Huffington Post censors video showing hate for Obama in Jerusalem

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Reaction to Obama's VisitI wouldn’t normally post something like this as it falls outside the range of topics we normally cover but thought it was worth sharing. Filmmaker Max Blumenthal—whose work I’ve linked to before—shot the video below in Jerusalem on the eve of President Obama’s trip to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The video which documents the views of young Israelis and Jewish Americans on President Obama, was yanked from the Huffington Post site with the following statement “I don’t see that it has any real news value … For me it only proves that one can find drunk people willing to say just about anything. Especially drunk, moronic people.” Inebriated or not, the video is very disturbing and NSFW. Watch:


Blumenthal addressed the censoring of the video on Mondoweiss:

The criticism of my video raised an interesting journalistic issue: Is reporting any less credible when interview subjects are drinking alcohol? Of course not. Journalists interview people at bars all the time, especially in broadcast packages. Beer does not, to my knowledge, contain a special drug that immediately infects drinkers with white supremacist sentiments, violent rhetoric, and anti-democratic tendencies. I get drunk as much as any social drinker and I have never called for “white power” or declared, “fuck the niggers!” as one of my interviewees did. No amount of alcohol could make me express opinions that were not authentically mine. If anything, alcohol is a crude form of truth serum that lubricates the release of closely held opinions and encourages confessional talk.

The notion that the racist diatribes in my video emerged spontaneously from a beery void is a delusion, but for some, it is a necessary one. It allows them to erect a psychological barrier against acknowledging the painful consequences of prolonged Zionist indoctrination. And it enables them to dismiss the disturbing spectacle of young Jews behaving like fascist soccer hooligans in the heart of the capitol of Israel and the spiritual home of the Jewish people.

The people in my video were not white trash, nor were they the “extreme right-wing fringe” as some bloggers have called them. They were the college-educated sons and daughters of middle and upper class American Jews from cosmopolitan metropolises and genteel suburbs. Some had come to Israel on vacation, some had made aliyah, and some told me they were planning to move to Israel in the near future. Many were dual citizens of America and Israel. They may have behaved in a moronic way, but they will not grow up to toil in the custodial arts. Many of these kids will move into white-collar jobs and use their influence to advance Israeli initiatives. Programs like Birthright Israel  — a few of those in my video were on Birthright tours — exist for the exclusive purpose of indoctrinating American Jews into unyielding, unthinking supporters of Israel. Thus the kids in my video represent at least one aspect of the Zionist project’s future base of political sustenance.

Whatever side you come down on, it’s hard to believe there will ever be peace in this region of the world, so long as religion dominates the lives of those who call it home.

I will close with the same Obama quote Blumenthal used at the end of his post as it sums things up better than anything I could ever write myself…

“Any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it.”

Post by ILO on 06/07/09 at 1:12 am