Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

In the past two days, the same number of pro-Palestinian Blogs were locked by Google…. accusing them of being Spam Blogs. They claim it is ‘Robots’ that are doing the dirty work…. I claim it is a very sophisticated, well organised cell of zionists at work.

Robots don’t log into Blogs randomly and read entries…. as Google has been doing on a number of occasions this week. Google’s Blogsite, Blogspot, also insisted late last year that users log in using a account…. Does this mean they are also logging in to our private emails?

Sunday a Blog that is run by a young Arab Woman was locked. ArabWomanBlues @ Blogspot was just too much for Google to handle. Her beautiful daily selection of artwork was an eyesore to them….
Yesterday it was the turn of one of our resident journalists living in Gaza, Laila El-Haddad, A Mother From Gaza, also at Blogspot. Her writings about her beautiful children were also too much for Google to handle…. Palestinian children.

I don’t see Google censoring any right wing, white power or zionist blogs. Why is this? What are the anti zionists saying that Google is so afraid of? In February of 2006 Google opened an office in Israel. One really has to wonder if that office is actually the new Head Office of the Corporation.

The hypocrisy displayed by Google is unbelievable. Slightly over a year ago Blogger (Google) chose Laila’s Blog as being Noteworthy….
yesterday it was locked. If you go through her archived posts you will see that none of her content changed from then till now…. so why this new attitude on Google’s part?

Just who is Google? Click HERE to find out. More importantly is just what does Google own? For a listing of their holdings click HERE. BUT…. most importantly is what does Google NOT own…
The answer is simple…. YOUR MIND.
But only you can prevent them from taking that over as well. Don’t let them control your thoughts. Don’t let them control your Blog.

Mary of PeacePalestine wrote a brilliant piece the other day on Censorship. In it she has the following suggestions…

1) Back up all your material. I learned this the hard way, and if not for my faithful group of friends, I don’t know how I would have salvaged almost 4 years of material.
2) Create a mirror blog with a completely different provider. It takes moments to open a new blog, so register your name and convert your content. You never know when you may need it.
3) You CAN still work with your Blogger template, so leave a message for your readers that you have moved. I found this out weeks later, and in the meantime, many readers were disoriented. Two had done an international phone search (unsuccessfully) and in the end reached someone close to me to get the number, because they thought I was dead. Now how is THAT for readership loyalty!
4) If possible, go for private hosting options. This week, Haitham, Gilad and I are going to unveil our newest creation. Not that private hosts are failsafe, but they are certainly not going to be arbitrarily censored by the provider or those who the provider serves.
5) Build and maintain a network community. They will come to your aid when you need it, they will inform others of your tribulations. This means not only that you share readership and exchange tips and material, but you can depend upon them when push comes to shove. I have not been let down by these people, and their generosity and kindness is only equaled by their intelligence. Not only bloggers are part of the community, but commenters and readers.
6) Open a blog or site yourself. The more voices we have out there, the harder it will be to censor us all.
7) Defend the sites under attack, and don’t be afraid of not being “indexed” if you link to a good site. If and when Google dies, another site will come to replace it. There is an alternative to everything, but there is no alternative to the right of freedom of expression of an individual, of the unique character of his or her site, and that is what we MUST defend, in order to support the causes we care about.
As big and powerful as Google is, always remember that the mightiest weapon of all is the pen (in this case the keyboard)…. DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU WHAT TO WRITE. And more importantly is DON’T LET THEM SILENCE YOU.
I have said it before, I will say it again, ‘they can censor me but they can’t silence me’!
Make that your Mantra!


  1. Robin said,

    May 6, 2008 at 16:25

    I just linked to the link you gave above “Just Who Is Google” The founders of Google are Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

    Here’s something really interesting about Sergey Brin

    Sergey Brin’s Home Page

    Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Stanford –
    Currently I am at Google.
    In fall ’98 I taught CS 349.
    Data Mining

    A major research interest is data mining and I run a meeting group here at Stanford. For more information take a look at the MIDAS home page or see the datamine maling list achive. Here are some recent publications:

    Read further and make sure you have some hair gel to pat down the hairs on your neck!

    AH, here’s some interesting conversation going on concerning Brin’s recent marriage to a nice Jewish girl

    # TM Says:
    May 25, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Sheesh, what exactly do we need to do to get some respect?
    # rootlesscosmo Says:
    May 25, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Maybe when dude starts to contribute more to Jewish and/or Israeli causes, then his membership in the tribe will be more noteworthy.

    or the least he can do is tweak the google algorithm so that it stops listing Islamist and anti-Israel sites and legitimate news sources.

    oh yeah, and the jew watch thing, too. that would be nice.
    # Oyster Says:
    May 25, 2007 at 8:53 pm


    Hmmm… I’ll have to ponder that one for a while. 🙂


    I agree with you about the Google clustering algorithm that they use for Google-News, but I would differ with you regarding their hyperlink-structure algorithm for ranking websites. Google builds trust with its unvarnished analysis of the underlying hyperlink-structure of the web. As for news, I think there is a lot of subjectivity in what site is classified as a “news” site, and therefore they can put in some restrictions on what is displayed.

    I mean, they tweak the news site anyways, delivering localized versions to major languages/countries. So why not filter out the Islamic fanatic sites?

  2. May 6, 2008 at 16:28

    I have said it before, and I will say it again LOUDLY. We will never forget.

    We will say it loud on May 23 in Chicago that we will never forget. Palestinians are the Key holders of peace. Join the thousands and strengthen the network of the thousands of activists. Express your opinion and let the many panelists know of where Palestine should go. Support our efforts to empower our community and assert the Palestinians right of return. Join the many Palestinian Americans and their supporters in Chicago commemorating the 60th year of the forced exile of the Palestinian people. Be pro active, ask questions to the Panelists and discuss the current event. We must empower ourselves and make a strong network for Justice, Peace and Freedom. Be pro active. Enough talks, register NOW.

  3. Penny said,

    May 6, 2008 at 16:32

    well as you can see I started a blog, there a couple months ago, a sort of current events blog.
    I was shocked when I read this!
    That google could do that, for content which is not offensive in any way, tsk tsk.
    I see you have some good suggestions I should take in to consideration.
    thanks for the heads up

  4. blue said,

    May 6, 2008 at 16:41 is about to launch, if your a blogger this mean $$$ to you.

  5. Greg Bacon said,

    May 6, 2008 at 16:51

    JA, VE Know who you are and where you live, JA.

    And VE VILL do whatever it takes to keep you from telling the truths about the Apartheid State of Israel rampaging about Occupied Palestine like an elephant on meth, JA.

    VE are the masters and you, you are nothing more than something we stepped in.

    VE own the world and you… and you… an you.. and you too.

    VE have our own army of goons, that patrol the web, seeking out those who would speak truth to brutal Zionist power and VE VILL not tolerate those who would shed a light on Zionist murders of the indigenous Palestinians and the theft of Palestinian land, JA.

    If you do not like this, then VE VILL kick down your door at 3 am and use our sub-machine guns to turn you into dead meat.

    Or maybe VE VILL “suicide” you, just like we did to the DC Madam, so those pictures of our Glorious Leader, Cheney, having sex with an underage prostitute, would not be seen.

    All hail “Dick.”

  6. maryitalia said,

    May 6, 2008 at 17:54

    Great post Steve!! And thanks for the awfully nice comments (When I feel blue, I’ll come around here to feel appreciated!)

    I’ve been thinking a lot about all of this stuff for days and there are some things that I’ve also found out and some pieces that start to fit together. Take for instance the fact that as you say, when they switched to Beta, we all had to start uploading with a G account. Now, I have one and at first I liked it, because it never got overloaded and it had some nice features. Then, I noticed… if I was writing about translating in an email, there would be adverts for translation services on the side. I remember some emails that my brother and I had about the opportunity of varnishing our deceased father’s violin because someone said it would improve the sound. In the titles, nothing about violins, but all kinds of adverts for them in the side.. How strange. Now I only use Gmail when I have other mail troubles.

    Next: they forced on me a letter identification (anti-spam) thing for me when I post anything on my blog. How odd, they know it’s there, but they classify me as spam. Looks like the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. It was not rare that the gizmo would simply not “take” and I couldn’t upload that day.

    Then, I got a surprise in the mail, a friend of mine sent me Geert Lovink’s “Zero Comments” . I hadn’t read it yet, but just flipped through it. I really like him and have translated his work in the past, so I am looking forward to it. The part that stuck out to me really did get me, the bits about Data Mining, precisely, about how we have a “Virtual Shadow” on internet that is larger than the content that we actually produce. They know everything we do and they share it with others without our consent. I thought CCTV was bad, but we actually are participatory more than we think, and the younger one is, the more one sees it as harmless. He talks about a Digital Native, that is, kids who always knew computers and part of their existence is their virtual existence. Part of the daily ritual is updating their profiles to say their mood, etc.

    Blogging satisfies many communication and community needs, but there are darks sides to it we need to be aware of.

  7. desertpeace said,

    May 6, 2008 at 18:25

    Thanks Mary…
    Looks like we have to start watching Google as closely as they are watching us. 😉

  8. maryitalia said,

    May 6, 2008 at 18:26

    Just found this:

    It was an atheist blog they closed (or a blog by an atheist)….

  9. maryitalia said,

    May 6, 2008 at 18:30

    this too….conservative blogs….

  10. maryitalia said,

    May 6, 2008 at 18:32

    she offers some interesting reflections!!!

  11. maryitalia said,

    May 6, 2008 at 18:36

    this guy got it back, so he’s happy as a clam and perceives no foul play.

  12. maryitalia said,

    May 6, 2008 at 19:16

    From The Cat’s Dream’s Gabriele

    The [Israel] anniversary convention’s guest list still includes heads of state such President Bush and technology czars like Google founder Sergey Brin.

  13. OKNO said,

    May 8, 2008 at 15:58

    Beautiful site indeed….
    May I share?

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