Sunday, January 28, 2018

Raymond Ibrahim, Frontpage Magazine: "YouTube: Keeping Americans in the Dark on Islam"


RAYMOND IBRAHIM is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist.  His books include The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007), Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (Regnery, 2013), and Sword and Scimitar: Thirteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (to be released by Da Capo Press in Spring 2018).
Ibrahim’s writings, translations, and observations have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, CNN, LA Times, Fox News, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, New York Times Syndicate, United Press International, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Weekly Standard; scholarly journals, including the Almanac of Islamism, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hoover Institution’s Strategika, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, and Middle East Review of International Affairs; and popular websites, such as American Thinker, the Blaze, Bloomberg, Breitbart, Christian Post, Daily Caller, FrontPage Magazine, Gatestone Institute, the Inquisitr, Jihad Watch, NewsMax, National Review Online, PJ Media, the UK’s Commentator, WND, and World Magazine. He has contributed chapters to several anthologies and been translated into dozens of languages.
Ibrahim guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, Blaze TV, CBN, and NPR; he has done hundreds of radio interviews and instructed two courses for Prager University, each of which has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.
Ibrahim’s dual-background—born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East—has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former. His interest in Islamic civilization was first piqued when he began visiting the Middle East as a child in the 1970s. Interacting and conversing with the locals throughout the decades has provided him with an intimate appreciation for that part of the world, complementing his academic training.
Raymond received his B.A. and M.A. (both in History, focusing on the ancient and medieval Near East, with dual-minors in Philosophy and Literature) from California State University, Fresno. There he studied closely with noted military-historian Victor Davis Hanson. He also took graduate courses at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies—including classes on the history, politics, and economics of the Arab world—and studied Medieval Islam and Semitic languages at Catholic University of America. His M.A. thesis examined an early military encounter between Islam and Byzantium based on arcane Arabic and Greek texts.
Ibrahim’s resume includes: serving as an Arabic language and regional specialist at the Near East Section of the Library of Congress, where he was often contacted by, and provided information to, defense and intelligence personnel involved in the fields of counterterrorism and area studies, as well as the Congressional Research Service; serving as associate director of the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia think tank; and serving as a CBN News analyst and contributor.
He resigned from all positions in order to focus exclusively on researching and writing, and is currently a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum, and a Hoover Institution Media Fellow (2013), among other titles and affiliations.

YouTube: Keeping Americans in the Dark on Islam

In certain respects, the real struggle between Islam and the West has less to do with an inherently weak Islam and more to do with subversive Western elements that cover up for and empower Muhammad’s creed.
Out-and-out censorship is one of these tactics.  In a January 10 email titled, “We’re Suing Google – Here’s Why,” Prager University, which produces short videos on subjects “important to understanding American values,” explained that “YouTube has chosen repeatedly to restrict some of our videos for violating their ‘Community Guidelines.’  Those guidelines are meant to protect users against viewing sexual content, violent or graphic content, and hate speech,”  even though “our videos contain nothing even remotely close to any of these categories.”
Prager U had “filed a complaint with YouTube, hoping that there was some kind of innocent mistake.  That’s when we were told by YouTube that after reviewing our videos, they determined that they were, indeed, ‘not appropriate for a younger audience.’” Accordingly, several Prager U videos do not appear on YouTube accounts that block sexual or graphic content.  (For more on this matter and/or to sign Prager U’s petition against YouTube’s decision, click here.)
To appreciate just how much YouTube’s decision is based on preventing Americans (especially its youth, its future) from understanding the threats Islam poses—and thereby empowering Islam vis-à-vis America—consider the videos I made for Prager U, which are among those currently being restricted by YouTube.
The first is called “Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology.”  Although in it I distinguished between “radical” Muslims and those many Muslims in name only; although I (very conservatively) suggested that perhaps ten percent of the world’s Muslims are “Islamists,” and of those, only two percent are willing to take violent action to enforce their supremacist worldview; and although I said “Islamists have killed far more Muslims than members of any other group”—YouTube deemed that video “inappropriate” for younger audiences.
My other Prager U video, titled “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians,” is dedicated to shedding light on the plight of Christians, specifically in Muslim lands, where the overwhelming majority of persecution takes place.  It too is censored.  In other words, shedding light on what many Western authorities have referred to as a “genocide” of Christians, is, for YouTube, as “inappropriate” for youth as sexual, graphic, or hate filled videos.  Needless to say, not only are there no real images in the video (sexual, graphic or otherwise), but I attribute the violence against Christians to “fundamentalists” and “fundamentalist interpretations” of the Koran, meaning there’s no “hate” either.
Meanwhile, “other videos on similar topics, but from a liberal perspective”— including those dealing with the alleged or real mistreatment of Muslims at the hands of non-Muslims (which fits the narrative well)—are not restricted by YouTube.
When both my Prager U videos came out, they each quickly reached over one million views.  Once YouTube restricted them, their views dropped accordingly—meaning mission (keeping America’s youth in the dark about Islam) achieved.
This, of course, is one of many personal and impersonal examples of YouTube’s cover up efforts.  Back on April 22, 2015, I came across a short Islamic State video that was only available on Arabic websites at the time.  In it, IS members were videotaped destroying crosses inside and atop churches, while Koran verses against “polytheism” were recited in the background.  I decided to upload it on YouTube—to show the people of the West what the people of the Muslim world were privy to.  YouTube promptly took the video down and sent me a “warning” email.
By the perverse logic of YouTube, it is not the Islamic State that is engaging in hate by destroying churches and crucifixes, but rather me—for simply exposing it.  This episode recently came to mind when President Trump retweeted (from an account since suspended) an image of an IS member holding a Virgin Mary statue (which he later smashed).  If that rather innocuous image went viral, consider if Trump and/or others had seen and/or drawn attention to the much more graphic video and images of IS members destroying numerous crosses and desecrating churches?  Thanks to YouTube censorship, this possibility was not allowed.
The people of the West need to wake up to the fact that they are involved in a war on two fronts: one with an alien civilization that wishes to subjugate or slaughter them, and another with smiley-faced, homegrown elements that go to great lengths to keep this ugly truth hid.