Today, on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, YouTube saw fit to send me an email to let me know that they were pulling monetization from a bunch of my YouTube videos because they may not be advertiser friendly and may violate community standards. Four of the 7 videos that were demonetized featured Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in Israel that feature Israelis coming to a two-minute stand still when a siren rings. Yes. No one speaks or says anything. A siren rings and people stand still.
Two of the demonetized videos were similar commemorations of Israel Memorial Day in honor of fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The videos are apolitical and are simply recordings of sirens and standing still. The last video is just me saying the last words of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl before he was murdered by Muslim terrorists, but substituting my name for Pearl’s: “My name is Daniel Pearl… My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am a Jew.”
How is any of this even remotely not advertiser friendly? I have no idea. What community standards exactly are being violated? You’ll have to ask YouTube. I know that recently a bunch of big brand advertisers have stopped using YouTube because they found out that their ads were appearing alongside content that was racist and/or encouraged terrorism. And I know that there are a ton of videos that mention the terms “Jewish” and “Holocaust” that are anti-Semitic, racist and promote historical revisionism.
But come on YouTube! Come on! I don’t care about the few pennies I earn from these videos, but surely you can tell the difference between White Power Nazi bullshit and actual commemorations and celebrations of Judaism! I am given the opportunity to ask for a review of these videos but that can take weeks, even months, and in the meantime… I am offended! Anyhow, Holocaust Memorial Day is about to begin here. Time to replace “pissed” with “sombre.”