Facebook censors cartoon critical of Israel

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The Palestine Information Center (PIC), an independent Palestinian news website and network had their Facebook page temporarily suspended for publishing a 2009 cartoon by Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. The graphic shows a woman walking and carrying a wounded child in front of an Israeli flag with one of the blue banners of the flag covering her mouth. Latuff’s text issued a warning:  “SHHHHHHHHHH!!! Denouncing Israeli War Crimes Is Anti-Semitism“.

This is not a far flung radical concept since criticism of Israel and/or issues relating to the U.S. relationship to Israel, including criticism or mention of the Israel lobby are continually lambasted as anti-Semitic. The examples are endless, even President Obama was accused of anti Semitism.

Recalling the war crimes committed during those gruesome 22 days in the winter of 2008-2009, when Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip, killing more than 1,300 people, including over 300 children — articulated in the Goldstone Report (pdf) released in September 2009 — I asked Latuff if there was a specific incident that prompted him to draw the cartoon in 2009. “Nope, not a specific incident, just to highlight the censorship often found on Internet related to everything critical to Israel”.

Accusations of anti Semitism are, arguably, the very first line of defense by Israel’s ardent defenders. But draw or publish a cartoon about it? Censored on Facebook:

The only vulgarity about this cartoon is the truth it helps expose. Responding to the news Facebook had removed his cartoon Latuff tweeted “This censorship proves EXACTLY the point of cartoon“. How ironic.

Rami Salaam, an administrator of PIC’s English Facebook page told Mondoweiss “Cartoons are usually targeted by Facebook more than anything else. Maybe because they appeal to people everywhere. Latuff’s cartoons are widely shared on our page and maybe that is why it was removed.”

PIC was not warned or notified prior to the removal of the cartoon. “It just disappeared” according to Salaam. He continued, “When we tried to login we got a message saying that that cartoon was removed because it violates Facebook polices and that our account that posted the cartoon is suspended for 3 days. – The reason for the deletion and suspension is fickle and meaningless because the cartoon is not graphic nor does it incite any kind of violence. The reason given is “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” They also threatened to delete the whole page.”

I asked Salaam if this was an isolated incident and he mentioned PIC was suspended for a day two weeks ago for posting this photograph of “an Orthodox Jew and his daughter both carrying guns.” He sent me this screenshot:

Screenshot (Palestine Info Center)

Screenshot (Palestine Info Center)

“We were also suspended and got a couple of videos removed over a month ago. The new thing we have noticed is that pictures/videos can now be removed by Facebook even if they follow the so called community standards. This is scary because soon we will not be able to post anything, it seems. So yes we do believe Facebook’s pro-Israel policy is tightening the noose around our freedom of speech.”

Facebook Community Standards can be viewed here.

During her trip to the U.S. in November 2015, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with representatives of YouTube and Google to discuss ways her ministry could “cooperate” against “inflammatory material” she claimed was inciting violence and terror attacks. Curiously, recently I searched for current videos of Israeli violence against Palestinians on both Google and Youtube and the only videos readily available dated back to last October, nothing current. Strange.

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Annie Robbins
    January 12, 2016, 2:36 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE carlos latuff’s depiction of mark zuckerberg in this cartoon. just had to mention! it wouldn’t have been professional to mention that in the article, but heck — i have to say it. ok, i’m biased.

    • hophmi
      January 12, 2016, 2:51 pm

      Biased you are, definitely. Biased also because you can’t understand that Latuff would never have depicted Mark Zuckerberg that way if he weren’t Jewish, and biased because you love a cartoonist that even the Guardian accuses of trafficking in “Judaeophobic stereotypes.”

      • Mooser
        January 12, 2016, 3:20 pm

        “would never have depicted Mark Zuckerberg that way if he weren’t Jewish,” “Judaeophobic stereotypes.”

        Dressed as an armed soldier? That’s a “Judaeophobic stereotype”?

        Gosh, “Hophmi” suddenly you are having a real hard time with free speech and commonly used political cartoon devices.
        Maybe I’ll word-search “Charley Hebdo” or “Muhammad cartoons” in your archive, to remind you of your commitment to free speech.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 12, 2016, 3:46 pm

        there’s nothing jewish looking about the depiction of zuckerberg at all in that cartoon. in fact, he looks more jewish in photos than he does in the cartoon, not that he looks particularly jewish to me in photos tho. he just looks like a white guy with red hair to me.

        as far as the positioning, as protecting israel. one could exchange zuckerberg’s face with hillary clinton’s and the cartoon would work perfectly as far as i am concerned.

        but the good news is — we now have a perfect example of another lame stupid (implied) accusation of anti semitism right at the top of the thread! which supports the notion of the article. how loverly!

      • diasp0ra
        January 12, 2016, 3:42 pm

        @Hophmi

        What way do you mean? Can you provide details?

        I would understand your point if he was represented with typical antisemitic features, but from what I can see he seems to be drawn in a fairly typical caricature cartoon style, with no extreme exaggerations of certain features.

        Is it that he was dressed as a soldier?

      • James North
        January 12, 2016, 3:55 pm

        hophmi: You must be joking. Maybe you should look at some Der Sturmer cartoons to see what real anti-Semitic caricatures look like.

      • Mooser
        January 12, 2016, 6:57 pm

        “we now have a perfect example of another lame stupid (implied) accusation of anti semitism right at the top of the thread! which supports the notion of the article. how loverly!”

        I went and showed all my fish (got a large tankful) and told them, ‘learn from this! If you guys act like “Hophmi” and you’ll end up in a frying pan before you know it!’

      • Mooser
        January 12, 2016, 7:07 pm

        ” Latuff would never have depicted Mark Zuckerberg that way if he weren’t Jewish,”

        That way if he weren’t Jewish? Which way? You still won’t tell us.

        As a matter of fact, there isn’t a thing in that cartoon which couldn’t have come right out of Israel’s own imagery. Where’s the antisemitism, “Hoph”?

      • DavidDaoud
        January 13, 2016, 10:25 am

        @Hophmi: ♥
        Maybe you’re ill and not quite yourself? Got the flu? Or just getting old?

      • tree
        January 14, 2016, 3:30 pm

        BTW, according to the Observer the “Stop Israelis” FB page has now been closed by FB.

        link to observer.com

        The pages were both opened on 12/29, self-reported on 12/31, with, according to Shurat Hadin, the “Stop Palestine” page closed that day, and, according to the Observer, the “Stop Israelis” page closed on 1/6 or before. It looks like the Observer was the only news source that actually checked to see if the “Stop Israelis” page still existed as claimed by Shurat Hadin.

        Also, if you view the video made by Shurat Hadin the two accounts do not have “identical” posts as claimed, but simply similar ones, and the video also equates incitement against Israelis with incitement against Jews. It claims that there was only one difference between them, claiming one incited against palestinians (sic, they didn’t capitalize the term) and one inciting against Jews (capitalized of course), and yet the title of the page was “Stop Israelis”. I guess to Shurat Hadin, Israelis=Jews since they are the only Israelis who count for them.

        They also claimed the videos and pictures and posts were identical though of course they weren’t as they couldn’t be. Examples, using SH’s English translations verbatim:

        “The Zionist bite palestine part after part and the world is silence. we’ll stop them on any way we can.” with the 4 maps of the disappearing Palestine posted on the Stop Israelis page.

        “Greater land israel should return soon from the hands of the muslim enemy back to jewish sovereignty! we’ll do it in any way we can.”
        accompanied by a satellite picture that shows a part of the Middle East including Israel, Jordan, and parts of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

        These are not “identical” posts. The only thing identical between the two is the short phrase “any way we can”.

        Next example they cite:

        “Today more than ever the Zionist army uses violence against palestinien kids. These children will liberate palestine with blood and fire and demolish the zionist invaders!”, accompanied by a picture of an unarmed young girl raising her fist against an armed Israeli soldier who looks bemused and is surrounded by many other smiling Israeli soldiers.

        The “identical” post? “More and more soldiers in the israeli army knows that there is a need to destroy the arab enemy. We are ready for war against the enemy!” accompanied by a picture from the neck down of an Israeli soldier displaying a rifle of some sort in what looks like his barracks, with writing on his chest. ( Exhibiting solidarity with an Israeli soldier who was lightly reprimanded for shooting an unarmed Palestinian, as occurred on Israeli FB pages a while back?).

        Not identical at all.

        Only the next posts seem to have a close similarity as they respectively state “Death to the jews” or “Death to the arabs”.

        As mentioned before, both have now been taken down, and Shurat HaDin has been dishonest in claiming they were “identical” when they clearly were not.

    • Froggy
      January 12, 2016, 2:53 pm

      Good stuff, Annie.

      Zuck knows which side his money’s buttered on.

      • hophmi
        January 12, 2016, 3:23 pm

        LOL. As if it were hard to find antisemitic and anti-Israel material on Facebook.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 12, 2016, 4:02 pm

        LOL. As if it were hard to find antisemitic and anti-Israel material on Facebook.

        i wouldn’t know. i don’t have a fb account and hardly ever go there.

        also hops, i’d urge you to open the embed to latuff in the first paragraph. check out his depictions of the sherif in oregon (here: link to latuffcartoons.wordpress.com ) and erdogan, obama even. it’s not as if latuff doesn’t hit hard on non jews. you’re either being paranoid or just inflammatory spamming again.

        why not just give it a rest for a change.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 12, 2016, 3:40 pm

        thanks froggy.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        January 12, 2016, 4:20 pm

        He is wearing a skullcap and his mustache is a darker color than his beard.

        Typical Judeophobic stereotypes!

      • Marnie
        January 13, 2016, 1:18 am

        Hophmi, you still haven’t explained yourself, just more “hit and run” by hasbara central. What would your remarks have been if facebook was a start up by a WASP named Randy Johnson and it was Randy Johnson in the Latuff cartoon? There was nothing ANTISEMITIC about this at all. I think you’re ashamed of Zuckerberg and the actions of facebook, taking down anything that is antizionist, like Latuff cartoons and the recent “Jews and Arabs Kiss” video that was disappeared. I think you’re ashamed of a lot of other things too. I think you must have quite an internal struggle going on because you’ve been brainwashed to believe Judaism = Zionism = “state” of Israel. That set of beliefs would make anyone loopy. Cut the cord already.
        Deuteronomy 10:16-19

        16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: 18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. 19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

      • Mayhem
        January 14, 2016, 6:34 am

        Before the deluded propagandists at MW jump to any conclusions that FaceBook is pro-Jewish or pro-Israel they should note that an “experiment” conducted by an Israeli non-profit organization has proven that when it comes to incitement, Facebook falls squarely into the anti-Israel camp.

      • talknic
        January 14, 2016, 7:51 am

        @ Mayhem

        MaxNarr has already made a fool of himself

        link to israelnationalnews.com

        A black flag operation

        Shurat Hadin launched two different pages, one entitled “Stop Palestinians” and one entitled “Stop Israelis”. It then proceeded to post almost identical content on both pages, with one inciting against Israelis and the other inciting against Palestinians.

        But when members of the NGO complained to Facebook management about the contents of the pages…

      • Citizen
        January 14, 2016, 8:14 am

        @ Mayhem
        The WSJ carried an article about the NGO that conducted a “neutral” test by setting up a pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian Facebook page; it said the Pro-Pal site containing lots of Israel/jew-hate was OK’d by Facebook, but the Pro-Israel site was condemned as a hate-site. The NGO setting up the comparison to draw respective hate fish is a rabid Pro-Israel organization. This was not mentioned by the WSJ.

      • Mayhem
        January 14, 2016, 5:21 pm

        @Citizen, how about the source to your comment about WSJ. As for an organization being”rabid Pro-Israel ” has it been ordained OK by default to be rabidly pro-Palestinian?

    • Henry Norr
      January 12, 2016, 2:55 pm

      Maybe it wouldn’t have been “professional,” even for a blog post, to say you LOVE LOVE LOVE it, but there wouldn’t have been anything wrong, by any standard I know of, in mentioning the new cartoon and highlighting (for those who might not know what he looks like) that that’s Zuckerberg.

      BTW, when you note, correctly, that the message of the 2009 cartoon is “not a far flung radical concept,” I trust you didn’t mean to suggest that it’s OK for Facebook to delete posts that _are_ far-flung radical concepts….

      • Annie Robbins
        January 12, 2016, 3:37 pm

        no henry, while i did considered someone might interpret that to mean it is not radical or far flung for facebook to delete the cartoon, i nixed that thought assuming people would understand i meant the 2009 cartoon (the understanding criticism of israel was routinely slandered as bigoted) was not a radical conspiracy theory or anything. but maybe i will review it and think of a way i can rephrase it — which i tried but couldn’t think of earlier.

        actually it didn’t occur to me to point out that was zuckerberg in the cartoon. it’s a new cartoon and like all cartoons, it should be able to speak for itself and i think it does. without the big fb “F” it might not have been obvious. but zuckerberg’s grin is rather iconic and well known (he smiles a lot). i think it may have been an insult to latuff to try to explain his cartoon. whereas i think an old or older cartoon can be written about and explained in context (especially if the article is about the cartoon or a critique of the cartoon) i think a newly published cartoon deserves the opportunity to stand on it’s own merits.

        one more thing. zuckerberg is on paternity leave. the chance he was personally in on the decision process of banning this particular cartoon is almost zilch. i think using his image in the cartoon was smart, but it’s used symbolically representing facebook and their policies (which one assumes z is responsible for) i didn’t want to mention him directly in the article because i thought it was unnecessary.

    • xanadou
      January 12, 2016, 5:24 pm

      Second that.

  2. JWalters
    January 12, 2016, 4:59 pm

    Is Zuckerberg a Zionist, or is he being threatened by his banksters?

    Same question about Google.

    Today MSNBC requires you to login to view shows online. Their next step in torpedoing their own reporters, maintaining the silence. (Previously they confined themselves to annoyingly erratic website behavior to reduce viewership, as if they couldn’t afford a stable website.)

    Howard Dean said recently on MSNBC the Republican establishment is terrified of Donald Trump. He would not, however, say the oligarchy is equally terrified of Bernie Sanders. He may have offer from Clinton for a potential position in her potential administration. Very disappointing to see Barney Frank (with Chris Hayes) giving Hillary’s lame stance on Wall Street (Glass-Steagall wasn’t important, proposing a few tweaks, ignoring the main issue). But thankfully he was followed by economist Alexis Goldstein, who ripped his case to shreds with facts and clear logic. Too much for the oligarchy to allow. I’d include a link, but now you have to have an account and login to see it.

    The oligarchy is bringing in their heavy artillery for the upcoming election.

    • Citizen
      January 14, 2016, 8:52 am

      To effectively regulate Wall St derivative risk, we need Sanders resurrecting Glass Steagall wall AND Hillary’s attack on shadows banking (by Big Insurance (eg AIG) and pure investment banks.

      • Keith
        January 14, 2016, 12:39 pm

        CITIZEN- “To effectively regulate Wall St derivative risk….”

        You need to get rid of the derivatives. Right now they have the highest claim on a bank’s assets and would be paid ahead of the lowly depositors. In a financial meltdown, these dodgy derivatives have value as your bank account goes up in flames. This could well happen in 2016.

  3. MaxNarr
    January 12, 2016, 5:40 pm

    Keep in mind that facebook is liable for inciting terrorism and is being sued by Shurat Hadin.

    Two identical pages were set up one called “Stop Israel” and the other called “Stop Palestine” each page was updated with identical inciteful content. However the “Stop Palestine” page was taken down almost immediately for incitement yet the “Stop Israel” was left up because it “did not violate community standards”

    FB has always been biased against Israel and just because Mark Zuckerburg is a Jew doesn’t mean he should be depicted in this way by the antisemite latuff.

    • Mooser
      January 12, 2016, 7:01 pm

      “MaxNarr” you should really label your shoes.

    • Mooser
      January 12, 2016, 7:57 pm

      “just because Mark Zuckerburg is a Jew doesn’t mean he should be depicted in this way

      IN WHICH WAY????. You and “Hophmi” (he does Jewish/Muslim outreach,) are kvetching about it, but you won’t say what it is about the cartoon which bothers you.

      Well, what is it?

      • eljay
        January 12, 2016, 8:27 pm

        MaxNarr and hophmi need to have a chat with ivri and sort themselves out because – according to ivri – Judaism, the “Jewish nation” and Israel are all part and parcel of Zionism.

        They might also want to keep in mind:
        – JeffB’s assertion that all Jews are responsible for the actions of some Jews; and
        – the oft-repeated Zio-supremacist mantra that Israel is the “historic homeland” and “one true homeland” of all Jewish people in the world.

        All of which mean that Mr. Zuckerberg is a Zio-supremacist – whether he likes it or not – so there’s nothing wrong with depicting him as one.

        With “friends” like ivri, JeffB et al., Jewish people sure don’t need any other enemies…

      • Mooser
        January 12, 2016, 9:26 pm

        “– JeffB’s assertion that all Jews are responsible for the actions of some Jews; “

        But nobody should get any idea about punishing all Jews for the actions of some Jews! After all, there’s the proviso:

        “The Holocaust justifies the Nakba, completely”

        So, again, no harm, no foul!

    • talknic
      January 12, 2016, 8:27 pm

      “Two identical pages were set up one called “Stop Israel” and the other called “Stop Palestine””

      Evidence?

      Maybe here? link to israelnationalnews.com

      A black flag operation

      Shurat Hadin launched two different pages, one entitled “Stop Palestinians” and one entitled “Stop Israelis”. It then proceeded to post almost identical content on both pages, with one inciting against Israelis and the other inciting against Palestinians.

      But when members of the NGO complained to Facebook management about the contents of the pages,

    • talknic
      January 14, 2016, 5:56 am

      @ MaxNarr January 12, 2016, 5:40 pm

      “Keep in mind that facebook is liable for inciting terrorism and is being sued by Shurat Hadin”

      Keep in mind Shurat Hadin set up both pages.

      Some people really are so stupid

      • Citizen
        January 14, 2016, 8:54 am

        precisely

      • Annie Robbins
        January 14, 2016, 11:06 am

        i know, i read that exact sentence and thought — say whaaa?

        seriously, we don’t make it up.

    • amigo
      January 14, 2016, 9:52 am

      “FB has always been biased against Israel” maxnarr

      No s–t sherlock.

      Didn,t your parents tell you. Everybody hates Israel , or should that be , everybody hates Jews.

  4. zaid
    January 12, 2016, 5:50 pm

    So its not only Muslims who are sensitive to cartoons.

  5. JLewisDickerson
    January 12, 2016, 6:33 pm

    RE: “Facebook censors cartoon critical of Israel”

    ■ INTRODUCING: “The Kabuki Theater of the Absurd”

    • Opening Snarkcasm [spoken in the manner typical of a hardcore “teabagger” at fever pitch (e.g., way “hotter than a pepper sprout”) from having gotten ‘pumped up’* at a Trump rally]:
    Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Facebook censored my cartoon!!! How unfair! That’s so politically incorrect! I feel violated. I’ve been victimized yet again by a big, bad corporation!

    * SEE: “The songs that Donald Trump rallies blast to pump up supporters”link to businessinsider.com

    [ EXTREMELY DISORIENTING (VIRTUAL) ‘JUMP CUT’]

    • Apparent Nonsequitur: My great-grandfather (R.H. Lewis) once challenged his congressman, (and archenemy) Thomas E. Watson (a/k/a “The Sage of Hickory Hill“), to a debate, and Watson tersely replied: “I do not load my shotgun to shoot sparrows.”

    [ EXTREMELY DISORIENTING (VIRTUAL) ‘JUMP CUT’]

    Denouement or Not: A few years later when William Jennings Bryan was doing his ‘cross of gold’ thing (running for president as the nominee of the Democratic, Populist and Silver Republican parties), Watson was his running mate on the Populist ticket (but not on the other tickets).
    Bryan lost the election but embarked upon quite a colorful career. Perhaps most notably, he (in)distinguished himself as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State with a memorable description of Haitians: “Think of it! Ni**ers speaking French!”
    As for Thomas E. Watson, he went on to become editor and business manager of the People’s Party Paper in Atlanta where he made quite a name for himself (the ADL not yet being in existence) with his inflammatory coverage of the Leo Frank trial.

    • JLewisDickerson
      January 12, 2016, 6:59 pm

      RE: [EXTREMELY DISORIENTING (VIRTUAL) ‘JUMP CUT’]

      UPON FURTHER REFLECTION: I think I should have gone with ‘disquieting’ rather than ‘disorienting’.

      [EXTREMELY DISQUIETING (VIRTUAL) ‘JUMP CUT’]

      Yes, now I’m certain of it!

    • JLewisDickerson
      January 12, 2016, 7:18 pm

      ■ MORE ON JUMP CUTS (IN CASE THERE ARE ANY GODARD WORSHIPPERS OUT THERE):

      Embracing jump cuts

      Before you go casting the jump cut as the villain in your next flick, consider its advantages. Jump cuts can be used to show the passing of time, or to speed up a sequence. Casey Neistat loves the jump cut. He often uses them in his videos to speed up sequences where he’s making or doing something, such as decorating his birthday cake:

      [Clip from My Birthday Movie.]

      Jump cuts can be used for a comedic effect. When you cut up a talking head interview or monologue they can emphasize confusion or inarticulateness, such as the sequence in our example video when Dan can’t remember a word. This technique is often used in video blogs.

      Jump cuts can also be used stylistically, to create a mood and set a creative pace, as in this beautiful video by Lea et Nicolas Features. Jump to just after the one minute mark. That’s where the cuts get extra jumpy!

      • Mooser
        January 12, 2016, 8:07 pm

        “JLewis” I can’t say I’m much on the “jump cut” either. For my movie admission money, it’s the Vorkapich. Every time. There’s nothing like a good Vorkapichs. Adds, or so I have been told, verisimilitude.

      • JLewisDickerson
        January 12, 2016, 11:19 pm

        “When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along . . .”

        ■ STREAMS FROM NETFLIX UNTIL 1/16/16:
        The Conversation
        1974 Rated PG 113 mins
        Francis Ford Coppola follows The Godfather with this intimate film about an audio surveillance expert who faces a moral quandary when he suspects that a couple whose conversation he’s been hired to record will be murdered.
        Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, more…
        Netflix – link to netflix.com

        P.S. Ben Selvin Orchestra, Keller Sisters & Lynch – When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along (1926) [VIDEO, 02:56] – link to youtube.com

    • JLewisDickerson
      January 12, 2016, 7:46 pm

      P.S. A PHOTO OF THE LEO FRANK TRIAL: The courtroom on July 28, 1913. Dorsey is examining witness Newt Lee. Frank is in the center.

      • Leo Frank – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • JLewisDickerson
      January 13, 2016, 5:21 pm

      RE: Thomas E. Watson ( a/k/a “The Sage of Hickory Hill” )

      Silent Film Clip – link to www2.lib.unc.edu

      FILM CLIP @ FACEBOOK – link to facebook.com

      The clip . . . is from a Selznick news reel found among collected materials on Theodore Roosevelt. View Watson, his granddaughters, and Hickory Hill as they appeared at the time of Roosevelt’s death.

      Archival film material from the collections of the Library of Congress.

      • About Thomas E. Watson
      Thomas E. Watson was born September 5, 1856, two miles outside Thomson, Georgia. After attending Mercer and then reading law, Watson was admitted to the Bar and returned to Thomson in 1877 to begin a successful law practice. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1882, the U.S. House of Representatives from 1890-1892 and the U.S. Senate from 1920 until his death in 1922. Having emerged as the leader of the Southern Populists, Watson was nominated in 1896 for Vice President on the Populist Party ticket with William Jennings Bryan. He ran for President on the same ticket in 1904 and 1908. Although Watson held political office for just five of his 66 years, he dominated Georgia’s political scene for more than 25 years. In addition to being a statesman and the premier trial lawyer of Georgia in his day, Watson was a prolific writer. He authored a two volume history of France, biographies of Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, and numerous other books, pamphlets and published speeches. Watson published and edited his weekly newspaper, The Jeffersonian, and his monthly Watson’s Magazine.

      —Courtesy of the Watson-Brown Foundation

  6. Bornajoo
    January 12, 2016, 7:15 pm

    “Curiously, recently I searched for current videos of Israeli violence against Palestinians on both Google and Youtube and the only videos readily available dated back to last October, nothing current. Strange.”

    Likewise. Either the videos have been removed or the search tags have been tampered with but you just can’t find any recent ones. I wonder if they will start to systematically remove the older ones too? If this censorship is real, and it seems it is, then this is a very worrying development. I have no idea if it’s the ceo’s who are responsible or outside pressure

    It’s a great cartoon and it portrays truth and reality

    Many thanks Annie

    • Annie Robbins
      January 12, 2016, 7:51 pm

      i think i read about that first in taxi’s comment section bornajoo. i tried it and sure enough, very very weird.

  7. rolf
    January 13, 2016, 5:13 pm

    compilation of BANNED/Deleted images ; ) link to pinterest.com

  8. rolf
    January 13, 2016, 5:17 pm

    TRUTH ban by zionist israel
    2015-11-27 SIGN Move-On PETITION to STOP GOOGLE/Youtube from DELETING our CONSTITUTION!
    link to petitions.moveon.org

    2015-11-28 Alternet article
    israel bribes google/YouTube to ban Palestine videos of conflict
    link to alternet.org

    ISRAEL cornered by world for Genocide now uses YOUTUBE CENSORSHIP as post-anti-semitism WEAPON!
    Mondoweiss article 2015-12-07
    link to mondoweiss.net

  9. Boomer
    January 13, 2016, 5:58 pm

    There are some good comments in this thread, but also attempts (which met with some success) to divert from the serious policy issue and otherwise hijack the thread by some of the usual means. A google search on public policy regarding corporate censorship of the internet will turn up some excellent analyses, for those who have the time and interest. I’ll just mention one, a wikipedia article that includes a map categorizing the level of internet censorship and surveillance by country. Americans should note that, according to this analysis at least, the U.S. is in the same category (“pervasive”) as such bastions of freedom as Russia, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  10. amigo
    January 13, 2016, 6:55 pm

    This refers to Israel,s chief foreign hasbarist trying to get Google /Utube to block videos of Israeli violence against Palestinians.

    According to Googles spokesperson and contrary to Israel,s claims , no agreement was reached.

    link to ibtimes.co.uk

  11. just
    January 13, 2016, 7:45 pm

    Latuff is a hugely talented truth- teller! This is such an important and terrific article, Annie. Thanks so much for it.

    Here’s an example of horrid Zio- lies :

    “… U.S. College Campuses ‘Won’t Give pro-Israel Students a Safe Space’

    ‘I know when I speak on college campuses in favor of Israel, I need armed guards protecting me from radical leftist students who would use physical intimidation,’ Alan Dershowitz denounces political environment on college campuses

    … When I was first teaching in the ’50s there were attempts to censor speech by Senator McCarthy. the right wing was trying to censor left-wing speech. Now it’s the hard left that’s trying to censor right-wing speech, conservative speech, Christian speech, pro-Israel speech, you name it. 

    And this idea of safe spaces. We have to distinguish between safe spaces for ideas, where there should be none, and physically safe places where you’re not intimidated or you’re not threatened. And christian speakers, pro-Israel speakers, speakers that are not politically correct today, have their physical safety endangered. 

    I know when I speak on college campuses in favor of Israel, I need armed guards protecting me from radical leftist students who would use physical intimidation. They won’t give me a safe space. They won’t give pro-Israel students a safe space. They won’t give Christian students a safe space.”

    read more: link to haaretz.com

  12. a blah chick
    January 14, 2016, 8:21 am

    Mayhem sez:
    “…experiment” conducted by an Israeli non-profit organization has proven that when it comes to incitement, Facebook falls squarely into the anti-Israel camp.”

    Yep, an experiment conducted by a Zionist organization which offers a “Biblical perspective” on the occupation found Facebook too pro-Arab. Go figure.

  13. Theo
    January 14, 2016, 11:21 am

    What do you expect from Facebook, it is under control and even NSA has direct line to it!

    Apropos, Annie, talking about “deleting”. MW deleted my Merry Christmas wishes to all.
    I know jews do not honor that holiday, but one can celebrate it his or her own way.
    Those two sentences must have seem very derogatory to the moderator, whoever he/she may be.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 14, 2016, 11:33 am

      theo, re your “christmas wishes to all”, i just searched trash and found it. please check our comment policy:

      2. No Nakba or Holocaust denial. We’re not going to tolerate any discussion of the Jewish role in the rise of the Nazis which is used as a pretext for blaming Jews for the Nazi rise, a form of Holocaust denial we want no part of – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      on mondoweiss, you can’t merge your christmas wishes while blaming jewish bankers for the holocaust….

      end of discussion.

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