The Israeli Defense Force has launched its own YouTube channel to bolster its case for the air assault against Hamas. It includes footage of Hamas terrorists loading rockets into a truck in a residential neighbourhood. There are also clips of attacks on Hamas weapons sites and tunnels used for smuggling.
But some videos were removed after Hamas sympathizers flagged them as “inappropriate.” YouTube has a feature which allows users to label videos unsuitable, causing them to be deleted.
While some clips were later reinstated, the IDF said in a statement on its YouTube page: “We are saddened that YouTube has taken down some of our exclusive footage… it is imperative that we in the IDF show the world the inhumanity directed against us and our efforts to stop it.”
Meanwhile, Israel is developing an independent blog where the videos can be viewed without any issues.