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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites 512

An anonymous reader writes with an unpleasant statistic from France, quoting David Corchia, who heads a service employed by large French news organizations to sift through and moderate comments made on their sites. Quoting YNet News: Corchia says that as an online moderator, generally 25% to 40% of comments are banned. Moderators are assigned with the task of filtering comments in accordance with France's legal system, including those that are racist, anti-Semitic or discriminatory. Regarding the war between the Israelis and Hamas, however, Corchia notes that some 95% of online comments made by French users are removed. "There are three times as many comments than normal, all linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," added Jeremie Mani, head of another moderation company Netino. "We see racist or anti-Semitic messages, very violent, that also take aim at politicians and the media, sometimes by giving journalists' contact details," he added. "This sickening content is peculiar to this conflict. The war in Syria does not trigger these kinds of comments."
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

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  • Re:maybe (Score:4, Informative)

    by Attila Dimedici ( 1036002 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @10:30AM (#47542877)
    Well, the death toll for two days in Syria during those same two week was 700, would you care to guess how that will scale over the rest of the year? My guess is that it will be significantly higher than the death toll in Palestine over the same period.
  • Re:It's obvious. (Score:5, Informative)

    by dskoll ( 99328 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @10:49AM (#47543023) Homepage

    From the Israeli Declaration of Independence:

    THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open to the immigration of Jews from all countries of their dispersion; will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex; will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture; will safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions; and will dedicate itself to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

    From the Hamas charter:

    Ye are the best nation that hath been raised up unto mankind: ye command that which is just, and ye forbid that which is unjust, and ye believe in Allah. And if they who have received the scriptures had believed, it had surely been the better for them: there are believers among them, but the greater part of them are transgressors. They shall not hurt you, unless with a slight hurt; and if they fight against you, they shall turn their backs to you, and they shall not be helped. They are smitten with vileness wheresoever they are found; unless they obtain security by entering into a treaty with Allah, and a treaty with men; and they draw on themselves indignation from Allah, and they are afflicted with poverty. This they suffer, because they disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew the prophets unjustly; this, because they were rebellious, and transgressed.

    This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.

    Any procedure in contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.

    It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis.

    Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Moslem people. "May the cowards never sleep."

    The Islamic Resistance Movement consider itself to be the spearhead of the circle of struggle with world Zionism and a step on the road. The Movement adds its efforts to the efforts of all those who are active in the Palestinian arena. Arab and Islamic Peoples should augment by further steps on their part; Islamic groupings all over the Arab world should also do the same, since all of these are the best-equipped for the future role in the fight with the warmongering Jews.

    "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

  • Re:maybe (Score:5, Informative)

    by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @11:51AM (#47543381)

    The "fun" part is that being anti-Israel currently is less antisemitic than it is antifascist...

    The "fun" part is how thin that beard is [], especially when European Jews are being threatened and attacked as part of the rioting and violence in various European countries when the object of the protests is supposedly Israel.

    ‘Gas the Jews!’: European anti-Semitism during the Gaza crisis []

    "They are not screaming 'death to the Israelis' on the streets of Paris, " Roger Cuikerman, head of French Jewish political group CRIF, said. "They are screaming ‘death to the Jews.'" ....

    According to the Associated Press, anti-Semitic slogans have popped up in protests inside Germany. "Gas the Jews," has been chanted at some protests, according to the Associated Press

    Well, many people have a hard time "thinking straight" [] when it comes to Israel.

  • Re:Meta-problem (Score:2, Informative)

    by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @11:54AM (#47543399) Homepage

    Another piece of evidence towards this point: After the wars with Israel, Jordan found itself with a good amount of Palestinian refugees. Publicly, Jordan bemoaned the horrible fate of these Palestinians. They were living in tents and looked horrible. However, Jordan could have easily settled them within their territory. They chose not to because - for all of their claims of caring about the Palestinians - their "care" was about how the Palestinians could be manipulated to make Israel look bad.

    This conflict has not only been exasperated by people on the Israeli and Palestinian sides, but it has been egged on by Arab states who either hate Israel or who use hatred of Israel to distract their populace from their own misdeeds. (Or both.)

  • by IamTheRealMike ( 537420 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @05:50PM (#47545815)

    My memory is a bit foggy, when was the IRA importing mass shipments of long range artillery rockets from Iran and firing them at the UK?

    They never did. They got the shipments from Libya instead [].

    Note that these weapons included rockets propelled grenades, surface to air missiles, flamethrowers, explosives and lots of machine guns.

    By the way, a big source of IRA funding and support was the USA. But everyone has conveniently forgotten that post 9/11. Given the constant US wailing over the funding of terrorism, it'd be impolite to recall the open IRA fundraising activities that occurred in places like Boston.

  • by grcumb ( 781340 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @06:00PM (#47545883) Homepage Journal

    Ireland didn't do anything remotely like what Hamas is doing to Israel. If it did, you would have seen the relevant bits of Ireland flattened like what England helped do to Nazi Germany.

    I don't really have a side in this argument. But I do feel compelled to mention that England absolutely did terrible, terrible things in trying to quell the Irish problem. Oliver Cromwell famously said that Catholics were welcome to go to 'Hell or Connaught []' as he drove them from the Pale. (Those of you who can see beyond the postcard photos will know that Connaught is close enough to Hell when you're trying to work a farm.)

    The potato 'famine []' was a direct result of predatory practices put in place by the British and Anglo-Irish to keep the Irish poor and desperate. Over a million people died. But this practice had been going on for years and years beforehand. Deacon Smith's A Modest Proposal [] , considered one of the greatest examples of satire in the English language, was a direct response to the appalling depredations of the landlord class in Ireland.

    In fact the intransigence of the problem of Northern Ireland is a direct result of the British relocating large numbers of people (mostly Scots) to Ulster in order to create a 'buffer' population. Now, 400 years on, they have a very similar problem to that experienced by the Israelis, who tragically are using almost exactly the same tactics to deal with it, proving that they've failed to learn a thing from the fight for Irish independence.

  • Re:maybe (Score:5, Informative)

    by nbauman ( 624611 ) on Sunday July 27, 2014 @06:06PM (#47545913) Homepage Journal

    The "fun" part is that being anti-Israel currently is less antisemitic than it is antifascist...

    Please explain why Israel or Jews are fascist.

    Because they do things like this: []

    773. At about 12.50 p.m., Khalid Abd Rabbo, his wife Kawthar, their three daughters, Souad (aged 9), Samar (aged 5) and Amal (aged 3), and his mother, Hajja Souad Abd Rabbo, stepped out of the house, all of them carrying white flags. Less than 10 metres from the door was a tank, turned towards their house. Two soldiers were sitting on top of it having a snack (one was eating chips, the other chocolate, according to one of the witnesses). The family stood still, waiting for orders from the soldiers as to what they should do, but none was given. Without warning, a third soldier emerged from inside the tank and started shooting at the three girls and then also at their grandmother. Several bullets hit Souad in the chest, Amal in the stomach and Samar in the back. Hajja Souad was hit in the lower back and in the left arm.

    [The IDF refused to let an ambulance bring them to the hospital, so they walked. Amal and Souad died. Samar had a spinal injury and was left paraplegic for life. The Israeli government never investigated this event or prosecuted the soldier responsible.]

  • Re:maybe (Score:3, Informative)

    by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Monday July 28, 2014 @03:29AM (#47548011)

    Because they do things like this: []... []

    That isn't an indication of fascism, which is a particular political organization of the state. If that allegation is true is may constitute a war crime - if it is true and there are no mitigating factors. The truth of that allegation isn't clear, and it is completely unrelated to the organization of Israel's government.

    Let's check another source.

    HRW’s Credibility Gap: 14 Versions of the Abed Rabbo “White Flags” Incident []

    Such highly-charged moral accusations, and the repeated use of terms like “war crimes”, are largely based on Palestinian “testimony”, while the ability to verify these allegations is very limited or impossible. Although HRW repeated the misleading claim (in its Sept 10 statement) that its “on-the-ground investigations found no evidence of Palestinian fighters in the area at the time”, HRW had no researchers in Gaza until weeks after the fighting. Their entirely non-transparent, “investigations” apparently consisted of recording Palestinian statements in an interview process that is readily subject to manipulation, conducted by HRW officials who lack professional credentials and have a clear bias, (in this report, Joe Stork ) and are therefore impossible to evaluate.

    As in numerous other examples of highly flawed HRW “investigations” (Gaza Beach, the 2006 Lebanon War, etc.), as documented in detail in NGO Monitor’s report “Experts or Ideologues ”, the evidence shows major inconsistencies and contradictions in the Abed Rabbo incident. NGO Monitor, CAMERA , and other researchers have documented at least 14 significantly different versions of the story. NGOs have published 6 distinct accounts, and 8 others are from the media. The evolution of these accounts also suggests motivations for promoting allegations that may be far from the truth.

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