You Can Now See All The Erroneous DMCA Takedown Requests Google Gets

December 13, 2012
You Can Now See All The Erroneous DMCA Takedown Requests Google Gets
Google does a lot of work for copyright holders in the US. Under the DMCA, Google has to delete infringing links from its search results. It used to be not such a bad job, but now the search giant is receiving over 12 million requests per month. All of those requests can’t be legitimate, right? A new tool from Google proves that to be the case.
TorrentFreak reports that Google has quietly rolled out a new feature in its transparency reports that details how many false DMCA takedown requests it receives from copyright holders. Google details these false requests in a newly updated FAQ:

From time to time, we may receive inaccurate or unjustified copyright removal requests for search results that clearly do not link to infringing content. An independent, third-party analysis of how frequently improper and abusive removal requests are submitted was conducted in 2006.

Google then lists a number of examples of where copyright holders submitted false DMCA takedown requests. Here’s some of the better ones:

A U.S. reporting organization working on behalf of a major movie studio requested removal of a movie review on a major newspaper website twice.

An individual in the U.S. requested the removal of search results that link to court proceedings referencing her first and last name on the ground that her name was copyrightable.
A driving school in the U.K. requested the removal of a competitor’s homepage from Search, on the grounds that the competitor had copied an alphabetized list of cities and regions where instruction was offered.

None of these scenarios fell under DMCA regulations, and therefore Google did not remove them. These are just examples, but Google still receives erroneous DMCA takedown requests. Our own Web site, WebProNews.com, was subject to two false takedown requests at the hands of AMC over our coverage of The Walking Dead season 3 premier. Of course, the link was non-infringing as it linked to AMC’s own stream of the premier.
DMCA takedown requests
The takedown request levied at our site, and others, was most likely fueled by AMC looking for links that mentioned “The Walking Dead” and “free.” There’s no thought put into the suggestion that there may be legitimate free sources to watch these episodes. Strangely enough, none of the links were removed despite some links offering illegitimate copies of The Walking Dead.
This latest offering from Google serves to make the DMCA takedown process more transparent, but it probably won’t have any effect on the amount of takedown requests sent by rightsholders. Current laws don’t enforce repercussions for those who send false takedown requests so there’s no reason for rightsholders to use caution. If laws ever do change, it’s almost guaranteed that the amount of takedown requests would drop to the few hundred thousand a month it was at in 2011.


More stupidity from the courts concerning #CyberStalking

April 25, 2012
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As (Volokh) noted last year, a federal prosecutor indicted a man for his campaign of insulting Twitter messages about a Buddhist religious leader, and a federal judge then dismissed the indictment on First Amendment grounds.
Some of the Twitter posts might have been seen as threatening, but the government’s theory wasn’t that they were threatening, but that they where posted “with the intent to harass and cause substantial emotional distress to” the religious leader, and actual caused such distress, in violation of the federal antistalking statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2261A. The district court correctly held that the statute was unconstitutional as applied, and left open the possibility that it might be unconstitutional on its face as well. The government appealed, but earlier this month decided to drop the appeal.
Now the Senate, rather than tightening the law to prevent its being applied to constitutionally protected speech, is considering expanding it. Section 107 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (which (Volokh) blogged about below, as to a different constitutionally troublesome provision) would take the existing statute and have it cover not just speech that causes substantial emotional distress, but also speech that “attempts to cause, or would be reasonably expected to cause substantial emotional distress,” so long as the speaker is intending to (among other things) “harass” the target. Anyone who

with the intent to … harass … uses the … any interactive computer service … to engage in a course of conduct that … causes, attempts to cause, or would be reasonably expected to cause substantial emotional distress to [the person or the person’s family member]

would now be committing a federal crime. If the statute were just limited to conduct and speech intended to threaten someone — which the rest of the statute does cover — there would be no constitutional problem. But trying to outlaw speech that is made “with the intent to … harass” and “would be reasonably expected to cause substantial emotional distress” often violates the First Amendment, as the federal judge rightly held in the Twitter case. It seems to me that Congress should be fixing this constitutional problem rather than expanding it.

This is fascism. plain and simple. proving a person has intent to upset another person is no reason to take their free expression away. I have experience with this kind of legal abuse. I’m not allowed to tell you about it apparently… or rather I’d rather not find out how stupid the legal system is again.


Cyberbully and Cyberstalker Loren Feldman 1938Media, Hackers, GoDaddy and MediaTemple are still Cybersquatting, Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking. Hacker and so called Successful Women Involved

September 6, 2011
Scary when puppeteers give psychiatric advice

…the enraged reaction shows that this certainly registered an emotional response…

…This was what was seen on Noah David Simon dot com on Wednesday September 23rd 2009. GoDaddy was warned that Loren Feldman was Cybersquatting and Harassing with bigotry and continues to promote his hate speech. …here is an example of the harassing messages Loren Feldman sends to me from the domain name he is stealing and defaming. This is not parody. this is harassment….

Godaddy_it_was_agreed between us that noahdavidsimon.com should not be on your servers at which time you wrongly switched the server to “MediaTemple“. I contacted your organization about 6 months ago about a man who is cybersquatting my name and business and is sending harrassing and at times Anti-Semitic messages from my own rightfull domain name ( this was witnessed by the Jewish Internet Defense Force and also many members of the Jewish online community. http://twitter.com/JIDF/statuses/3680124281 ) here is the icann report. Loren Feldman 1938media.com ICANN Abuse | Cairo cai.icann.org
Here is a another video of Loren Feldman harassing Igor Berger and buying his name as well as mine. Please allow me to buy my own name. What you are doing with the cybersquatting is enabling Anti-Semitism by allowing Loren Feldman to broadcast his bigotry from my name and business name. It should not take a legal team for you to do the right thing. Noah Madieros of your company suggested I take this action, but I am hoping that in light that Loren Feldman is breaking the law and is harassing the Jewish community through Anti-Semitic jokes from the domain, that action should be taken because of principle. I am also sending a copy of this email to Jewish Groups like the JIDF [PROOF] cordially, NoahDavidSimon …This was the original beef that I had with Loren Feldman. he defended a Hiemietown joke on Strumpette known as @AmandaChapel on twitter that I complained about. I had the Amanda Chapel name on facebook destroyed because it isn’t an actual person. @AmandaChapel is really a man named Brian Connolly who tried to frame myself “Noah” for rape. Strumpette is BrianConnolly’s blog.


backup: The data contained in GoDaddy.com, Inc.’s WhoIs database,Registrant: 1938 Media Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com) Domain Name: NOAHDAVIDSIMON.COM Domain servers in listed order: NS1.MEDIATEMPLE.NET NS2.MEDIATEMPLE.NET

Loren Feldman 1938media.com ICANN Abuse

Loren Feldman is a Cyberbully who abuses ICANN policy against Anticybersquating. See the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. Loren Feldman abuses people on the Internet by hateful attack on them via his website and domain names of his victims. Some of the prominent web people that he attacked are Dave Winer, Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis, and Shel Israel (Loren Feldman bought and registered www.shelisrael.com with GoDaddy.com), so GoDaddy was aware of his behavior before they allowed him to by Noah and Igor’s property. Loren Feldman attacked and made fun of Shel Israel via a Puppet parody, both on 1938media.com and Shelisrael.com …Because Noah David Simon and Igor Berger stood up to Loren Feldman and alerted the Internet Social Media community of his Cyberbullying, he started attacking. He registered Noahdavidsimon.com and Igorberger.com with Godaddy.com (Loren Feldman stated in his Ustream live video that he will use the sites for parody to attack) He even said that on Igor’s domain that he will make fun of Igor’s dead mother who passed away a month before Igor’s and Noah’s name was bought. Here are the videos where he claims to have bought the domain in order to terrorize. Loren Feldman’s video message to Noah David Simon and Loren Feldman’s video message to Igor Berger These videos were originally posted by Loren Feldman on seesmic. Igor download the videos from Seesmic and uploaded them to his Youtube account as evidence. Noahdavidsimon.com is registered by 1938media Loren Felman. @salzano Corey Salzano bought Igorberger.com with Loren Feldman. He works together with Loren Feldman @1938media Loren Feldman in his Ustream live video asked Corey Salzano to buy Igorberger.com then he in Seesmic video said Loren Feldman of owned Igorberger.com
Salzano and Feldman’s relationship was recorded on Twitter. Whois record of Igorberger.com registrant is Salzano. Loren Feldman Tweeted and tormented Igor about his dead mother in a video right after his mother died by threatening to speak Latin Curses on his name by buying Igor’s and Noah’s intellectual property. Loren Feldman gloated on Twitter over getting the domain name. Corey Salzano admited he and Loren bought these domain to terrorize. Loren Feldman and Corey Salzano must return these domains to the registrar because as per Anticybersquating he cannot use these domains of other people names to profit from. Loren Feldman promotes his brand 1938media through the domains he Cybersquates on.

yes, Hackers do try to frame you

June 3, 2011


Google Blames Being Hacked On China

Wiener’s Wiener: Dem. Rep’s ‘Hacking’ Story Falls Apart?

On Wednesday, Google admitted that some Gmail users–including senior U.S. government officials, military personnel and Chinese political activists–had been the target of a hacking campaign. And they believe that the attack came from the Chinese city of Jinan. This is the second time China and Jinan have been in Google’s crossfires. Last year it traced another attack to Jinan–the site of an important military installation–and China’s actions caused Google to decide not to cooperate with China’s censorship demands. The latest hacking offense seemed to aimed at monitoring particular users’ emails and creating unfettered access to hacked accounts by forwarding mails.  Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via nymag.com and Google Says Chinese Hackers Stole Gmail Passwords [NYT]

anyone else think hacking is rare? …but bloggers on the right still think Wiener is guilty….

It’s possible.  After all, we know the Chinese intelligence services are very adept at hacking.  And Weiner has been a critic of China’s human rights record for years, so China might have a motive.

was that offensive?
Here have some…
Nazi Porn

And we are being told that what is possible and what might have happened must be what happened.


But what is possible may not be what has happened.



It is now up to you to prove that I am wrong about the Chinese hacking theory.  If you can’t disprove it, then I am right.  And Weiner is in the clear.  Right?  I said, right? via legalinsurrection.blogspot.com


I don’t believe for one second that Wiener is guilty. I am a Jewish activist online… and I got myself into a very sticky situation legally (so bad I can’t talk about it), but the day I went to talk to a judge was the day a hacker sent something from my twitter account that framed me. It happened a few times and from multiple networks. I am still fighting to tell my story. I’m very involved with my friend the JIDF and Wiener was very involved in fighting Jihadist video on Google. There is a very good chance he was framed.

This elaborate “I was hacked” story does not ring true?

Weiner Calls for
Removal
of More than
700 Terrorist Videos
on YouTube…
could this be a motive
to hack his account
and destroy his life…
nah!


weiner

Failing to Recognize
Yerushalayim by Wiener

…Winer is guilty because you don’t believe people’s accounts get hacked?  that is a lot of faith for a network who was hacked by Iranian hackers. in fact I suspect some of the employees at twitter are part of the prank… but I have about as much evidence as this blogger has that Wiener wanted to destroy his life

Twitter hacked by Iranian Cyber Army;
signs off with poem to Khamenei



go figure… Washington State again with the accusation against men… particularly Jewish men. I hope Wiener learns a little about what goes on in this liberal state and changes his politics. I didn’t comment before because I felt my dislike of Macho Spaz Anthony Wiener would make me biased, but after reading this you know this is a sexual lynch mob as usual from the usual place. They accuse this guy of being a predator online because they refuse to acknowledge that accounts can be hacked. http://xrl.us/WienersWiener

Wiener’s Wiener with GoAnimate.com by CriticalAnalyst


YouTube death threat against Rep. Eric Cantor nets two-year prison term

April 28, 2011
Apparently he was stalking the
Jewish Internet Defense Force
before he went postal on Youtube…

Norman LeBoon, the man who admitted to posting a death threat against Rep. Eric Cantor on YouTube, received a two-year prison sentence Thursday. h/t @JIDF
Guess Laboon’s background!

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Violent Intifada page Removed

March 29, 2011
A month after the launch of a Facebook group calling for a third Intifada,

Minister of Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday, demanding that the page calling a Palestinian uprising be shut down immediately.

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The Facebook group was launched less than a month ago with the number of members growing dramatically, with nearly 250,000 people expressing support for launching a third Intifada on May 15, marked by Arabs as Nakba Day – a day where Palestinians mark the “catastrophe of Israel’s establishment.”

The founders of the Facebook group claim that they got the idea for the page from the recent uprisings throughout the Middle East that led to the ousting of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders and the fall of their regimes.

There is no need to explain what the outrageous incitement on the page in question can cause – from harming innocent Jews and Israelis and through to an armed struggle against Israel, Minister Edelstein wrote in a letter to the founder of the popular social network.

Group’s goal: Israel’s downfall

In his letter, Edelstein stressed that he wasn’t writing in his official capacity but as someone who shares the values of freedom of expression, and said he believed that there must be a discernable difference between freedom of expression and freedom to incite.

The founders of the group hope that a popular uprising like those that broke out in the Arab world would also bring about the downfall of the State of Israel, with the help of groups supporters in the Palestinian Authority and countries bordering on Israel.

Muslim boycott

The group’s doctrines include a call for simultaneous protests on the Jordanian, Egyptian and Syrian borders while Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza will launch attacks on Israeli settlements. Moreover, they ask for “the help of our brothers in Lebanon” who will assist by raining missiles down on Israel.

Since its launch, the Facebook group has received a great deal of coverage in the Palestinian and Arab media. Its founders, who remain anonymous, warned Facebook that shutting down their page would lead the Muslim world to boycott Facebook.

It seems that the threat did little to impress the site managers as one of the group’s founders who calls himself “Son of Palestine” reported calls for violence.

Son of Palestine also accused Facebook’s management team of forging the number of supporters the group has, claiming that the number is much higher than 250,000.

Calls on Facebook for Palestinian Millions to Return to Their Homes in Israel on May 15, 2011

By: L. Barkan*

Introduction

Over the past weeks, a number of Facebook pages have been launched calling on the Palestinians in Israel and abroad to hold mass demonstrations on May 15, 2011, the 63rd anniversary of Nakba Day (the establishment of the State of Israel).  The plan is for millions of Palestinian refugees to march en masse in return to the original homes of their families in Israel. The campaign is being referred to as “The 2011 March of Return,” “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution,” “The Advance of the Millions,” and even “The Third Palestinian Intifada.” Some of the Facebook pages stress that the activities are meant to be peaceful and unarmed, while others hint at violence and armed resistance. As of this writing, the Facebook pages promoting the initiative have more than 350,000 “likes” and members, though it is unclear how many of these are Palestinians and where they are from. Additionally, following a period of silence on the part of Palestinian officials, the initiative has gained the support of the PLO Department of Expatriate Affairs, which has called on Palestinians living abroad to participate in the march and to publicize it among the Palestinian communities and organizations worldwide.[1] The administrators of the Facebook pages have posted timetables to coordinate the event and called for the information to be circulated among Palestinians and their supporters everywhere, while stressing the moral and legal right of the refugees to return to their homes. Calls were also made for demonstrations and sit-down strikes in the Palestinian territories along the borders with Israel, and in Jerusalem.

The Campaign Organizers: The Refugees Have an Absolute Right to Return to Palestine

The administrators of the Facebook pages promoting the May 15 initiative explained that the Palestinian refugees had a moral and legal right to return to their homes in Palestine, and that the current situation in the region – the unrest throughout the Arab world and the internal problems in Israel – would facilitate the success of the event. The page titled “The 2011 March of Return,” which currently has more than 4,800 “likes,” said: “The goal of  [our Facebook] group… is to organize a march of millions, who, on May 15, 2011, will realize the Right of Return to Palestine in deed as well as in word. [The marchers] will set out from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank, penetrate the borders of Palestine, and return to [their] land… The Right of Return is a legal, political, human, moral, and religious right that is irrevocable and unlimited in time, and all must work toward realizing it. We call for the realization of this right through the mass return of millions of Palestinians to historical Palestine, such that every refugee and displaced person will return to his land and to the home from which he was expelled. This will be the first step toward implementing [U.N.] Resolution 194, which will be followed by further steps, such as awarding reparations to the returned refugees and recognizing their rights.”[2]


Facebook page titled “The 2011 March of Return”

The page titled “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution (The Advance of the Millions),”[3] which currently has over 1,300 members, stated: “The time has come to realize our historical dream to return to Palestine. The nation is undergoing an unprecedented noble [awakening] that enables such an historic leap. The Zionist entity is in a state of weakness, collapse, and loss of vision, which entices us to aim focused blows at it, in order to topple its racist enterprise, which contradicts the values of religion and morality.”[4]


Facebook page titled “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution (The Advance of the Millions)”

The page called “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution,”[5] currently with more than 5,000 “likes,” posted a message from the “Preparation Committee for the Revolution of the [Return] to the Homeland”: “We will reach out our hand and build a bridge that will bring us to our green land, to our territorial waters, to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, to our desert,… to the beautiful Galilee, to Jerusalem, our proud capital, to the neighborhoods of Nablus, Ramallah, and Jenin, to the hills of Lod and Ramla, and to all the [other] places… We will return, and soon. Long live our cause. May the state of the sons of Zion fall. We will die, but Palestine will live. Palestine is ours.”[6]


Page titled “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution”

The Facebook page “The Third Palestinian Intifada,”[7] which, within weeks of its launching, has almost 340,000 “likes,” posted a message saying: “Palestine, how we have neglected you. Forgive us and forgive our sons for this. You have always inspired us to be steadfast in the struggle to keep you a free and Arab [land],… as you [always] were and always will be… After the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan intifadas, the time has come for the Palestinian intifada. The first Palestinian intifada was in 1987 and the second in 2000, but the third Palestinian intifada [will commence] on May 15, 2011.”[8] 

It should be noted that, while urging the public to join the mass demonstrations on May 15, the page administrators also hinted at a coming war on the Jews and called on the readers to prepare for martyrdom. For example, they posted a well-known hadith, which states that the Day of Judgment will only come after the Muslims fight the Jews and vanquish them: “The hour [of Judgment] will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. All the trees and all the stones will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him – except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews.” The site administrators remark, “That is why the Jews have been planting a lot of Gharqad trees lately!”. In another message, an administrator states: “Paradise calls you. I ask everyone to come out on May 15. Do not say ‘I can’t.’ For once [in your life], at least, do something to help the Muslims… Martyrdom calls you.”  


“The Third Palestinian Intifada: Palestine Will Be Liberated and We Will Be Its Liberators”

A Public Opinion Campaign

In anticipation of the May 15 return of the refugees, the Facebook campaigners are making efforts to publicize the initiative, establish its legal basis, and coordinate it by setting up timetables, meeting points, and planned routes of advance. The pages’ members called to publicize the march throughout the Arab and Islamic world and help it succeed. The info page of “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution (The Advance of the Millions)” called on European Muslims to join the initiative: “The Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim brothers living in Europe have a special responsibility to immediately launch a [publicity] campaign by rallying [the people], and by informing world public opinion of the great historical oppression that the Palestinian people are suffering, and of the manner of the activity planned.”

On the page “The Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution”, a communiqué from the “Preparation Committee for the Revolution of the Return of the Palestinian Refugees” detailed some of the legal and publicity measures that have been taken in preparation for the march: A committee of Palestinian experts and jurists has been formed to establish the legal basis of the Right of Return, as well as a publicity committee to spread word about the activity, and a committee of Hebrew speakers to inform the Israeli public of the Palestinians’ right to return to their homes. It has also been decided to establish local committees wherever there are Palestinian refugees, to coordinate the efforts and rally the public. Also, an English-language Facebook page has been launched to promote the campaign in the West.[9]

The administrators of the “Third Palestinian Intifada” page called to spread word of the campaign by writing “Arab Intifada for the Liberation of Palestine, May 15, 2011” on cash.[10]


Egyptian money bearing a message about the planned initiative[11]

This page’s administrators also made considerable efforts to promote the page itself: They urged its supporters to publicize it throughout the Internet and persuade their friends to join it, in order to reach one million “likes” as quickly as possible, and declared that other popular Arab Facebook pages had agreed to help publicize their page. The administrators also threatened Facebook, saying that if it closed down their page, “all Muslims will boycott Facebook forever.”[12]  Shortly afterwards, they reported that the company was indeed trying to shut the page down, to impede its functioning, and even to erase names of supporters. They appealed to the Al-Jazeera channel, which aired an item about this. The administrators claimed that the “Free Palestine” page, with 216,000 “likes,” had been closed down by Facebook.

The Plan of Action

The page administrators have suggested detailed plans of action to be implemented before and during the May 15 march, stressing that all activity is to be non-violent. The info page of the “Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution (The Advance of the Millions)” said: “We can recruit millions to march in eight fronts, in order to confuse the enemy and [force it to] divide its forces. The [fronts will be:] the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Inside Palestinians [i.e., Israeli Arabs], the refugees in Lebanon from the Lebanese border, the refugees in Syria from the Syrian border, the refugees in Jordan from the Jordanian border, the refugees of Europe via the sea in hundreds of ships, and international activists, [who] can demonstrate their solidarity from the Sinai front. Our Egyptian brothers… can support us by [organizing] a march of five million Egyptians, which will advance toward the Palestinian border from Sinai, under the slogan of peaceful solidarity with the rights of the Palestinian people… It would be best for the marches to be lead by old men and women who witnessed the Nakba. They do not lack enthusiasm to participate in and realize the dream of their lives – to be buried in the soil of their homeland. We must [also] recruit as many foreigners [i.e., non-Arabs] as possible from across the world to lead the marches, in order to create difficulty for the Zionists…”

Regarding the manner in which the march was to be conducted, the page said: “We must keep this activity free of all ideological and factional [conflict]. We must hold up the Palestinian flag only, so that the presence of [various] factions will not be used [against us] by the Zionists and the West. We must make sure that the [march] proceeds peacefully, without arms, with slogans in all the languages [emphasizing the] human [aspect of the struggle], such as ‘I Want to Return to My Home,’ and while holding aloft the keys of the homes from which our families were exiled…  We must completely avoid slogans like ‘Destroying the Zionist Entity’ or ‘Throw [the Zionists] into the Sea,’ so as not to turn the world against us, and in order to rally [everyone around] the goal, namely to return to the homes from which we were expelled, nothing more. That is a human and moral slogan that can rally all the people of the world to our assistance.”

The page administrator expressed a hope that the latest developments in the Arab world would contribute to the success of the initiative: “The situation in the region may convince the leaders of the countries surrounding [Israel] to refrain from opposing the advance of the millions, out of awareness that [such opposition] could cause the struggle to spill over [to their own countries] and bring about their downfall. [In fact,] they might allow the millions [to march] and ride the wave [of our protest] in order to stay in power… And even if they do not allow this, there is no force on the face of the earth that can withstand the determination of the people, and [the leaders] will end up the losers…”[13]

The “Third Palestinian Intifada” page posted a detailed plan of action for May 13-15, 2011, as follows. After the March 13 Friday prayers, the Palestinians and their supporters will gather in mosques and squares throughout Israel, in the Palestinian territories, and across the world, waving the Palestinian flag and burning the Israeli flag. On the following day, the Palestinians and their supporters will gather at the starting points of the march: In the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, they will gather in the mosques and squares of the cities; in “the 1948 territories,” they will meet at the main mosques; in the countries bordering Israel, the starting points will be in various locations near the border; and in other Arab lands, protesters will gather at the Palestinian consulates. In Turkey, activists will gather in hundreds of ships, ready to set sail toward Israel; and in the rest of the world, including Europe and the US, demonstrators will rally in front of the Israeli embassies.        

On Sunday, May 15, after the noon prayers, “the holy advance will start and the Intifada will be ignited… On this day, all the returning [refugees] will set forth, and the Third Palestinian Intifada will commence, with the support of all the free people in the world.” The page lists the destinations of the march: In the West Bank, participants will march on the checkpoints and settlements; in Gaza, on the checkpoints and border crossings; within “the 1948 territories,” toward cities and villages destroyed in the 1948 war; in Lebanon, toward Palestine by land and by sea; in Jordan, toward three areas on the border; in Syria, towards the Golan border; in Egypt, toward the Rafah border and toward the coast of Palestine by ship. Ships will also set sail for Palestine from Turkey and Europe, and demonstrations will be held in front of Israeli embassies worldwide.[14]


Timetable for activities on March 13-15, 2011

Call on “Jewish Settlers” in Israel to Return to Their Countries of Origin

A post on the “March of Return 2011” page by Allord Alis (who, it should be noted, is not the page administrator) ordered all Jews to evacuate Palestine: “All the families of Jewish settlers in the Galilee area, including in the areas of Safed, Tiberias, and all the way down to Acre, must proceed to the port of Haifa and board ships back to their countries of origin in Europe, before March 13, 2011. The Jewish families that have settled in the villages and cities of the Palestinian coast, all the way down to the border with the Gaza Strip, must go to the port of Tel Aviv, and take ships back to their European countries of origin, before March 13, 2011… The droves of [Jewish] settlers in the capital of Jerusalem and in the central area, up to the border with Jordan, must proceed immediately to the ports of Haifa or Tel Aviv… and the families of Jewish settlers in the south must proceed immediately to the port of Eilat.” The message also warned that anyone trying to take “archeological artifacts [or anything belonging] to the Palestinian heritage, even a single ball of falafel, will be pursued and arrested by Interpol in his new place of residence.”[15] It is important to note that this post went all but ignored and that none of the other pages included calls for the Jewish citizens of Israel to leave the country.


Call on Israeli Jews to leave the country 

Images from the Facebook Campaign

From the “2011 March of Return” Page:


“We Will Return, 63 [Years] after the Nakba; May 15 – The Day of Return to [Our] Homes”


“The March of Return”


“We Shall Return”


“We Are Coming, Oh Al-Aqsa”

From the “Palestinian Refugees’ Revolution” Page:


“It Is My Right to Return to My Home”

Other Activities:

In addition to Facebook pages launched in support of the May 15 initiative, others were recently launched calling for a range of additional activities against the Israeli occupation:

Marches and Demonstrations on Land Day

One page called to stage a “march of millions” on Land Day (March 30, 2011): Muslim and Christian Palestinians will set out from Ramallah and Bethlehem to pray at Al-Asqa and at the Tomb of the Sepulcher in Jerusalem.[16] The “Third Palestinian Intifada” page posted a plan for the Friday following Land Day (April 1, 2011), calling on all the Palestinian residents of the West Bank to march on the settlements and stage a day-long protest there, and on all the Israeli Arabs to march on Jerusalem and stage a day-long demonstration in front of the “Jewish settlements” in the city.[17]

“End the Occupation” Sit-In Demonstrations

The administrators of the popular Facebook page “Let’s End the Occupation”[18] suggested staging a long-term sit-in demonstration in front of Beit El (a large Jewish settlement in the West Bank) and in front of the Erez crossing, until the occupation ended. No specific time was set for commencing this activity. The page stated: “This is an initiative by a group of young people who do not represent any political stream. What inspired us to take this step was the resounding success of the Arab youth in the Arab homeland, who managed to fight their oppressors with real determination and real restraint, using methods of peaceful struggle that resonated with people and moved them to support [their cause]. The idea is to emulate the Tahrir Square [protests] in two main areas – Beit El and the Erez [crossing] – and to rally everyone to participate in a long-term sit-down demonstration until the end of the occupation.”

The message added: “We will start with a popular sit-down demonstration. We will put up tents in front of Beit El and the Beit Hanoun [Erez] crossing, and over time, the protest will spread to other areas. We do not want to use weapons of any kind. We want no flag or sign, except for our [Palestinian] flag. We will have a single slogan: ‘End the Occupation.’ We will put up our tents everywhere, and operate a radio station of the sit-down demonstration, broadcasting national songs not associated with any political faction. We will use pots and spoons to make a racket at night, and when we grow tired, we will blow whistles. We will not leave until the occupation leaves. We will draw [the attention of] the international and local media.”

The page listed the equipment that will be needed by participants in this protest: a cloth and some vinegar and lemon as protection from tear gas; an aluminum pot and goggles to protect from tear-gas bombs and rubber bullets; an olive branch to signify the peaceful character of the protest; cans of spray paint for spraying on the faceguards of the soldiers’ helmets in case of a confrontation; a sleeping bag and a first aid kit; water and soap for pouring on the tires of military jeeps to make them skid.

The administrators set out their demands: “An immediate and complete end to the occupation; unity among the Palestinians; a Palestinian state with complete sovereignty within the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital; the right of return and reparations for the refugees and the right to self-determination [for the Palestinians as a whole]; the release of all Palestinian prisoners from the occupation’s jails; and reparations for the Palestinians for the years of occupation [they endured].” They added that, following the end of the occupation, they expected “free and fair elections to be held [among the Palestinians]; a free and independent economy that ensures a dignified existence to all, and [a government that rules] according to principles of transparency and accountability.”

A page titled “The Palestinian Revolution for Ending the Occupation 10-15-20” proposes to stage sit-down demonstrations on three dates: April 20, 2011 (the anniversary of the 1936 Arab Revolt in Palestine), May 15, 2011 (Nakba Day), and June 10, 2011 (the anniversary of the 1916 Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire). The protests are to take place “near checkpoints and at all points of contact with the occupation [in the occupied territories]; within the 1948 territories; in our sister Arab countries; in all the [countries] of the Palestinian diaspora across the world; and in front of American and Israeli embassies, wherever they exist. We will carry kitchen utensils and drum with them. Perhaps, for once, the world will hear our voices, and the Zionists will realize that their presence on our soil is unwelcome, and that this time it is we who are doing the talking.”[19]

Activity to End the Inter-Palestinian Schism

In recent weeks, there has also been much activity among young people on Facebook aimed at ending the schism between Fatah and Hamas, under the slogan “The People Want an End to the Schism.”[20] The online campaign was quickly translated into activity on the ground. On March 15, 2011, mass demonstrations took place in Gaza and the West Bank in demand for inter-Palestinian reconciliation, and smaller protests and sit-ins are still taking place.

The campaign and demonstrations were endorsed by officials from both Hamas and Fatah, and encouraged some of them to launch initiatives of their own: PA President Mahmoud ‘Abbas’s initiative to visit Gaza in order to establish a national unity government that will prepare the ground for presidential, parliamentary, and PNC elections;[21] PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for a national unity government, based on retaining the existing security and administrative infrastructures and arrangements until reconciliation is achieved;[22] and the initiative of Hamas Political Bureau Head Khaled Mash’al for a reconciliation based on opposition and jihad.[23]

It should be noted that while the call for reconciliation was endorsed by Palestinian officials, the initiatives for the refugees’ return were largely ignored by the officials (until their endorsement by the PLO Department of Expatriate Affairs, which may stimulate further official interest), and also received little attention from the Palestinian media.

 

*L. Barkan is a Research Fellow at MEMRI.

 

Endnotes:

[1] www.maannews.net, March 24, 2011.

[14] In addition to appearing on the Facebook page, the timetable appears in a YouTube clip: .

[21] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Palestinian Authority), March 17, 2011.

[22] Al-Ayyam (Palestinian Authority), February 22, 2011; Wafa.ps, February 21, 2011.

[23] Palestine-info.info, March 6, 2011.


teachers to stalk your kids on Facebook now?

March 20, 2011

My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.
-Woody Allen….

When did the Department of Education become the Department of Speech Monitoring? Add the Dept of Ed to the list of Obama agencies that need to be reined in, hard and fast.

Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.
There has only been muted opposition to this far-reaching policy among the professionals and advocates in the education sector, most of whom are heavily reliant on funding and support from top-level education officials. The normally government-averse tech-sector is also playing along, and on Mar. 11, Facebook declared that it was “thrilled” to work with White House officials to foster government oversight of teens’ online activities.
The only formal opposition has come from the National School Board Association, which declined to be interviewed by The DC.

It’s no great surprise that federal bureaucrats, Facebook, and the ACLU are on board with this. But…the teachers’ unions are fine with teachers and administrators being put in legal jeopardy for what kids do on Facebook, on their own time? Really?
Even creepier than the policy itself, is who has been charged with overseeing it.

The leading advocate for the expanded rules is Kevin Jennings, who heads the Education Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

Jennings’ is a name that just keeps popping up in the Obama era. He ran that White House bullying summit last week. As Zombie wrote at the time, Jennings brings quite a history to the field of education — a history that includes child porn in the classroom, failing to report a child predator, and proclaiming to have been inspired by NAMBLA’s Harry Hay.  Quite a history the so-called “safe schools” czar has brought to the table. Now he’s advocating that your kids’ teachers Facebook stalk your kids.
And the teachers’ unions have nothing to say about this? Don’t the teachers; unions have teachers a) who will wind up in court over this, and b) kids in school who may end up running afoul of whatever insane rules the likes of Kevin Jennings comes up with?

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Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.

There has only been muted opposition to this far-reaching policy among the professionals and advocates in the education sector, most of whom are heavily reliant on funding and support from top-level education officials. The normally government-averse tech-sector is also playing along, and on Mar. 11, Facebook declared that it was “thrilled” to work with White House officials to foster government oversight of teens’ online activities.

The only formal opposition has come from the National School Board Association, which declined to be interviewed by The DC.

The agency’s threats, which are delivered in a so-called “Dear Colleague” letter,” have the support of White House officials, including President Barack Obama, who held a Mar. 10 White House meeting to promote the initiative as a federal “anti-bullying” policy.

The letter says federal officials have reinterpreted the civil-rights laws that require school principals to curb physical bullying, as well as racist and sexist speech, that take place within school boundaries. Under the new interpretation, principals and their schools are legally liable if they fail to curb “harassment” of students, even if it takes place outside the school, on Facebook or in private conversation among a few youths.

“Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements, which may include use of cell phones or the Internet… it does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents [but] creates a hostile environment … [which can] limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school,” according to the far-reaching letter, which was completed Oct. 26 by Russlynn Ali, who heads the agency’s civil rights office.

School officials will face lawsuits even when they are ignorant about students’ statements, if a court later decides they “reasonably should have known” about their students’ conduct, said the statement.

Following the discovery of “harassment,” officials may have to require mandatory training of students and their families, according to the Ali letter. “The school may need to provide training or other interventions not only for the perpetrators, but also for the larger school community, to ensure that all students, their families, and school staff can recognize harassment if it recurs and know how to respond… [and] provide additional services to the student who was harassed in order to address the effects of the harassment,” said the letter.

Facebook is developing new features that will make it harder for principals to miss episodes of online “harassment,” and so will increase the likelihood of government action against the teenage users of Facebook and other social-media. “We’re adding a unique feature, developed with safety experts, that lets people also report content to someone in their support system (like a parent or teacher) who may be able to address the issue more directly,’ Facebook declared Mar. 11. “It is our hope that features like this will help not only remove the offensive content but also help people get to the root of the problem,” the company statement declared.