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When Susanne Katz received a message by Instagram a little over a week ago notifying her that one of her photographs was taken down because it “violated community standards,” she never suspected it was over a seemingly innocent picture of her against the backdrop of an Israeli flag posted about 10 days prior.

The next morning, Katz reposted the photo, a selfie she took at work depicting a casual look with a messy ponytail in front of an Israeli flag, and again, it was taken down seven hours later.

…She then contacted Instagram to ask why the photograph was taken down but did not receive a response, Katz said.

“Initially I was extremely upset because I consider the Israeli flag very much a part of my identity as a Jewish Zionist woman. Also, I have reported actual terrorist activity on Instagram…Actual graphic violence and nudity and I get a message back saying my post was reviewed and it doesn’t violate the community standards. So I was in disbelief that my photo violated anything,” Katz said in an exclusive interview with The Foreign Desk.

The following caption was posted with the original photo.

 “Antisemitism infects society with beliefs that define Jews as demonic, powerful, and a threat to the world. The currently accepted and false belief is that the “Palestinians” are the native people of “Palestine” and that the Jewish State is an occupying colonial state. This single fabrication is the main driving force behind the current wave of global antisemitism. The remarkable success that antisemitism has now attained has been made possible by the new tactic of erasing 3,500 years of Israel’s history in the land prior to the establishment of the modern state in 1948. The history of the Children of Israel in the Land of Israel, which was once common knowledge, has been deleted from our collective memories the way that the giant Buddhist statues in Afghanistan were obliterated.”

 

Several prominent Jewish and rights groups voiced concern on social media over the incident, and many wrote to Instagram to complain about the photograph being removed.

Instagram page ‘Humans of Judaism’ reposted the photo April 12 with the caption, “Last night Instagram deleted this photo saying it violated their standards. I’m #sorrynotsorry if the Israeli flag offends them.”

But it wasn’t until the Anti-Defamation League got involved, that the situation was resolved, according to Katz.

The photo was reposted on Instagram Tuesday.

-The Foreign Desk.

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Doc45

    Mark Twain put down on paper his musings like this: “The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone. Other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

    Why are Jews still persecuted and yet survive? The answer by deduction and logic must be beyond the human level. There is a divine element surely?

    • Nige.

      Jealousy.

      • Doc45

        Partly, definitely.

    • BruceM

      Nothing divine about it. Just good old fashioned values that hold a family, a community and a religion together both in good times and bad.

  • Orca

    Something about this whole thing just doesn’t add up. You kept complaining to your girlfriend that her nose was blocking your view, and yet, somehow you are still together?

  • Hans

    It’s strange because when i see the Israeli flag i see, rights for women, gays, Christians, Muslims, non believers of all colours and the right to vote for all – and best of all a safe place that Jews can feel safe and supported by the government. Not to mention all the wonderful things Israel has invented since 1948 and turning the State into a land flowing with milk and honey.

  • biscuit barrel

    her real problem is this absurd statement of hers:
    The currently accepted and false belief is that the “Palestinians” are the native people of “Palestine” and that the Jewish State is an occupying colonial state.”
    Its clearly racist belief of hers as the jewish state was forced on the local people by the occupying British and UN in 1948. And even if we consider from that time, the Israeli government is in occupation of most of the non Israeli areas under international law.

    • Hans

      No one complained when Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Britain were ruling the land – only when the Jews returned home.

      • biscuit barrel

        Mussolini tried to recreatea modern Roman empire by claiming places that were formerly roman.
        Naples used to be a greek settlement – same goes to Jerusalem, does that mean they can go home as well. Constantinople ?

        [Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel]http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160422-israel-jerusalem-hellenistic-archaeology-passover-hanukkah

        • Nesher

          Your posts often convey the opinion that claiming a land which used to belong to a nation is generally a bad idea and Israel can’t use the argument of historic connections of Jewish people to the Holy Land for the land disputes. I understand your point. Now, can you explain why Palestinians’ land claims is a good idea?

          • biscuit barrel

            The historic connection is tenuous. Jersualem seems to have a long history as a city under different groups, what gives Jews and special advantages over others in the historical narrative.

            Palestinians are still around, its a here and now argument , where recent invasion and population isnt part of the rules.
            Not much chance of going back to 1948, but plenty of Arabs who were forced out have a right of return under our current international rules.
            3500 years ago is a nonsense, as I have shown, as they were just one of many groups then and since.

          • Nesher

            The Temple is the answer.

          • biscuit barrel

            Which temples, the Muslim, the Byzantine, the Christian, The Roman , the Greek, the Hebrew ?
            Which one of those long ago political/religous entitys should have fist dibs now ?

            At the end of the Ottoman empire they could have made a single state/mandate that covered the levant coast, from Northern Lebabnon down to before Gaza, as a place for a mixed religous background. Christian, Muslim, Jewish.
            It might have been 60% christian, 35% muslim and 5% jewish.

          • biscuit barrel

            The temple ? so if they created a mini state like the vatican in Jersusalem, that would do ? After all the catholics dont have a ‘homeland’ based around Rome and taking up half of Italy

      • biscuit barrel

        Thats ridiculous, the local people helped the british because they wanted independence from the Turks ( many places have a history of fighting back over Turkish rule) What teh Arabs didnt expect they would replace one overlord with another.
        The 1920s -1940s are full of stories about Arab revolt about british rule
        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936–39_Arab_revolt_in_Palestine

        So your comments are just false. Just the same in India, plenty of revolt about British, same in NZ etc.
        Please be more aware of history

    • fred furball

      You didn’t waste any time sticking a label on her did you? “Racist” should do the trick and stop any further thought. Because you disagree with her comment you figure that she must be prejudiced. And she is prejudiced against the “Palestinian race”. Really?

      • biscuit barrel

        Its Her comments that are racist and why she was deleted, the flag means nothing.
        Look up definition of racism: distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin
        .
        palestinians are the people of palestine, they are mentioned in the bible. What do they have to do , get DNA tests.

        • fred furball

          The woman’s comments are a complaint about antisemitism. The definition which you have found for racism sets a pretty low threshold. If we use it, then we can say that the woman was racist because she was complaining about racism.
          When you criticise Israel in your response, by the same standard you are a racist too.
          Do you see how pointless the labeling is?

          • biscuit barrel

            Im not trying to criticise Israel, only these absurd statements of hers which are patently false, where she denies the rights of a whole people because they are labelled palestinian.
            Then she compounds it by presuming special privileges for her own religious group. Shes welcome to be proud of her own identity and follow zionist political beliefs but not by racist opinions about a different ethnic group who are mixed christian/muslim heritage.

        • Hans

          Problem is there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation, they are an invented people or nation – Philistine and Palestinians have nothing in common apart from the fact both start with the letter P. Philistines came from the west and settled around Gaza. You will find no evidence of a language, culture or anyone these people supposedly traded with, if you could find them where are the coins they minted? no other nation ever talks about these so called Palestinians in any historical writing – not one. And just for your information they did do a DNA test in Canada years ago when the Palestinians claimed the Dead Sea Scrolls belonged to them – DNA proved otherwise.
          Just a big lie told many times over and now people seem to think this is a fact of history, Muslims learnt well from the Nazi’s.

  • Damon Mudgway

    Over a flag? Really? Religion is one big unfunny joke. When will people realise we are nothing more than worm food and accept their fate? I guess faith is a powerful drug.

    Now Christian values…that’s a different kettle of fish…there’s bankability in those. Christ had some great ideals…but son of God??? That’s where the idiocy of religion starts creeping in.

    • biscuit barrel

      Its not over a flag, its her comments that didnt meet their standards.

      The picture only was allowed back, but not the comments.

      • Damon Mudgway

        After reading instagrams terms of service I’m a little unsure as to why they would take issue with the text she wrote.

      • Damon Mudgway

        Isn’t Zionism now generally regarded as a movement towards a Jewish homeland rather than that of a select race? Or is that soft talk by Zionists to hide their true agenda?

        • biscuit barrel

          Well judaism is a religion, but mostly hard to join as you have to be born into it. Its strange but even in Israel most ‘jews’ are non religous, 80%, by some counts but most would still be slightly observant

  • johnandali

    There is a large section of the world’s community that looks on a flag as being very symbolic. If you burn a flag or spit on it, it’s symbolism. If you wave thousands of another flag, it’s also symbolism. And there are two flags that are probably burned or spat upon more than any other flags in this world. The US and Israel. And it doesn’t take a genius to know who is doing the burning.

    • biscuit barrel

      “This decision to adopt the Zionist flag to be the flag of the State of Israel reflects its power as a symbol of the spirit of the Zionist movement.”

      So it was the flag of the Zionist movement, which is white with two blue stripes.

      The star of david is an invention, as traditional jewish symbols were
      “the menora (candelabrum), the Lion of Judah, the shofar (ram’s horn) and the lulav (palm frond)”
      http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/isflag.html

      • Nesher

        Hmmm… Why nobody is telling any other countries where their borders should be, which place should be their capital, how their flag should look… Don’t you feel that this is a nobody else’s business rather than Israeli?
        Do you know much about 200+ other land disputes in the world? Why Israel grabs so much attention? Why not to focus on Kurdistan, North Cyprus, West Armenia…

        • biscuit barrel

          the UN created Israel, otherwise today you would have a mixed Muslim, Christian, Jewish country within the old mandate borders. Unlikely to have been mass jewish migration to the area.

          • Nesher

            My darling, the UN has no power to create a country or a state. The only power it has is to recognize or not to recognize it. So Israel was created by Israeli like France was created by French, US by Americans, Japan by Japanese and so on. It is known as “principle of self-determination”.

          • biscuit barrel

            Yes it did. Britain had the authority over Palestine under league of nations mandate. The UN took over from defunct league and the UN partitioned Palestine into an jewish part and an arab part.
            Voila , Israel was created by UN fiat. One day Israel didnt exist and the next day it did.

            principle of Self determination doesnt come into it. happened all over the place in former colonies. Ata stroke of pen countries that never existed where created out of nothing. Same happened on other side. Do you think Jordan wasnt created by British ?

          • biscuit barrel

            Plenty of Maori want to create their own /state/government/self rule. According to your “principle of self determination’ they can just do it and we all have to accept it.
            Its silly rubbish now and was silly rubbish back in 48.

  • FornaK

    It’s ok everyone, I’ll console her!

    • fred furball

      Bad FornaK!

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