Israelis do a Turkey over YouTube

youtube-hamas-israelThe Israeli government is getting hacked off that scenes of its soldiers attacking Palestinians are finding their way onto YouTube.

The Israelis have managed to keep such footage off the air by forcing hacks and hackettes to submit all footage to government censorship. This has worked rather well as most of the world had been unaware of some key incidents.

But now it appears the Palestinians have been posting footage on YouTube which so far has not been censored. Israel has decided to adopt the same approach used by Turkey when its citizens post footage it does not like – it “works with” YouTube and Google to keep the footage off-line. In Turkey’s case it finds a judge to shut down YouTube completely.

Israeli daily Maariv said Tzipi Hotovely will be “working with Google and YouTube officials” in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory”.

Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices.

Hotovely said she is worried that videos showing Israeli’s behaving badly might encourage young children to go out and stab: “The attacks daily in Israel are the result of youths and children incited by the education system and the social networks, this is a daily war of incitement.”