On May 20, 2011
On this day we posted on this weblog the blogpost: Twitter Death for Occupied Palestine.
Twitter suspended the account of occupiedpalestine. Also twitter unsuspended it again a few days later with the message that we had been tweeting “unrelated tweets” into a “trending topic”. This trending topic was the #MESpeech and discussing or posting #Palestine related news or resources is definitly not unrelated at all. But hence, twitter is to be added to the Free Speech killers as Facebook the new online checkpoint, for indiscriminately censoring specific tweeps or hashtags from use or trending or worse than that, allowing tweeps to tweet but exclude them from worldwide searches and thus trending.
The concept of twitter and it’s hashtags implicates, that when someone is interested in a specific topic, she or he goes after the hashtag, uses a monitor or looks for tweeps using those to follow. But excluded from this, no tweep can find a co-tweep to exchange knowledge, opinion or just conversate about it. Which is at least the destinated use of twitter to “social network”.
But as all experienced (pro) Palestine bloggers/posters know, whenever we hit the topic PALESTINE we are deleted very quickly, restricted or removed. Especially on Facebook we even get errorpages which have literally the names: roadblock.php and checkpoint.php. Speaking about #Sarcasm…
May 22, 2011 : Ynet Publishes a “Web War Declaration”YNet published an article to call all pro-zion Israelis to “webduty” (again) and announced a “Web War declaration” in which “recruits” are called to do their duty to influence people aka sustain the hasbara.
This also not new. Amir Gissin, Director Public Affairs (Hasbara) Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem posted on July 22 on the website of www.standwithus.com — an pro-Israel advocacy organization a previous call which was immediately reported by Electronic Intifada . Head hasbara issued in the same months a tool named Megaphone, to “weapon” online pro-israeli activists to save hasbara and sustain dying romatic myths about Israel preventing them from a digital and even global awakening or even meltdown!
On the same day – because we are not to chicken to engage in an offer to a digital sparring-party, we launched an answer: The Digital Intifada 3.0, no live rounds like Israel uses to oppress or even literally silence to death people which protest the regime, but plain bytes of truth, with a load of resources, handbooks, howto’s and history. Hence, this whole blog is designed as an archive for we know, if we just post links, GIYUS and company will censor or complain themselves anywhere to get something removed from the web.
The latest example is the GIYUS efforts on Youtube on the song of Oneworld, even trying to shut up passionate Human Rights & Justice Lovers from singing, and within one day thousands of “dislikes” were pushed on the song and of course Facebook was the first to destroy the initiative by removing all links, blocking them as well on which we replied with this post: Checkpoint “HaSefer Bli Paneem” (Book without Face) Can’t Stop “One World” From Singing for Palestine!
In the cage…
Now it seems, #Palestine or Palestine loving mankind, again, is being harressed by restrictions, and the siege on Palestine is not only physical in the occupied territories but extended to Cyberspace as well, restricting the freedom of movement of bytes by excluding tweeps from being visible in searches. We regard this a very lame act of censorship for the Internet is designed to exchange knowledge, data, communication and these kind of free speech killers oppose everything what the Internet stands for.
It is also a great insult to anyone seeking information, offering them a limited censored selection of tweets, posts or links, or block even a whole topic from trending at all. We do not live in the ages of stone it’s 2011!
So we want to Announce…
We are waiting for quick removal of this restriction and new online otser ( curfew) on twitter. Because even if we have to go throw bottles in the sea with news, you can not stop us anyway. There is a movement going on of people, who ARE interested in the truth, in both sides, or just seeking all information and it is a severe violation of the right and freedom of speech to restrict people of (re)posting, links or articles which were -by the way- already covered by mainstream media in the first place!
We ask you to retweet and repost our links as much as possible.
This blog is covering all news about Palestine available over 24 hours a day and covering almost all news from reliable sources as well as posts live from the ground of Palestine in an effort for Justice and Humanright in Palestine, and as well as Palestine deserves Justice and truth, you deserve it also so we are putting huge efforts in maintaining the spreading of facts in hope the global awakening and the truth will win. Palestine is not waiting on a next remark “Wir haben es nicht gewusst…“
Join us, let the #DigitalIntifada go on and spread the news for the sake of Palestine, it’s people, it’s refugees, the martyrs and the children… which are our future.