YouTube Removes Inciting Videos Portraying Murder of Jews, at Israel's Request

Hamas uploaded one video dramatizing stabbing death of two Jews, while cartoon reenacted murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in West Bank.

Video encouraging Arabs to murder Jews
The video uploaded by Hamas encouraging Arabs to murder Jews, posted on the Elder of Ziyon blog, October 6, 2015. It was removed from YouTube. Screenshot

Israel said on Thursday it had asked Facebook and YouTube to remove videos it says have been encouraging Palestinian violence against Israelis in the past week.

Four Israelis have been killed in Jerusalem and the West Bank in the past week, and several Israelis were injured Wednesday and Thursday amid several stabbing attacks by Palestinians. Two Palestinians have been shot dead and scores injured in clashes with security services. Three suspected Palestinian assailants have been killed by police.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, providing an excerpt from a letter sent to Google Israel, whose parent company owns YouTube, said contact had also been made with Facebook.

"The videos depict recent terror attacks, praise the assailants and present Jews and Israelis in a hateful and racist manner, and since their publishing, three more attacks have taken place so far," the letter said.

Spokespeople for Facebook and Google Inc said they could not comment on specific videos or contacts with governments.

"YouTube has clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users," said Google spokesman Paul Solomon.

Hamas Henkin video
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Hamas uploaded to social media a video on Tuesday encouraging Palestinians to launch knife attacks on Jews, The Blaze reported.

The dramatization called on Palestinians to begin a new “intifada” and “free Al-Aqsa,” referring to the ancient mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

The video portrays actor wearing a Jewish prayer shawl and another trying to look like an ultra-Orthodox Jew. The two bully Palestinian children, who are playing in an alley reminiscent of Jerusalem’s Old City, while a young Arab man is watching his smartphone. Upset by their actions, he takes revenge by stabbing one Jew in the heart and slashing the other's throat.

YouTube deleted the video from Hamas’ channel Wednesday morning, citing a violation of its anti-hate speech policy.

YouTube also removed Wednesday at Israel's request a cartoon video that depicted the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their children on a West Bank road, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.

Israeli officials said the posted clips contained “violent and inciting content in which terrorists are praised and their acts staged in videos to promote further violence against Israelis and Jews,” according to The Times of Israel.