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Spotify Removes Violent Antisemitic Content

Shadi Al-Bourini and Shadi Al-Najjar are the Pro-Palestinian rappers whose music was removed from Spotify for violating rules, including “violent extremist antisemitic content”

The streaming platform Spotify has removed “violent extremist antisemitic content” and songs following a petition organized by We Believe in Israel (WBII) and the Board of Deputies.

The removed songs include “Arabic Katyusha” and “The Death of Israel”, as well as “Udrub Udrub Tel Abib” which allegedly incites violence against Israelis while using antisemitic language.

In that latter song, the lyrics allegedly include: “Strike a blow at Tel Aviv and frighten the Zionists. The more you build it the more we will destroy it”, “We don’t want no truce or solution. All we want is to strike Tel Aviv”, “Oh you settler, with your sidelocks, in your shelter you cower with fear”, “Strike, oh Qassam missile, do not let the Zionists sleep. Even if they beg for mercy – be sure not to show Tel Aviv any mercy”, and “Oh Fajr missile, explode in the Knesset and the army base.”

A petition to the streaming giant to remove the songs was organised by WBII and attracted nearly 4,000 signatures, while the Board of Deputies “made representations to the Secretary of State of Digital Culture, Media and Sport on the matter.”

Luke Akehurst, Director of WBII, said: “It’s good news that Spotify have finally listened to public disgust about hosting clearly antisemitic content which contravenes their own content policies, including directly inciting violence against Israelis.”

NGO StopAntisemitism has been alerting Spotify for a few years now regarding antisemitic content and called on Soundcloud to do the same.

Source: https://www.thejc.com/news/news/spotify-removes-antisemitic-content-following-successful-petition-4CSTRfQFd82NJkriX7qdSL