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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 4, 2006 11:28 AM

Back in February, you may remember, I cobbled together a little mini-movie called “First, They Came” inspired by the Mohammed Cartoon riots. It’s a simple slideshow highlighting the victims of Islamic violence over the years. We posted it at YouTube a while ago. No problems. Until last week, when I received this e-mail:

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I asked YouTube to inform me of the exact nature of the “inappropriateness” of the video. But no response. The banning of my innocuous video is not an isolated incident. Anti-jihad YouTube users have reported having their videos yanked and accounts suspended, including Crusader18. Another YT user, Intelsum, writes:

It has come to my attention that Jihadis organized a campaign against us to have our videos removed by You Tube. Some people’s accounts have even been terminated. I don’t know exactly how the You Tube suspension system works, but it looks like a video will be removed if it gets a certain number of complaints (which may be accepted without investigation), and an account gets closed when the third video is removed. One of my videos was recently removed for “inappropriate content.” The video, ‘It’s In The Koran’ could be viewed at http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/ItsInTheKoran.php, second screen (alternative video source). This video contains no sexually explicit content and could only be offensive to Muslims who reject any notion of criticism. At the same time, many al-Qaeda propaganda videos, Nazi videos, etc. are posted on You Tube.

Strangely, my conservative YouTube group (now nearly 1,000 members strong) has also now been “flagged” for containing “content that is inappropriate for some users.”

Yeah, inappropriate for members of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.

Some users are proposing a YT boycott. But I think the better approach is to stay and fight–and persuade DhimmiTube to rethink its policies. Will any criticism of jihad qualify as “hate” under its terms of use guidelines? Why did the banning of anti-jihad videos only start now–in the wake of YouTube’s embarrassment over jihad propaganda videos exploding on its site as reported by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin earlier this month?

We posted a video appeal to YouTube management. Watch, send, embed, and pass it around if you have a chance. Maybe they’ll respond:

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Update: Digg’s moonbats continue their attacks. Read Charles Johnson’s latest post on the war.

Update: Lefties rejoice. Jawa Report says that “Rocket Ride” has been banned.

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