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Norman Finkelstein censored, Palestine launches UN complaint, from Peter Myers

YouTube censors Norman Finkelstein on Gaza. Palestine launches UN complaint over Israeli  Racism(1) YouTube censors Norman Finkelstein video on Gaza(2) Palestine files complaint against Israel under UN anti-racism treaty(1) YouTube censors Norman Finkelstein video on GazaNorman Finkelstein to speak on Gaza, NYU, Apr. 26, 5 pmUnfortunately, NYU cancelled the room where Norman was originally supposed to speak, but the organizers found another place. Finkelstein forwarded the video and is fighting YouTube's decision.Here is YouTube's response to Norman:Hi Norman Finkelstein Site,As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow and don't allow on YouTube. Your video "WATCH IT! (May God Bless the People of Gaza)" was flagged for review. Upon review, we've determined that it violates our guidelines. We've removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.Video content restrictionsIf a video contains violent or graphic content that appears to be posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner, it's less likely to be allowed on YouTube. We also don't allow content that's intended to incite violence or encourage dangerous activities. We review content on a case by case basis and will only make limited exceptions for appropriate educational, documentary, artistic, and scientific contexts, where the purpose of posting is clear.In light of this, we ask that uploaders post as much information as possible in the title and description of their video to help us and viewers understand the primary purpose of the video. Please note, even with this additional context, it's still not acceptable to post violent or gory content that's primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful and this type of content is prohibited on YouTube. Learn more here.The impact of strikesThis is the first strike applied to your account. We understand that users seldom intend to violate our policies. That's why strikes don't last forever ®C this strike will expire in three months. However, it's important to remember that additional strikes could prevent you from posting content to YouTube or even lead to your account being terminated.How you can respondIf you believe this was a mistake, we' like to hear from you. Please follow both of these steps as simply deleting the video won't resolve the strike on your account.The next time you sign in you will be asked to acknowledge this strike on your account.If you would like to appeal this strike, please submit this form. Our team will thoroughly review your appeal and will contact you again very soon.We value your opinions and feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey.Sincerely,- The YouTube Team(2) Palestine files complaint against Israel under UN anti-racism treatyExclusive: complaint claims Israel maintains 'system of discriminatory measures'Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem, Mon 23 Apr 2018, The Guardian,<>Palestinian diplomats in Geneva have filed a complaint against Israel for what they say are breaches of its obligations under a UN anti-racism treaty, triggering what may be a lengthy and high-profile investigation.The complaint, handed in by the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Khraishi, to the body that monitors the implementation of the UN convention, accuses Israel of policies and practices that have "the common aim of displacing and replacing the Palestinian people, for the purpose of maintaining a colonial occupation".Violations in the occupied territories, which the complaint defined as the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, sought to maintain "a Jewish demographic majority in the entirety of historic Palestine", claims the 350-page document, of which the Guardian has seen a summary."Not only is the purpose of the settlement regime discriminatory in itself, it is further maintained by a system of discriminatory measures, severely depriving Palestinians of their fundamental rights," it adds.Israel ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1979 and, Palestine, which gained UN observer state status five years ago, signed in 2014. The submission is believed to be the first interstate complaint filed under the treaty.The convention is monitored by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a body of 18 independent experts that is now tasked with assessing the complaint.Although the committee has no enforcement mechanisms, Israel will now be required to submit written explanations within three months, including any remedies it has taken. The committee could then move to investigate the claims."It does not reach the level of a court order," said Ammar Hijazi, from the Palestinian ministry of foreign affairs. But he said a finding that Israel had breached the treaty would oblige other signatories to the convention, which include the US, to "ensure that such practices are not continued".The complaint claims Palestinians are severely limited in their freedom of movement compared to Israeli settlers and are subject to "confiscation and seizure" of their land, including home demolitions.It says Israel violates the right to equal treatment before tribunals by using separate legal systems for Palestinians and settlers, and points to higher maximum sentences for Palestinian defendants.It claims Israel has violated article 3 of the convention, which prohibits racial segregation and apartheid. "It is clear that Israel's acts are part of a widespread and oppressive regime that is institutionalised and systematic; that accords separate and unequal treatment to Palestinians," the summary says, calling for the dismantling of all existing Israeli settlements.The Guardian has contacted Israel's ministry of foreign affairs for comment.All countries are required to submit regular reports to the committee on how rights are being upheld. Israel's most recent report, presented in 2017, said it condemned all forms of racism and "maintained a consistent policy prohibiting such discrimination".-- Peter Myerswebsite: