YouTube Enhances Hatred of Israel and Extinguishes Hate for Palestinians

Try this yourself (you don’t really need to as I just did it). Type in “I hate Israel” and “I hate Palestine” in the YouTube search bar and be amazed by the results.

The search results for “I hate Palestine,” yielded only ONE of the first twenty entries with something negative about Palestinians; the balance were about how Israel harms Palestinians. However, in searching for “I hate Israel,” SEVENTEEN of the top twenty results were negative about the Israeli government and people. Five videos appeared in both searches, three of which could generously be called “neutral” and two anti-Israel.

Does YouTube have algorithms that promote anti-Zionism or have the anti-Zionists effectively gamed YouTube’s algorithm to promote a pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel commentary on the largest online platform?

“I Hate Israel” Top 20 results

  1. Muslim-Americans discuss attitudes toward Israel CBSN (419k views)
  2. Rebel Rabbis: Anti-Zionist Jews Against Israel Vice (2325k)
  3. Jews and Arabs react to Israel’s nation-state law TRT World (10k)
  4. Youtube series explores what Israelis and Palestinians really think about the conflict PBS NewsHour (65k)
  5. UK: London Orthodox Jews burn Israeli flag on Purim RT (488k)
  6. The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history Vox (7381k)
  7. USA: Anti-Zionist Jews stage Gaza funeral at NY’s Israel embassy Ruptly (11k)
  8. PM Netanyahu: Dear Arab citizens of Israel–take part in our society in droves IsraelPM (53k)
  9. Why Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem Vox (1224k)
  10. Why Antisemites Love Israel AJ+ (71k)
  11. Do Israelis Hate Ultra-Orthodox Jews? NowThis World (326k)
  12. Christians in Israel face rise in hate crimes Al Jazeera (219k)
  13. Jerusalem Jewish group’s anti-Arab patrol BBC (26k)
  14. Jewish settler hate crime in Israel increasingly targets Christians Euronews (24k)
  15. Palestinian Christians under Israeli occupation speak out TRT (174k)
  16. Germans in Israel. Israelis in Germany DW Documentary (82k)
  17. Israelis take to streets to support Palestinian state France24 (12k)
  18. Muslim-Jewish wedding in Israel draws furious response AFP News (257k)
  19. Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem describe life under Israeli occupation TRT (144k)
  20. When does criticism of Israel cross into anti-Semitism? Washington Post (222k)

Only number 8, with a mere 53,000 views, showed Israel in a favorable manner.

“I Hate Palestine” Top 20 results

  1. Youtube series explores what Israelis and Palestinians really think about the conflict PBS News Hour (65k)
  2. Why Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem Vox (1224k)
  3. The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history Vox (7381k)
  4. Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223 Crashcourse (7364k)
  5. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, explained Washington Post (55k)
  6. Young Palestinians see no end to the Israeli Occupation CBC News (18k)
  7. Palestinian Christians under Israeli occupation speak out TRT World (174k)
  8. Israeli troops kill Palestinian on the Gaza border Euronews (7164k)
  9. Netanyahu Says Palestinians Should “Abandon The Fantasy That They Will Conquer Jerusalem” (HBO) Vice News (748k)
  10. Anti-Palestine hate posted every 71 seconds TRT World (1k)
  11. Trump recognises Israel but not Palestine TRT World (176k)
  12. Israelis take to streets to support Palestinian state France24 (12k)
  13. Culture of Hate – the Palestinian Incitement Kills Israel Foreign Ministry (43k)
  14. What Happened On The Israeli Side Of The Border During U.S. Embassy Protests (HBO) Vice News (560k)
  15. The Israel and Gaza Conflict From A Celebrities’ Perspective AJ+ (200k)
  16. Why Are Israel and Palestine Fighting? NowThisWorld (1029k)
  17. Obama to Israelis: Put yourselves in Palestinians’ shoes CBS News (11k)
  18. Author: I am Jewish and Palestinian CNN (30k)
  19. Elderly Palestinian man confronts armed Israeli soldiers before collapsing OnDemandNews (2275k)
  20. At least 25 Palestinians killed in Gaza-Israel border clashes BBC (458k)

Videos and Viewership

TRT World from Turkey is effective at promoting the anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian narrative as is the Qatari-run Al Jazeera/ AJ+. Of the top 40 slots, nine are taken by the major Muslim media companies. Only a single slot is held by Israel’s video.

Online media companies Vox and Vice have seven videos of the top 40, an impressive showing relative to the major European outlets BBC, Euronews and France24 with a total of six videos, all highly critical of Israel.

A left-wing channel NowThis had two videos, averaging 678,000 views. While the online-oriented channels Vox and Vice average 2.27 million views, the traditional media companies like the Washington Post averaged just 139,000 for its two videos and CNN had only 30,000 for its sole top 40 showing. The media from Turkey averaged 113,000 views for its six videos and from Qatar 163,000 for three videos.

Anti-Semitic Clickbate

The European news outlets featured the most anti-Israel and anti-Jewish headlines.

BBC and Euronews featured hatred and killings in their video titles including “Jerusalem Jewish group’s anti-Arab patrol”, “Jewish settler hate crime in Israel increasingly targets Christians”, “Israeli troops kill Palestinian on the Gaza border” and “Israeli troops kill Palestinian on the Gaza border.” The headlines made Jews haters and killers.

There was no equivalent for Arabs or Muslims. France24 ran with “Israelis take to streets to support Palestinian state,” making the case for an Arab state, in a search result about hating Palestine. This result was an inversion of what the viewer requested.

Euronews video entitled “Jewish settler hate crime in Israel increasingly targets Christians”


The search results on YouTube for “I hate Israel” and “I hate Palestinians” come from different sources, with the greatest number being produced in the Muslim world and the greatest viewership coming from the online world. The European countries pushed the most anti-Israel and anti-Jewish headlines, and overall, YouTube pushed a very lopsided anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian narrative.

Online, the conflict isn’t complex; it is clear that the Jews are the problem.

It is unclear if this disturbing situation stems from YouTube algorithms, viewer choice / bots to promote certain videos, or the quantity of videos being produced by media outlets with an anti-Israel bias. What is certain is the need for a change.


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BBC Welcomes Release of British Muslim Accused of Beheading Daniel Pearl

On April 2, 2020, a Pakistani court overturned the murder conviction of Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British national with a history of extremism for the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Daniel Pearl, before his execution in 2002

According to the Wall Street Journal for whom Pearl worked, “the Karachi court, which heard Mr. Sheikh’s appeal last month, overturned convictions for murder and terrorism, the 40-page ruling said Thursday. The third conviction, kidnapping for ransom, was downgraded to simple kidnapping, and Mr. Sheikh’s sentence was reduced to seven years.” In response to the ruling, Dow Jones which owns the Journal stated “we continue to seek justice for the murder of Daniel Pearl.” Reporters Without Borders, an international watchdog group for journalists, called the decision “incoherent” and a “shocking denial of justice.”

Beyond the news services, a senior official at the U.S. State Department said “The overturning of the convictions for Daniel Pearl’s murder is an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere. Those responsible for Daniel’s heinous kidnapping and murder must face the full measure of justice.

The reaction from the British news service the BBC was seemingly the complete opposite.

The media service wrote that Sheikh’s “arrest and conviction in 2002 came in quick succession, at a time when Pakistan was under severe pressure from the United States to eliminate terror networks operating on its soil,” making the entire arrest of Sheikh seem like a sham witch hunt.

Rather than quote Dow Jones or Reporters Without Borders, the BBC wrote that “a group of US journalists, including former colleagues of Pearl, said in 2011 that they believed Sheikh had not carried out the beheading,” adding fuel to the reader that the conviction of Sheikh was never credible as even reporters and friends of Pearl believed Sheikh to be innocent.

BBC would not mention the reaction from the U.S. State Department, nor the reaction from Pearl’s father who had called it a “mockery of justice.

In providing background to the case, BBC ran a header “Longstanding questions over Sheikh’s conviction.” The article continued that “The main argument of the defence lawyers was that the prosecution had failed to prove their case beyond doubt. They may have a point. There have been questions over whether the four [Sheikh and three accomplices] had any direct role in Daniel Pearl’s murder, though there was some evidence to show Sheikh’s involvement in his kidnapping.” Complete editorializing in the middle of a news article does not seem an issue for the BBC editors.

The icing on BBC’s celebratory cake was the concluding paragraph:

“But the Pakistani judiciary has sat on his appeal for nearly two decades, and some observers believe the present ruling has come at a time when the mood in the US and the rest of the world has changed and nobody seems to be worried about the terrorists of the past.

Congratulations BBC. Your patriot who conspired with colleagues to kidnap and behead a 38-year old journalist and then cut up his body into pieces will soon be set free. He left behind a pregnant wife and the lingering final words “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am a Jew.” But for the BBC, the true victim in the story is a British Muslim who unjustly lost 18 years of his life due to American-Zionist pressure.


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