Last week, I left this comment at an article published at the web site of The Economist:
Since the PLO came into existence in 1964, when there was no “occupation” nor “settlements,” either there must be some other reason for Arab savagery and terror or those who are pro-Palestine simply don’t want Jews to reside anywhere in the Middle East in their own country.
I then received this letter:
Dear Yisrael Medad,
The attached comment, posted under the pen name Rightworder, has been deleted from The Economist online. The comment was removed because it breaks our comments policy:
We remind you that repeated violation of our comments policy may result in your being blocked from posting comments on The Economist online.
Comments Moderator The Economist online
Since you do not specify exactly how I violated or infracted your rules, I am left with the choice of guessing. Was it the phrase “Arab savagery“?
I could assume that using “Arab” would fall under this prohibition:
Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages containing material that is obscene, racist, homophobic or sexist or that contains any form of hate speech;
I was, of course, referring to suicide bombers, car-rammers, the persons who butchered Jews in a synagogue with actual meat cleavers, firebombing civilian vehicles and other acts which any normative person would define as savagery. And since they were committed by Arabs, I don’t see how I could have otherwise described the point I was making.
If I am wrong in my assumption, please so inform me so that I may be able to comment at your publications’ website without fear of restrictions on my right to free speech and expression even within your rules.
Searching around, I found that The Economist is very strict vis a vis pro-Israel comment-makers.
The State of Israel was envisioned as a European Jewish state, not simply a Jewish state; history proved the concerns of the Jews of Europe correct, but they made no attempt to integrate themselves into the Middle East and thought they could “displace” the Arabs as if they were Native American or Aboriginals.
Despite the attempts of the Israelis, they will never succeed in turning the Arabs into minorities…The Arabs are tied to the land; it does not matter how long it takes; they will take it back. The question for Israelis, of non-European origin, is do they wish to stay on a sinking ship?
That is far worse than my language.
I will try to remain within the rules but still protect my freedom of expression.