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On Monday, May 27, Dr. Rima Najjar, a retired professor and active participant on many social media platforms, had her attorney, Rima Kapitan, serve the management of Quora with a letter seeking a settlement with the internet platform, which had banned her permanently earlier that month. Quora.com is a website where users can post general questions on a range of topics and other users offer answers to those questions. Najjar feels that the ban is a direct result of her national origin, and Kapitan’s letter to the Quora management documents many instances when Najjar was censored because she wrote as a Palestinian. Kapitan’s letter to Quora, which she shared with me, states:  

“Starting on May 2, 2019, Quora permanently banned [Najjar] from the site, claiming she engaged in ‘hate speech’ for using the term ‘Zionist’ because she views Zionism in a negative way. Quora claims to be enforcing its ‘Be Nice, Be Respectful’ policy, but Dr. Najjar can show that the policy is enforced against her because of her advocacy for the national rights of Palestinians, and that the policy is not enforced in the same way against non-Palestinians.” 

Najjar’s action raises important questions about the legal definition of social media: is it a public accommodation, and thus subject to anti-discrimination laws? Who are the “censors?”  Can an internet platform be manipulated by readers into determining what is acceptable contents, and what qualifies as hate speech?

Quora’s claim that criticism of Zionism is hate speech is based on the disproportionate number of reader comments to that effect.  Yet Palestine rights activists know that Israel has deployed an army of paid internet trolls to flag Palestinian posts as hateful, and otherwise spread its hasbara.   Indeed, the internet is one of the more active battlefronts in today’s culture wars, where discourse is shaped, and worldviews and ideologies can be transformed. It has democratized the media, which was once the purview of the wealthy and powerful.  Are the wealthy and powerful– the funders of internet platforms such as Quora, which depends on their paid ads– shutting down this venue for grassroots conversations?

Quora’s permanent ban of Dr. Najjar, following the unmitigated harassment she had been subjected to from Zionist readers, “Quorans,” as they are called, prompted Najjar to take legal action.  I asked her a few questions about her experience, her posts, and her decision to sue the social media platform.

Nada Elia: When did you start writing on Quora, and how soon afterwards did you experience harassment or hostility?

Rima Najjar: I am not sure exactly when I began writing there. Quora deleted all my answers on my profile and I cannot access my account.  However, I began experiencing harassment in the form of collapsed (hidden) answers almost immediately. (Editor’s Note: Quora moderators have the authority to “collapse” answers, effectively making them less visible or completely invisible. They do so most frequently in response to readers “downvoting” an answer.  Najjar’s answers were routinely “collapsed,” until she was permanently banned from the site.) My first post on Collapse Detectives, a Quora blog that helps newcomers understand moderation decisions, is dated Jan 25, 2018 and titled, ‘BDS and Writing While Palestinian’.  Some of the initial collapses were a result of technical violations – for example, not formatting quotations according to a required Quora style or linking inadvertently to a commercial website (in my case, the Encyclopedia Britannica), which in Quora is considered spamming.  But I quickly got a grasp of these technicalities and then the collapses were clearly a result of malicious mass reporting.  From the discussions of my frequent posts on Collapse Detectives, I learned a lot about what “common discourse” was considered acceptable and polite on Quora and what was not.  I challenged some of that through discussion there, and also by giving feedback to Quora management.

NE:  Why persist, in what is clearly a hostile environment?

RN: I write on Quora because I have a strong desire to integrate Palestinian rights into the Quora universe, based on universal rights and the need for justice, equality and freedom for all people.

In wanting to erase me as someone with a Palestinian nationality from its platform, Quora exhibits the same attitude of Western society at large, which has long taken its cue from Zionist propaganda as formulated, not only by Israel, but also by academia, namely that the Jewish nationality (alternatively called “ethnicity”) is a given as a construct and as a reality in the form of Israel, and that the Palestinian nationality does not exists and never has. It must be stamped out, both as a construct and as a reality in the form of an independent Palestinian state, because it threatens the very foundation of the Jewish state, which, in order to exist as a Jewish state with a Jewish majority had first to ethnic cleanse and displace Palestinians – “transfer” them to other Arab states as “Arab nationals”.

NE:  Can you cite some specific examples of the censorship and hostility you experienced, before being permanently banned from Quora?

RN: In my anti-Zionist writing, Quora’s demand goes beyond an insistence that I use the language of symmetry to describe the tragedy that has befallen me and millions of Palestinians, which is inherently asymmetrical, as any situation between the oppressed and their oppressor is.  In fact, it appears to direct me to use only “neutral” language. And what’s “neutral” language? It’s “accepted usage” – i.e. the accepted dominant Zionist “narrative”. Veer away from that, and I am not being neutral.

This came out in a discussion I had on Collapse Detectives with Jennifer Edeburn, a Quora Top Writer.  She was guessing that my use of the terms diaspora/exile in a question is what caused a moderator to flag the question as “possibly insincere, using language that was not neutral”. To “fix” the question, she suggested that I “replace the words diaspora/exile with ‘other countries’ or some such, [and then] the marking [flag on the question] will be removed. The idea that all Palestinians who do not live in Palestine are in exile is the ‘non-neutral’ perspective that supported the flagging of this question. … you should change it to be less easily misunderstood by those who do not share your knowledge and background. After all, I am not suggesting that you use an incorrect term, only a different one.”

I responded with, “All Palestinians who do not live in Palestine are ‘in exile’, a term accepted in Palestinian discourse the same way Jewish discourse accepts the term ‘diaspora’ (to Palestinians, that’s far from neutral). It refers to the fact that Palestinians living in other countries are denied return to Palestine, whether they wish to return or not. See Edward Said’s book Reflections on Exile and Other essays.”

NE:  And did the moderators consider your perspective?

RN: The catch came after I wrote: “You are right, Jennifer — ’a moderator not familiar with the usage of the term would take that viewpoint.’ I agree. But don’t you think it is better to introduce the usage into common discourse — i.e., try to educate the moderator by appealing, etc., so that reports flagging Palestinian terms will not be successful anymore?”

Jennifer answered: “… you have the directionality wrong. Moderators are mirrors of common discourse, not mediators of it.”

Common discourse on Israel/Palestine – aka the Israeli side of the story, as we all know, is horrendous for Palestinians.  Platforms like Quora that refuse to accept challenges to it, partly, I am guessing, to enhance their commercial attractiveness for ad buyers, end up with endless hasbara rhetoric masquerading as “knowledge” and “information”.

NE: What prompted you to consider legal action against Quora?

RN: It became clear to me that I was being censored not because of any neutral policy but because Quora considers advocacy for Palestinian national rights “hate speech.” Quora’s discriminatory application of its policies affects not only me but others seeking to create space on the internet for the exploration and examination of Palestinian national identity, and the ability of the general public to access accurate information through internet searches.  I am concerned, horrified really, about the massive disinformation regarding Israel/Palestine that Quora puts out there, both in the questions that the hasbara machine cranks out (Quora’s Partnership Program financially rewards the writing of questions) as well as the content these questions attract.

NE:  What other sites/platforms do you post on, and has your experience been different there?

RN:  I am very active on Facebook and my Facebook account is connected to my Twitter account.  I post everything on Facebook publicly, having come to the conclusion long ago that there is no such thing as privacy on social media, so why bother. Plus, I was motivated to be on Facebook for the same reason I was on Quora – to get my voice heard as widely as possible. At the beginning, there was a lot of trolling, but I don’t experience that now at all.  My account on Facebook was blocked twice. The second time (in February 2018), the notification said I would be blocked for 30 days for posting the following meme: “#Hillel, a racist organization, has as much place on university campuses as does the #KKK.” Reason given was: “We remove posts that attack people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender or disability.” Clearly, Hillel is not “a people”.  If that were the case, my article in which I discuss Hillel as a racist organization would also be subject to censorship. Hillel is billed as “introducing students to Jewish life”, but its core mission is to link Jewish students’ identities with Israel, regardless of their American (or other) nationality. This time, I not only appealed to Facebook, I also reported my experience to Online Censorship, and I believe they were able to help, because I was sprung from Facebook jail [a temporary ban] only a couple of days later and I have never been bothered again.  Someone told me that a Facebook admin had said that Facebook had made “a lot of mistakes in the Middle East”.  From recent news reports about the closure of the Facebook accounts of Palestinian officials and journalists, it looks like Facebook is still “making mistakes in the Middle East”.

Using ‘civility’ to silence

After intervewing Najjar, I reached out to her attorney, Rima Kapitan, who told me:  “Quora uses the notion of ‘civility’ to silence proponents of Palestinian nationality. But speech isn’t uncivil simply because Zionists respond to it with outrage. Quora also fails to enforce its policies equally against those who advocate for Palestinian self-determination and proponents of Zionism. The effect is erasure of Palestinian voices from Quora and the removal of informative content.”

Quora’s headquarters are in California, and Najjar’s attorney, Kapitan, notes in her letter to Quora’s management that:

California’s public accommodations law provides “full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever” regardless of “national origin.” This Act applies to websites, since they are “a kind of business establishment and an accommodation, advantage, facility, and privilege of a place of public accommodation, respectively. No nexus to [a] physical [place] need be shown.”

Kapitan then documents how “Quora has denied equal privileges to Dr. Rima Najjar because of her national origin—Palestinian. Starting on May 2, 2019, Quora permanently banned her from the site, claiming she engaged in ‘hate speech’ for using the term ‘Zionist’ because she views Zionism in a negative way. Quora claims to be enforcing its ‘Be Nice, Be Respectful’ policy, but Dr. Najjar can show that the policy is enforced against her because of her advocacy for the national rights of Palestinians, and that the policy is not enforced in the same way against non-Palestinians.”

Among other demands she is making, Najjar is asking for her account to be reinstated, for Quora to issue a public statement affirming that opposition to Zionism is not “hate speech,” and for Quora to change its moderation policies, so that answers are not “collapsed” because of readers’ complaints, but rather because they violate the forum’s “Be Nice, Be Respectful” policy.  Quora’s management has until June 10 to settle out of court.

Whatever the outcome, this is an important precedent for Palestine rights and other grassroots activists, as it legally challenges censorship in a space that has played a critical role in documenting abuse, social mobilizing, and political organizing, and shaping the public discourse.

Nada Elia

Nada Elia is a Palestinian scholar-activist, writer, and grassroots organizer, currently completing a book on Palestinian Diaspora activism.

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  1. Jackdaw on June 3, 2019, 10:45 am

    Twenty two thousand days, it’s not a lot, it’s all we’ve got.

    • Misterioso on June 4, 2019, 9:54 am

      More grist for the mill:
      https://truthout.org/articles/conservative-groups-are-stifling-criticism-of-israel-on-and-off-campus/

      “Conservative Groups Are Stifling Criticism of Israel On and Off Campus” By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout, June 2/19

      EXCERPT:
      “On March 22, tenured English professor Anthony Alessandrini was startled to see a photo of himself in the New York Daily News. The picture accompanied an article by reporter Larry McShane. The headline was damning: ‘Kingsborough professor, during campus event, urged donations to group with alleged ties to Palestinian terror group.’

      “Alessandrini (who is this reporter’s colleague at Kingsborough Community College) had not been contacted by either McShane or other Daily News staffers before the article was published and says that it is riddled with inaccuracies. What’s more, he sees the article as part of a pervasive campaign to silence critics of Israel — including many progressive Jews — that is being orchestrated by a network of conservative organizations that are firmly embedded in both the Evangelical Christian and Jewish Zionist right wings.

      “One of the most prominent groups is the Lawfare Project, a well-funded legal group whose website claims to have ‘350 attorneys dedicated to upholding the civil and human rights of the Jewish community.’ The site further boasts that the Project provides legal counsel to ‘members of pro-Israel communities who have been targeted and harmed based on their ethnicity, religion, citizenship and nationality.’

      “Unlike more established groups, such as the 122-year-old Zionist Organization of America, the midtown-Manhattan-based Lawfare Project is relatively new.

      “Mondoweiss, a website devoted to ‘news and opinion about Palestine, Israel and the United States,’ and created by progressive Jews, reports that the Project was launched in 2010 with start-up money from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Communal Fund and the MZ Foundation.

      “Since then, money has continued to flow into the Lawfare Project’s coffers. Charity Navigator reports that in December 2017 (the most recent year for which filings are available), the group had assets of $1,082,069; that year’s income was a similarly hefty $1,392,062. This has enabled the Project to go after dozens of people and organizations, from the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia, Washington; to the National Lawyers Guild; to professors like Alessandrini and students across the U.S. who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on campuses. Beyond Kingsborough, schools as diverse as Connecticut College, Boston University, Rutgers, San Francisco State University, Temple University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been caught in the Project’s crosshairs.

      “The Lawfare Project’s founder, Brooke Goldstein, is close to other conservative movers and shakers, and the Project’s work and speaking engagements often overlap with Zionist entities, such as Canary Mission, StandWithUs and the Zionist Organization of America. But Lawfare’s tentacles also reach into the broader right wing and include alliances with Brigitte Gabriel’s Act! For America; Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (also known as Stop Islamization of America); David Horowitz’s Freedom Center; Daniel Pipes’s Middle East Forum (where Goldstein once worked as a director of the group’s legal project); Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice; and David Yerushalmi’s Society of Americans for National Existence. Goldstein has also been a frequent guest on Fox News. (Neither Goldstein nor Lawfare Project staff attorney Lori Tucker responded to Truthout’s repeated requests for an interview.)”

  2. Tom Suarez on June 3, 2019, 12:05 pm

    Brava to Dr. Najjar for taking a stand against this outrage. A quick search on Quora brought up examples of consummate bigotry that Quora does not, apparently, consider hate speech. For example, Idan Tobis, who identifies himself as ex-IDF, writes (in regard to Dr. Najjar) that “Palestinian” is “an ideology which is patently anti-Semitic.”
    This is the sort of dangerous, fascistic ignorance that Quora is caving to.

    • Jackdaw on June 3, 2019, 2:22 pm

      @Tom

      Why don’t you tidy up the footnotes in your book.
      They’re a mess, and always skewed against Israel.

      Shoddy research and tenuous conclusions.

  3. Kay24 on June 3, 2019, 1:18 pm

    Apparently, now the word “zionism” is a code word for “anti-semitism”. I heard Brett Stephens mention it when discussing Rep. Ilham Omar. I guess having your kid in the IDF must make you feel fiercely protective of the zionists. I am glad Dr. RIma Najjar is taking this further, and maybe will clear this up. Maybe the court system can help differentiate criticizing Israel, and what anti-semitism is. Shame on Quora.

    You realize just how paranoid these websites are, when you find yourself banned. Personally, I was taken aback when Dailykos “banned” me from making comments that criticized Israel.
    Who are they so afraid of? I criticized the president, Saudi Arabia, and the Republicans, and they said nothing, but apparently criticizing Israel is not permissible. It is all about the Benjamins.

  4. annie on June 3, 2019, 1:28 pm

    This is fantastic! at one time I read a very long exchange, or a series of exchanges, between Rima and Quora and it was so bizarre, like alice in wonderland. it was as if one had to jump through constant impossible hoops. the idea that a palestinian wouldn’t be able to reference themselves as in exile is so very disturbing. i was reminded of that student taking the SAT and claiming she was emotionally destabilized by and edward said poem referencing exile.

    I’m so glad she’s suing. It’s just unbelievable that a site such as Quora, a question-and-answer website, doesn’t allow palestinians to answer even the most basic questions about themselves without a horde of zionists collapsing their every breath.

  5. Jackdaw on June 3, 2019, 2:23 pm

    What part of, ‘Be Nice, Be Respectful’, don’t you get?

    • pgtl10 on June 3, 2019, 3:46 pm

      The part where Zionists constantly abuse the platform to shut down dissent? How much do you get paid to post your dribble here?

    • Kay24 on June 3, 2019, 4:30 pm

      They mean be respectful to other commenters. Israel has to earn respect, and not demand it.
      If I can criticize my own country, and so many others, I have the right to criticize Israel too.
      No nation has exclusive rights to not be criticize especially when it behaves badly and arrogantly.

    • Mooser on June 3, 2019, 4:57 pm

      I wonder “Jackdaw”, are American and European Jews, those Jews not in Israel, “in exile”?

    • annie on June 3, 2019, 6:29 pm

      What part of, ‘Be Nice, Be Respectful’, don’t you get?

      As in:

      ‘It hurts me, jackdaw, so much that people think palestinians are a people that exist because Israel was a land with no people for a people (like jews) with no land. so how could there be anyone but jews in exile from our land? people claiming there was ever a palestine is painful enough but saying there are palestinian people is even worse! and then claiming they are in exile is downright mean and rude. claiming they are a diaspora or in exile is double mean and rude and totally disrespectful of jews, who absolutely everyone knows are the only diaspora from our jewish homeland and the only people who have ever been exiled from our land. it’s antisemitic to claim otherwise, only people who want to hurt jews would claim such a mean thing. Isn’t it bad enough we have to look at that stupid gold dome in the middle of our capitol? the only people who should be answering questions on Quora about our ancestral homeland are Jews. period. full stop! these people are trying to erase our history! make them stop!’

      you mean like that jack?

      • Marnie on June 4, 2019, 7:10 am

        Waiting for a jackdaw to reply…….

        His answer: Be Nice, Be Respectful! Only applies to non-jews.

        (That was a very creepy unhinged post btw, one of millions I’m sure).

      • annie on June 4, 2019, 12:17 pm

        don’t hold your breath marnie

    • Misterioso on June 4, 2019, 9:44 am

      @Jackdaw

      “What part of, ‘Be Nice, Be Respectful’, don’t you get?”

      History makes it very clear that one should never ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Respectful’ to fascists.

  6. Keith on June 3, 2019, 4:29 pm

    FOLKS- It is time for a reality check. The internet was developed by empire, it is controlled by empire and by and large will serve the imperial agenda. It will most certainly not be used to resist empire and those who think that the empire will treat the internet like a utility they have a “right” to use are only deluding themselves. The relative freedom of usage we have had up until now was a pleasant introduction, nothing more. Social media has become on balance an instrument of social control, the new “opiate” of the proletariat.

  7. JustJessetr on June 3, 2019, 11:24 pm

    Najjar is wasting her time. Quora, like FB etc. , is a private party. They can uninvite anyone they want. It’s not a first amendment issue because the government isn’t blocking anyone.

  8. Citizen on June 4, 2019, 1:49 am

    Quora does not merely censor and/or ban Palestinians critical of Zionism or Israel. It does the same with anyone so critical. I know. I ‘ve been suspended from Quora a number of times for taking polite and factual issue with the text of legions of hasbara writers on that platform.

  9. Elizabeth Block on June 4, 2019, 8:51 am

    In Toronto there’s a “Walk with Israel” every year, and a group of us anti-Zionists have, shall we say, a presence along the line of the walk. Most of the comments we get are hostile – you should have been burned in the ovens, etc. – though once in a while someone has thanked us for being there. But my all-time favourite comment was the woman who said, “This is just a march. Why are you bringing politics into it?”
    Of course! Criticizing the status quo is political. Supporting it is not. And it appears that you are “nice” and “respectful” only if you support the status quo.

  10. rthomas13 on June 4, 2019, 9:07 am

    Same thing happened to me on Quota. Clearly zionists are making every effort to exclude everyone else from public discussion of the issues of I/P.

  11. rthomas13 on June 4, 2019, 9:11 am

    No. Quota is a public accommodation so it matters not whether it is a private corporation. No discrimination on the basis of national origin is permitted.

  12. rthomas13 on June 4, 2019, 9:14 am

    No. Quota is a public accommodation so it matters not whether it is a private corporation. No discrimination on the basis of national origin is permitted. This is California law.

  13. Jon66 on June 4, 2019, 9:35 am

    Wait
    So the alleged banning because of being Palestinian is wrong, but the banning(boycott) of Israelis because of their national origin is just fine.

    • FightTribalism on June 4, 2019, 11:05 am

      Boycott of Israel is not because of national origin but because Israel is slowly ethnically cleansing Palestinians.

      • Jon66 on June 4, 2019, 1:14 pm

        Professor Najjar is claiming that by not allowing her express her opinions in her own way with a Palestinian viewpoint that they are discriminating based upon national origin. Quora says it not her national origin, but rather her language that is the issue.
        The call for a boycott of Israel is obviously based upon national origin. You may have a reason why you think it is OK to discriminate based upon this, but most people who discriminate have some self-justification.

      • annie on June 4, 2019, 1:34 pm

        There’s a difference between calling for boycott and answering a query, on a Q&A site, about the boycott, from a Palestinian prospective.

      • FightTribalism on June 4, 2019, 3:59 pm

        You are still playing with words. Boycott OF Israel is NOT BECAUSE it’s Israel.The reason for boycott is, in part, because Israel is discriminating against Palestinian individuals, (and you are supposedly against discrimination right?) and not just because Israel is Israel.

      • Jon66 on June 4, 2019, 5:17 pm

        Fight,
        “Boycott OF Israel is NOT BECAUSE it’s Israel.The reason for boycott is, in part, because Israel is discriminating against Palestinian individuals”

        Banning OF the professor is NOT BECUSE she’s Palestinian. The reason for the banning is because of the tone of the answers she gives.

      • FightTribalism on June 5, 2019, 10:31 am

        Jon66 Sounds like you agree with me that boycott of Israel is not discrimination, but claim that banning of Palestinian professor is similarly not discrimination either. I guess we are half way there.

        It is clear that the professor is banned, not because of the tone, but because of the content of her posts. She was banned to suppress information about discrimination and slow ethnic cleansing of Palestinian individuals by the state of Israel. I suppose that banning someone to enable to enable and protect discrimination is not discrimination on the narrowest of technicalities.

      • Jon66 on June 5, 2019, 11:37 am

        Fight,
        Boycotting Israelis because of they are from Israel is the definition of discrimination based upon national origin. If you want to boycott particular individuals or companies because you disagree with policies, that is different.
        The professor is claiming that her views and her national origin are synonymous. That to hold her accountable for her views/tone is discrimination based upon her place of origin. Since there are others who hold the same views/ tone and are from other places and there are those of the same origin who disagree, I think she has no real point to the lawsuit.

      • FightTribalism on June 5, 2019, 12:16 pm

        Jon66 You are using Israelis as an economic human shields. Boycott is of Israel and not of Israelis. Israel is an organized state with rules and institutions while Israelis are group of individuals with a common background. Organizations and individuals would be boycotted insofar as they provide support to the state of Israel. In fact, many Israelis are advocating for BDS.

      • Jon66 on June 5, 2019, 6:59 pm

        Fight

        I’m simply stating that refusing to do business with folks simply because of their country of origin is plainly discrimination based upon the same.

  14. pgtl10 on June 4, 2019, 10:44 am

    From my understanding Quora has the same issue with other Middle Eastern countries and Pakistan. The site is a hate site masquerading as a place of discussion.

  15. FightTribalism on June 4, 2019, 11:03 am

    It is not Quora that banned this woman, but some person in Quora that is acting as a gatekeeper for Israel. Quora as a business is being hurt as a result of such gate keeping.

  16. Qualtrough on June 4, 2019, 1:02 pm

    Reddit is just as bad. I’ve been banned from r/politics, r/worldnews, and r/news for less. The conflation of anti-israel or anti-zionist sentiment with anti-semitism is deliberate and increasingly common.

  17. Qualtrough on June 4, 2019, 1:06 pm

    Reddit is just as bad. I’ve been banned from r/politics, r/worldnews, and r/news for less. The conflation of anti-israel or anti-zionist sentiment with anti-semitism is deliberate and increasingly common. Any criticism of Israel, however mild, is simply unacceptable to Zionists. On a number of occasions I have asked Zionists to offer examples of criticism of Israel by non-Jews/Zionists/Israelis that they find acceptable and never received a reply.

  18. HarryLaw on June 4, 2019, 6:33 pm

    Baroness Chakrabarti recommended in her report commissioned by the Labour Party these views on the terms “Zio” and “Zionist”

    I recommend that the word “Zio” should have no place in Labour Party discourse going forward. Page 9

    And at page 12.. My advice to critics of the Israeli State and/or Government is to use the term “Zionist” advisedly, carefully and never euphemistically or as part of personal abuse. https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Chakrabarti-Inquiry-Report-30June16.pdf

  19. Mrsjareth on July 4, 2019, 4:50 pm

    You get ’em Dr. Najjar! Quora’s biased censorship has poinsoned the platform and driven many of the best writers away. I am repeatedly blocked for alleged violations that clearly are not violations to anyone without a twisted outlook. Ive had my intellectual property deleted without cause, repeatedly and Quora mods have incredible prejudices in violation of their own policies. They have vendettas on certain users. It needs to end, period. The mods are virtual nazis. I hope Dr. Najjar wins every penny from the horrible people who work without ethics in a haze of sanctimonious misattributed righteousness. Karma is a b—-.

  20. unweder on September 2, 2019, 2:16 pm

    I have had very similar experiences to Dr. Najjar on Quora. There seems to be an especially rabid coterie of posters on the site who will attack any writer who – no matter how mild – criticises Israel. I’ve also had a few encounters with Idan Tobis, who in my estimation actively engages in hate speech. However, he never seems to get sanctioned for posting comments such as comparing the Palestinian people to nothing more than Arab squatters.

    There is definitely a double standard at play. Therefore, in the interest of being fair to everyone who wishes to participate on the forum I wish Dr. Najjar well.

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