This post is on Tuesday, June 14th. Some of the archived broadcasts noted here are of a future date from this date.
Facebook suspended my account after I posted four Blog Talk Radio events associated with the four part series of interviews titled “Palestine & Israel: The Palestinian Narrative.” The Facebook response when logging in after posting the four Facebook events was, “Account Temporarily Unavailable. Your account is currently unavailable due to a site issue. We expect this to be resolved shortly.” No other explanation was provided. The challenge to me is that I market events, without borders, using Facebook.
There are pro Israel and hardcore Zionist trolls on Facebook, and they will file complaints per the comments I’ve seen from others. A former hardcore Zionist friend unjustifiably accused me of “inciting violence” against Israelis for stating that “all people have a right to self defense when their lives and properties are threatened.” Some of these trolls assume false Facebook identities and then target pro Palestinian supporters to befriend and then file complaints against to Facebook in order to have their accounts disabled. I’ve been on Facebook long enough, and have paid close enough attention to understand what is happening and how the site is used and abused.
There are no such things as coincidences. I know former friends are watching everything I post in connection with Israel, Palestine, the occupation, and Gaza. I do not know who filed the complaint. But, it’s not difficult … all one has to do is allege a Terms of Service violation. That essentially puts you on the sidelines for a while.
The interview segments with Dr. Hussein Ibish are superb, and I’ve re edited them all to include the new song Freedom for Palestine, which caused Glenn Beck of FOX News concern when the release of the music video was announced. Those who are not on Facebook enough may not understand what is actually happening. It’s like warfare to impede free speech and suppress ideas – especially if these ideas challenge the dominant narrative. Somebody obviously complained. Is there a threat? Are suppressed ideas and narratives dangerous? What’s the controversy? Either you or others will decide for you.
This four part series of half hour segments of On The Money with Peter Hebert features exclusive interviews with Middle East subject matter expert Dr. Hussein Ibish. You may have seen him from time to time on television. If you’re more carefully following the issues you may be following Dr. Ibish on his blog at Ibishblog.com. He is a Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine and the 2002 recipient of the “Arab-American of the Year” award. If you think you understand all of the issues, this series will cause you to think again.