Popular conservative/libertarian channel Prager U is once again being censored by Google and YouTube for a video deemed too “hateful.”
The video is titled “Born to Hate Jews,” and while the title seems dark, the message is the exact opposite. The speaker this time around is Kasim Hafeez, founder of the Israel Campaign, and in the video he tells the story of his journey from being a Muslim who came very close to being a terrorist against Israel, to a man whose first hand education led him to stand with country he previously hated.
The core of his message is that he discovered that Israel is not the horrible, oppressive, and murderous state that many Muslim parents teach their children, and college professors teach their students. He uses the story to point out that education about his enemy turned his enemy into his friend.
“Do what I did,” encourages Hafeez. “Seek out the truth for yourself. If the truth could change me, it can change anyone.”
Watch the video below, hear Hafeez’s story, and you will see that there is nothing hateful about it.
However, YouTube banned the video, labeling the video as “hate speech.”
“YouTube’s removal of PragerU’s video is particularly alarming. YouTube labeled the video as ‘hate speech,’ which is ironic since the video is about fighting hatred and anti-Semitism, and is presented by a Muslim,” said Prager U’s Communication Director Jared Sichel.
Hafeez himself weighed in as well, saying “It’s disturbing that a video about how I don’t hate Jews anymore is flagged hate speech. George Orwell would blush.”
Google and YouTube have censored Prager U in the past as well, having placed some of their educational content in the “restricted” column, which would block videos from being seen in places like schools, where these videos would have the most impact.
While Prager U’s videos have not carried mainstream messages, and even covered topics from views that are not politically correct, they have never been inflammatory, obscene, or hateful. That YouTube is labeling this video promoting peace, understanding, and factuality as “hate speech” raises questions that should be asked about what values lay at the heart of the company.