Twitter, pressured by Jewish group, cleansing internet of anti-Netanyahu material

My letter to Twitter legal department

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

Twitter has asked me to remove the above tweet, due to a complaint from the leading French Jewish group, the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF). Below is a copy of my email correspondence with the Twitter Legal Department.

Dear Twitter,

I most certainly am not going to remove this content. It consists of a brilliant, incisive work of art by David Dees, who is widely viewed as one of the two or three most important (and most-viewed) political artists working today. I am copying him on this email.

The art work in question is a passionate protest against the brutal abuse of the human rights of Palestinians by the war criminal leader of Israel, Netanyahu. Many thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians have been slaughtered in repeated assaults on Gaza by the Netanyahu regime, which routinely drops white phosphorus on civilian targets, bombs ambulances, schools, hospitals, refugee shelters and UN humanitarian installations, and refers to these regular massacres of thousands of innocents as routine “mowing the lawn.”

These and other atrocities are committed in order to ethnically cleanse Palestine and purify it as a “Jewish State.” So Dees’ use of the Israeli flag with the Star of David, and the images of rabbis, is entirely appropriate in context, as is the use of the US flag symbolizing US complicity in these crimes. (I am copying Naturei Karta International, a group of anti-Zionist Jews led by my colleague Rabbi Weiss, and will happily take down the content if the Rabbi thinks it is bigoted or inappropriate.) Calling out Jewish-Zionist and American oppressors does not amount to bigotry against Zionist Jews or Americans. Both of these two human groups are powerful in relation to other groups, and both are using their power to horrifically oppress the relatively powerless people of Palestine.

There is no bigotry in siding with the powerless against the powerful. The concept of bigotry is only meaningful in relation to prejudices against relatively powerless, oppressed groups, not powerful oppressing ones. If you start censoring people for “prejudice against the powerful” where will it end? Will we be prohibited from mocking, deriding, deploring, and otherwise verbally and artistically attacking rich people, politicians, CEOs, dictators, ruling classes, celebrities, bullies, and other powerful and privileged individuals and groups?

I will be happy to discuss these issues with representatives from Twitter and/or CRIF, am available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. US Central, and eagerly await your call.  I speak fluent French and would love to speak with a CRIF representative en français.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kevin Barrett

(phone number redacted)

On Apr 13, 2017, at 5:26 PM, Twitter Legal <[email protected]> wrote:
Dear Twitter user,

We are writing to inform you that Twitter has received correspondence from the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), regarding your Twitter account, @truthjihad, specifically:

https://twitter.com/truthjihad/status/831876287245463553

One of our core values is to defend and respect the user’s voice. Accordingly, it is our standard policy to notify users upon receipt of a request to remove content from their account.  

We are notifying you of this request about your account so that you may decide whether or how you will respond. Please let us know (by replying directly to this email) whether you will remove the reported content. Please note that we may be obligated to take action regarding the content identified in the request in the future.

For more information on our Country Withheld Content policy please see this page: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169222

If you believe we have contacted you in error, please reply to this email and let us know.

Twitter is not able to provide legal advice. You may wish to consult legal counsel about this matter. For more general information on legal requests, please refer to the following Help Center article: https://t.co/lrfaq.

Sincerely,
Twitter

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Reported Username: @truthjihad
Reporter Username: @Le_CRIF
Reporter Email: [Redacted]
Reported URL: 
https://twitter.com/truthjihad/status/831876287245463553

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13 Responses to "Twitter, pressured by Jewish group, cleansing internet of anti-Netanyahu material"

  1. Carnaptious  April 14, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Someone really doesn’t like this article. When I tried to login, up popped a redirect URL, and that led to a 500 internal server error. I was able to login by using a reply to comment login.

    Seems to me, Mr. Barrett, that offering copies of the offending artwork in poster size – on Twitter – would be a good way to show your contempt for this latest attempt to censor speech.

    I’m a big fan of Dees work. I’d buy one.

  2. Peter Johnson  April 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

    It’s actually a very brilliant strategy — the hypocritical occupied governments can’t censor as easily as private companies, so the communications organs are privatised, or purportedly privatised.

    It’s now a race to see if the system can be changed before the censorship takes hold.

  3. Trakkath  April 14, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Latest Holo-Injustice in germany
    Horst Mahler – die letzten Aufnahmen vor seinem Haftantritt am 19 April 2017
    https://youtu.be/XgER5I_hWmc

    • Trakkath  April 14, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Horst Mahler on 9.04.2017 / Last speech prior to his renewed imprisonment on 19.04.2017
      https://youtu.be/NM5XIVoX9n4

  4. Khalid Talaat  April 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I am a firm believer in the two state solution. The zionist from israhell go back to their first state, khazaria/ukrain and; the Palestinians do the same and return to their first state Palestine. Hence the two state solution.
    Israhell was based on genocide, maintained by genocide and will end in genocide unless the zionists accept the two staye solution.

    • Khalid Talaat  April 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      I hwar it is tough to clean so much blood on ones hands. Godd luck with the cleaning.

  5. wjabbe  April 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    It was reported that Netanyahu had 40 bodyguards in NY. Why so many? Wouldn’t they get in each other ‘s way? He must fear an attack or something. I wonder why he is so afraid? You don’t suppose he knows he has mistreated the Palestinians do you and fears for his life and hence needs so many bodyguards?

    • wjabbe  April 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I believe Netanyahu does not possess a conscience. He behaves more like a robot than a human being with compassion for others. Imagine if someone treated him like he treats the Palestinians? He evidently is so ignorant he has never heard of the Golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” How would he like to be treated as he treats the Palestinians?

    • wjabbe  April 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Netanyahu and Trump must both be impeached ASAP lest they blow up the planet and kill every living thing on Earth.

    • JohnZ  April 14, 2017 at 6:58 am

      I believe he is a Golem.

    • JohnZ  April 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

      40 bodyguards? One well placed bomb and that would end his bloody career along with his body guards.

  6. davor  April 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Recently Netanyahu said that denying Israel’s connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that Chinese don’t have connection to the Great Wall of China. And recently also the Chinese officials said that it is a tragedy that Palestine doesn’t have a statehood next to Israel. Does that mean that Netanyahu will by premise accept the Chinese standpoint and obey by it? Wouldn’t that be a state executive model for greatness, if he already took the liberty to go all in to equate Israel with China on a civilizational basis? I could make such claims on for example Stonehenge and send armies there to conquer it and equate it with my holy place as Israel’s Temple Mount and Chinese Great Wall.

  7. davor  April 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I would ask mr. Dees to put up an artwork of a laughing Benjamin Netanyahu as a monumental pissing boy from Brussels, pissing down on Yad Vashem, while the souls of tragically perished Jews from history scream back to him from the memorial “We didn’t sacrifice so you could murder and scatter Palestinians and other people at will!!” or/and “Stop pissing at the memory of us!” or/and “Are we the dead also anti-Semites?”. Cause from my standpoint that is the most obvious contradiction in Netanyahu’s and Likud policy.
    Support for mr. Barrett here, and for two-state solution. Let Netanyahu be impeached for his war crimes (Palestine and abroad) and may he not be allowed to run for another elections. I come from a “territorially fragile” country and I know what does it feel to have your country targeted or strategically claimed from just outside your territory, from different allied, religious and ethnic standpoints, and I know that what you have been doing has not helped the cause, none of us in the end (bribing, blackmailing and asking America to bomb and decimate your neighbors). So mr. Netanyahu, there is nothing out there in this world that can support your theory of threatening Israel, there is no such phenomenological particularity of your country.

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