Monday, May 12, 2008

Nakba at 60 and my blogger suspension

I just want to start by saying that the reason for my absence of the past few days (besides the obvious preoccupation of motherhood!) is that Blogger suspended my blog and I had to request a review to get it unlocked! I received an email telling me that "Your blog, at, has been identified as a potential spam blog" and that though this was likely an error I had to request a review. Eventually, it was unlocked.

However I was curious and obviously upset, and upon further investigation, I found that several Palestinian and Pro-Palestinian blogs have suffered a similar fate-they blogs being targeted as "potential spam blogs". Some took months to get unlocked.

According to Haitham Sabbah, "Zionists are sending claims about pro-Palestine blogs and signaling them as spam blogs so that Google closes them. Some of these blogs got reviewed and cleared in few days, other stayed blocked for few months. there is no guarantee that Google will review the blog within certain period."

Cyber-terrorism, perhaps, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Nakba? If so, shame on Google, shame on blogger.

In other news, my parents remain in Egypt. They are making their way tonight to the border to attempt to get in on the single day of 3 days (the first in almost a year) that the Crossing will be open for passage into Gaza.

Meanwhile, with Gaza's only power plant forced to shut down for lack of fuel, Gaza is suffering blackouts once again. The dead are being carried to morgues and cemeteries on donkey carts now. Cars are no longer in use. Light--and hope--are being shut out of people's lives. A bag of flour is now 160 shekels, with many bakeries threatening to shut down. Meats have doubled in price. Fida tells me in Rafah, people are seen going door to door begging for morsels of food.

I hope to post a more personal reflection on the Nakba in the coming days.


Blogger Jed Carosaari said...

Shame on them! Shame! How dare they usurp the foundations of the web, for free traverse of ideas and exchange of thought! They may disagree with the thoughts expressed, but to curtail the thoughts is to deny the spirit of the very medium on which they engage in their viscious denials of honor. One must wonder, what is it that they fear, that they must not engage in dialouge, but rather stop all voices to the countrary?

6:56 AM  
Blogger julia said...

nakba? please translate
Thank You

10:16 AM  
Blogger Ali Dahmash said...

Hi, I hope my blog is not a spam either as I had less readers the past week since I posted stuff about Al Nakbah, I alsoi started posting some real life stories from massacre survivors.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not worry. They have their plans and we have ours. Let us intensify the efforts for the LOVE of Palestine. Do your part and perform your responsibility toward the Palestinian human rights. Silence is complicity, no actions means approval.
Mark you calendar for May 23-25 where we assert the Palestinian National rights. We will say it loud that we will never forget. Palestinians are the Key holders of peace. Join the thousands and strengthen the network of the thousands of activists. Express your opinion and let the many panelists know of where Palestine should go. Support our efforts to empower our community and assert the Palestinians right of return. Join the many Palestinian Americans and their supporters in Chicago commemorating the 60th year of the forced exile of the Palestinian people. Be pro active, ask questions to the Panelists and discuss the current event. We must empower ourselves and make a strong network for Justice, Peace and Freedom. Be pro active. Enough talks, Register NOW

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its quite obvious what they fear - they fear the truth getting out. Thats why they take such desperate measures to silence us and to silence everybody who dares say anything that may even be construed as negative.

May Allah make it easy for your parents to cross the border.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger did this to Salsa In China Blog and it is about China adoption. It happens sometimes and has nothing to do with the issues you discuss on your blog.

3:55 AM  
Blogger ياسمين حميد said...

Welcome back, and shame on them!
Believe me, their days are counted...

2:39 PM  
Blogger betul said...

nakba: cataclysm
15 may: day of the catastrophe
in turkish, felaket

shame on blogger, shame on google

8:43 PM  
Blogger Robby said...

Don't you think you're being just a bit paranoid, blaming the zionists for getting your Blog suspended? If you truly believe it's a conspiracy then why don't you find another Blog server?

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back in your blog!

What happened to your blog is just not surprising:
- look at how some Jewish organisations want to try journalists, radio stations and TV channels who dare to criticise Israel, calling them anti-Semitic. It becomes even ridiculous when the journalists they call anti-Semitic are… Jews!
- remember that some people wanted to impeach the Palestinian movie ‘Paradise Now’ to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, simply because it came from a country that does not exist according to them…
And there are many other examples.
So from the moment they say “There is no country like Palestine: this land belongs to Israel”, they cannot but try to ‘erase Palestine from the web’, if I can use this expression…
It is even more shocking to hear that from people who were born and grew up abroad (former Soviet Union, USA &c), who arrived in Israel some years ago and say to the Palestinians “this is my land and you must leave!”
But we are in 2008 and your fight for freedom also includes a new fight for e-freedom, net-freedom or call it what you like. I wish you to win it!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same thing happen to me with Window into Palestine and Stop The Siege of Gaza Blogs...

With luck both sites were back and running 30 hours.

I was so sad when it happened to my Entertainment This blog, It was down for ever, at least 30 days or more could be two.

I was getting so much traffic every day, and my google advertising was paying out so much higher then normal... and you know what, my template code had been altered when my blog came back online.
what up with that?

Anyway I am glad you are back, I enjoy visiting from tome to time.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Laila said...

actually I am moving to my own site, soon soon it will be up I hope

2:35 AM  
Blogger Risitas Españolas said...

I recently discovered your blog and am fascinated by your journey...both in raising biligual/bicultural children as well as the sadder political journey that you must endure.

I am a US expat raising my 2 year old son bilingual/bicultural.

Three cheers for your consistency in writing. I am anxious to delve deep into your blog. I am fascinated by what I have read so far! Keep up the great work.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Sweet Southern Belle said...

160 shekels is almost $48 US dollars. Last time I bought a 5 pound/2.27 kilogram bag of flour it was about $4 US dollars. Pretty soon the people of Gaza will be eating dirt like the poor of Haiti. It's so wrong.

6:15 PM  
Blogger A VIRGIN IS COMING said...

It's sad foreign policy isn't for the general public...I mean most Americans have no clue what Obama's talking about when he's talking anyway.
We understand "living wage"
"taxes" "gas prices" ...In other words your average American is really just worried about being able to provide the basic necessities for self and family affording a vacation here or there and health insurance...Israel/Palestine goes in one ear and out the other. Sad. But true.

4:16 AM  
Blogger أبو سنان said...

Same thing happened to my blog. Took a few days to re-open it.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having your own site is cool along with a host. I hope to have that one day.

The only thing good about blogger , is your blog gets a good head start by having a decent ranking plus blogger is google , so the search engine is google.

But for Palestine videos I would hope to have my own host so that way they can never be removed unless court action takes place

but if you are looking for alot of freedom, better to have your own site and dot com

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't blame Google and Blogger (same thing) for this. They provide you with a totally free platform for your propaganda and index it so people can find your propaganda easily.

They provide a mechanism to help stop spam. The mechanism is faulty and people abuse it, but it is nothing to be ashamed of on their part.

Blame the people who abused this mechanism, not Google.

7:12 AM  

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