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Censorship Police at Urbana-Champlain IMC (english)
06 Sep 2002
Modified: 09 Sep 2002
Two articles that I posted on the Urbana-Champlain IMC site have been placed in the hidden files. What is going on at there? Has freedom of press been killed?
On August 28, after reading the two leading stories in Ha’aretz, an Israeli newspaper. I posted the short unedited stories with a personal comment on six IMC sites, since I thought the American mainstream media, with its Pro-Israel bias (see FAIR research) would censor and not cover the negative Israeli stories.

Both Ha’aretz stories offered a view of Israeli Jews that deserves attention--as do negative stories of Palestinians. I titled of my article was “Terrorism, Israeli Style.” It was posted more than once because I thought some technical problem was involved, when the article failed to appear. A short follow-up posting was also censored.

I hope that rational IMC readers at sites away from UC will read my posting and let UC know what they think of their behavior. Is truth dead at UC? For reference ease, an exact copy of the UC censored article is copied below.


Rene, 8/28/02
Terrorism, Israeli Style

What follows are the two leading stories in the August 29, 2002, Israeli Ha’aretz newspaper. This is but another example showing how the racist Sharon government is joining America in the fight on terrorism.

The following is an insult to all American tax payers who are funding this greed and inhumane madness with many billions of dollars. Please tell your politicians that medicare, education and assistance fo the poor and elderly would be a better place for your taxes.

Germany seizes Israeli military equipment on way to Iran
By Amnon Barzilai and Yossi Melman, Ha'aretz Correspondents, Ha'aretz Service and Agencies

German customs officials impounded a private Israeli ship carrying military equipment thought to be headed for Iran, the Defense Minstry said Wednesday.

A statement released by the ministry said the cargo included some 3,000 Israeli-made rubber treads for armored personnel carriers. It was authorised for export on the premise that the cargo was headed for Thailand, the statement said.

"The shipment sent by a private company from Israel to Germany was seized by the German customs authorities," the statement said, adding that the firm received permission to export the items based on a declaration that its final destination was Thailand.

"The Defense Ministry prohibits the sale of weapons and spare part of military equipment of any kind to Iran," the statement said. The ship, with a crew made up of Israelis and foreigners, had been docking for several days at the Hamburg port.

Channel Two Television quoted the German authorities as saying that a German company bought the equipment and that it intended to ship the cargo to Iran. It is unclear whether the Israeli company, P.A.D., ownned by Avihai Weinstein, knew that the equipment would end up in Iran.

Weinstein is related to Eli Cohen, who three years ago was suspected of trying to sell tank engines to Iran, Channel One's news program reported Wednesday. Cohen was never indicted, but the Defense Ministry suspended contacts with his company and cancelled Cohen's permit to export military equipment.

Since Ayatollah Humeini set up the Islamic republic, which hastened to sever ties with Israel, the covert relations between the two states, especially in arms sales, never really stopped. These ties were maintained despite the international sanctions imposed on Iran, despite the ban on selling it weapons, and despite the rift they caused more than once in the relations with the United States.

During the trial of businessman Nahum Manbar, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for selling to Iran chemicals and providing it with know-how and equipment to set up plants for chemical warfare, the judges rejected his claim that he was not alone in trading with Iran, and that Israeli companies were also selling arms to the Islamic republic.

4 Palestinians killed by IDF tank shell in Gaza Strip
By Jonathan Lis, Ha'aretz Correspondent, Ha'aretz Service and Agencies

Four Palestinians, a mother and her three sons, were killed early Thursday when Israeli tank shells landed in a Bedouin encampment in the Gaza Strip, residents and doctors said, as Israeli troops searched the seacoast for the second night in a row.

Five others were wounded, including a 4-year-old boy, said doctors at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where the casualties were taken. The acting director of the hospital. Dr. Nafez Shalach, charged that Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching the wounded for more than 40 minutes.

IDF tanks moved into Palestinian territory near the settlement of Netzarim, cutting a main road, residents said, as five IDF gunboats patrolled the shore, where a day earlier, Israeli forces fired at objects in the water, suspected to be packets of smuggled arms, which turned out to be refrigerators.

Residents said the tanks fired machine guns and shells. Red Crescent rescue workers said six shells fell in a Bedouin encampment west of the settlement, hitting two houses.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Earlier Wednesday a Palestinian man was killed after approaching the IDF's Tel Katifa outpost in the Gaza Strip Gush Katif settlement bloc. It is not clear whether the man was killed by IDF soldiers or Palestinians, as gunfights were taking place there at the time.
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On August 28, after reading the two leading stories in Ha’aretz, an Israeli newspaper. I posted the unedited stories on ten IMC sites, since I thought the American mainstream media, with its Pro-Israel bias (see FAIR research) would censor and not cover the negative Israeli stories.

Both Ha’aretz stories offered a view of Israeli Jews that deserves attention--as do negative stories of Palestinians. I titled of my article was “Terrorism, Israeli Style.” It was posted more than once because I thought some technical problem was involved, when the article failed to appear. A short follow-up posting was also censored.

I hope that rational IMC readers at sites away from UC will read my posting and let UC know what they think of their behavior. Is truth dead at UC? For reference ease, an exact copy of the UC censored article is copied below.

Rene, 8/28/02
Terrorism, Israeli Style

What follows are the two leading stories in the August 29, 2002, Israeli Ha’aretz newspaper. This is but another example showing how the racist Sharon government is joining America in the fight on terrorism.

The following is an insult to all American tax payers who are funding this greed and inhumane madness with many billions of dollars. Please tell your politicians that medicare, education and assistance fo the poor and elderly would be a better place for your taxes.

Germany seizes Israeli military equipment on way to Iran
By Amnon Barzilai and Yossi Melman, Ha'aretz Correspondents, Ha'aretz Service and Agencies

German customs officials impounded a private Israeli ship carrying military equipment thought to be headed for Iran, the Defense Minstry said Wednesday.

A statement released by the ministry said the cargo included some 3,000 Israeli-made rubber treads for armored personnel carriers. It was authorised for export on the premise that the cargo was headed for Thailand, the statement said.

"The shipment sent by a private company from Israel to Germany was seized by the German customs authorities," the statement said, adding that the firm received permission to export the items based on a declaration that its final destination was Thailand.

"The Defense Ministry prohibits the sale of weapons and spare part of military equipment of any kind to Iran," the statement said. The ship, with a crew made up of Israelis and foreigners, had been docking for several days at the Hamburg port.

Channel Two Television quoted the German authorities as saying that a German company bought the equipment and that it intended to ship the cargo to Iran. It is unclear whether the Israeli company, P.A.D., ownned by Avihai Weinstein, knew that the equipment would end up in Iran.

Weinstein is related to Eli Cohen, who three years ago was suspected of trying to sell tank engines to Iran, Channel One's news program reported Wednesday. Cohen was never indicted, but the Defense Ministry suspended contacts with his company and cancelled Cohen's permit to export military equipment.

Since Ayatollah Humeini set up the Islamic republic, which hastened to sever ties with Israel, the covert relations between the two states, especially in arms sales, never really stopped. These ties were maintained despite the international sanctions imposed on Iran, despite the ban on selling it weapons, and despite the rift they caused more than once in the relations with the United States.

During the trial of businessman Nahum Manbar, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for selling to Iran chemicals and providing it with know-how and equipment to set up plants for chemical warfare, the judges rejected his claim that he was not alone in trading with Iran, and that Israeli companies were also selling arms to the Islamic republic.

4 Palestinians killed by IDF tank shell in Gaza Strip
By Jonathan Lis, Ha'aretz Correspondent, Ha'aretz Service and Agencies

Four Palestinians, a mother and her three sons, were killed early Thursday when Israeli tank shells landed in a Bedouin encampment in the Gaza Strip, residents and doctors said, as Israeli troops searched the seacoast for the second night in a row.

Five others were wounded, including a 4-year-old boy, said doctors at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where the casualties were taken. The acting director of the hospital. Dr. Nafez Shalach, charged that Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching the wounded for more than 40 minutes.

IDF tanks moved into Palestinian territory near the settlement of Netzarim, cutting a main road, residents said, as five IDF gunboats patrolled the shore, where a day earlier, Israeli forces fired at objects in the water, suspected to be packets of smuggled arms, which turned out to be refrigerators.

Residents said the tanks fired machine guns and shells. Red Crescent rescue workers said six shells fell in a Bedouin encampment west of the settlement, hitting two houses.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Earlier Wednesday a Palestinian man was killed after approaching the IDF's Tel Katifa outpost in the Gaza Strip Gush Katif settlement bloc. It is not clear whether the man was killed by IDF soldiers or Palestinians, as gunfights were taking place there at the time.
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go through the proper channels (english)
07 Sep 2002
If you have a complaint that you want the network to be aware of, then use the global lists. check out process.indymedia.org don't spam our newswire. U-C probably considered your post spam and judging from your behavior since then, you seem to have a tendency for spamming. Talk to people on a more personal level before you go crying about how they hid some article you found on a website. I very much doubt they're trying to stifle legitimate news. You have to realize that posting various articles you find on web pages just creates noise and draws attention away from original stories that may have more relevence to the readers of the web pages.
Thanks for the info Sean (english)
07 Sep 2002
The IMC policy makes sense. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case here. Certainly, a short follow-up to complain about the article not appearing (that was also hidden) could not have been mistaken for spam or a corporate article.

Also, the two short stories reproduced in my article were not what I would call corporate spam, since they were not reproduced anywhere in the mainstream media. And since the posting was factual and on a matter of high interest on IMC sites, it seems to me that this would have been a good reason for IMC publication. UC was the only site that censored/hid.

Also, it seems to me that a majority of articles posted on all IMC sites are not original stories, written only for that site. A majority of the articles have originated elsewhere and they are posted on IMC as a matter of interest. Do you agree?

I think it is unfair of you to suggest that I may have a tendency to spam. At least, IMC Boston posted my stories and complaint without any censoring. I will try your suggestion about going through proper channels. I did not know the procedure.

By the way, I am not a freeloader. I have made a contribution to my local area IMC--and I do appreciate the work done by IMC volunteers.

Regarding your new design and colors Sean. They look very good. I would make the right column a bit wider if that is practical. It would allow a quick-look at more of the newer postings.

Peace
you WERE spamming (english)
08 Sep 2002
The Urbana imc has a policy, like most imc's of hiding articles which were posted on multiple indymedia sites and/or are not relevent to the community they are serving. Your article about israel would make sense for the palestine imc, the israel imc, and probally the imc which covers the place where you live or the global site. If you post it on any other sites then YOU ARE SPAMMING. It is totally within the establish and well documented editorial practices to hide such posts. If you feel your article has been hidden in error then there is almost always an editorial mailinglist to which you can appeal the decision.
Rabble, the censors best friend (english)
09 Sep 2002
Acording to the rabble idiotic comment, articles on the Middle East are of no interest to the various IMC sites except on the Palestine and Israel sites. What complete bulllshit. If posting were restricted to items of local interest, 80% of all postings would be eliminated, and participation by intelligent people on IMC sites would probably go down by at least 80%.

Why do I get the impression that some IMC workers are perhaps a bit defensive when it comes to critism of their decision making. And, I would be interested in finding out if the nature of my article, which was critical of right-wing, Israeli Jews was a factor in the censorship.