YouTube Restricts Alan Dershowitz Video Lecture on Israel
JNS.org – Video sharing giant YouTube recently restricted access to footage of a lecture by renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz on the history of Israel, the Boston Globe reported last week.
The five-minute talk by the former Harvard Law School professor was published by the Prager University YouTube channel.
According to the organization’s president, conservative talk-show host Dennis Prager, YouTube has blocked many of its educational videos featuring well-known intellectuals and media personalities.
“Given no rational response for the restrictions, there seems to be little reason to suspect anything other than suppression of conservative thought,” Prager said.
The Dershowitz video was unable to be viewed if a user was operating in “restricted mode,” a YouTube setting that categorizes videos with offensive, inappropriate or objectionable adult and sexual content.
Dershowitz said he does not believe he was purposely censored by YouTube, which is owned by Google.
“I can’t believe that Google would actually censor a pro-Israel speech by me, when it has so much anti-Israel stuff all over its platform,” said Dershowitz. “It has to be a mistake…I’ve been doing this for 50 years and this is the first time in America that my views have been restricted.”
According to PragerU’s website, a statement from Google said they “don’t censor anyone” but do “take into consideration what the intent of the video is” and “what the focus of the video is.”