Gaga song "Telephone" as the video reached 35,000 views. As was the case with the Saint Louis flash mob video, there are tens of parody versions of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin’" currently posted on YouTube. Others have argued that parody is an activity protected from copyright claims. Activists have now posted a silent version of the video.

The Palestinian-led BDS movement is a moral, nonviolent campaign for human rights modeled on the worldwide boycott movement that helped to bring an end to apartheid in South Africa.

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secede or bust

YouTube took the video off because of political pressure....political correctness. "Don't upset the apple cart!". What a shame....I have heard of other major corps making YouTube take their "copyrighted" stuff off, but catering to Israel's monstrous policies towards the Palestinians is a real chicken ^&*% way to run your web site!!!

secede or bust

YouTube took the video off because of political pressure....political correctness. "Don't upset the apple cart!". What a shame....I have heard of other major corps making YouTube take their "copyrighted" stuff off, but catering to Israel's monstrous policies towards the Palestinians is a real chicken ^&*% way to run your web site!!!

Shlo

It's cause "israel" is on the verge of total collapse. The entire world has called a spade a spade. Finally the Emperor has no clothes...
This is precisely why we're seeing all this flagrant false flagging by the Jewish Elite from "Israel" as well as those in the U.S.

All the "bombs" and "attacks" that are clearly false flag operations by IDF, Shin Bet, mossad etc are attempts to divert attention from the U.N and other international organizations pushing for Palestinian statehood. Which is imminent and spells the beginning of the end for racist "Israel".
Same thing goes for the suspiciously "retracted" case against "Israel" for crimes against humanity during Operation Cast Lead. The venerable Justice Goldstone (a Jew) was forced by high ranking members of the Jewish Elite to recant or face ruin.
We are witnessing the eruption and inevitable demise of the cancer that is "Israel."
What a time to be alive in...

Shlo

It's cause "israel" is on the verge of total collapse. The entire world has called a spade a spade. Finally the Emperor has no clothes...
This is precisely why we're seeing all this flagrant false flagging by the Jewish Elite from "Israel" as well as those in the U.S.

All the "bombs" and "attacks" that are clearly false flag operations by IDF, Shin Bet, mossad etc are attempts to divert attention from the U.N and other international organizations pushing for Palestinian statehood. Which is imminent and spells the beginning of the end for racist "Israel".
Same thing goes for the suspiciously "retracted" case against "Israel" for crimes against humanity during Operation Cast Lead. The venerable Justice Goldstone (a Jew) was forced by high ranking members of the Jewish Elite to recant or face ruin.
We are witnessing the eruption and inevitable demise of the cancer that is "Israel."
What a time to be alive in...

Anonymouse

That's what 'they' are afraid of, the message going viral, the truth is subversive, it's anti-semitic...

Anonymouse

That's what 'they' are afraid of, the message going viral, the truth is subversive, it's anti-semitic...

'Bernard Marx' EHG

You need to know there's a big difference between being against Israel and hating all Jews for being Jewish. So are you really trying to say the 'truth' hates all Jews?

'Bernard Marx' EHG

You need to know there's a big difference between being against Israel and hating all Jews for being Jewish. So are you really trying to say the 'truth' hates all Jews?

Chomskie

Lame Troll.
The definition of Semitic and Anti-Semitic has been thoroughly ventilated. No one is buying your Jewish Establishment propaganda anymore.
Vast majority of Jews are NOT Semites.
Palestinians, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese ARE.
Hurts. And yet true.
Next..

Chomskie

Lame Troll.
The definition of Semitic and Anti-Semitic has been thoroughly ventilated. No one is buying your Jewish Establishment propaganda anymore.
Vast majority of Jews are NOT Semites.
Palestinians, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese ARE.
Hurts. And yet true.
Next..

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