Luciana Misura and censorship

Luciana Misura is a Brasilian woman living in the United States. She decided to create a list of blogs of Brasilians that have websites/blogs living outside of Brasil.

I thought it was a great idea, and sent her an email with a link to FactsOfIsrael.com. To my suprise, she has refused to add a link to my site. She says politicals sites cannot be included - but that's not mentioned anywhere and many of the sites she does list have political content.

After sending a message to many Brasilian bloggers, I have received a few emails of support, mostly from Brasilians living in the United States. That's because they understand what "free speech" is all about, and Luciana is having trouble with the concept: she censors opinions that might not fit into her definition of what Brasilians outside of Brasil should be saying.

She created a list for Brasilians living outside of Brasil. I am a Brasilian living outside of Brasil, why does she specifically refuse to add a link to my site?

Luciana, let's look up together the definition of anti-Semitism:

Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism. Discrimination against Jews.

Although I don't think Luciana is racist, I do believe she's excluding my site simply because of its pro-Israel content. Sad. If you feel I'm right, please send Luciana an email at luciana@misura.org and ask her to include FactsOfIsrael.com in her list.

Update: After I posted a comment about her censorship skills on her site, Luciana decided it was better to take down the comments all together instead of allowing her readers to see how she's not allowing my site to be listed simply because of its pro-Israel content. The supretion of information flow continues.

I copy below the text of a message I sent to all Brasilian bloggers found in Luciana's list (in Portuguese).





Oi,

Eu sou Brasileiro e moro no esterior, mas a Luciana Misura decidiu nao colocar um link pro meu blog na lista dela (http://www.mundopequeno.blogger.com.br/ - o seu blog esta na lista dela)

Eu escrevi este email para a Luciana Misura duas vezes, mais ela decidiu nem responder. Eu penso que nao e justo o que ela esta fazendo. Se voce concorda, por favor mande um email para ela: luciana@misura.org

Thanks,

David Melle
dmelle@factsofisrael.com
Get the facts, check out http://www.FactsOfIsrael.com

-----Original Message-----
From: David Melle [mailto:dmelle@factsofisrael.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2002 12:47 PM
To: 'Luciana'
Subject: RE: Mais um blog para sua lista

Oi Luciana,

Obrigado por sua resposta, e eu li tambem o post no seu site (muito bom site, by the way). Como voce esta organizando a lista, e claro que voce pode decidir de quais links sao aceitos e quais nao podem fazer parte da lista do grupo de Brasileiros do exterior.

That said, I strongly protest your decision to exclude FactsOfIsrael.com on the basis that it is a site with a specific theme.

Meu site e um blog. Eu sou um Brasileiro morando no exterior, mais eu sou tambem Judeu e Israelense. Hoje eu acredito que existe uma guerra contra Israel, e que esta guerra virou razao para anti-semitas attaquar todos os Judeus no mundo inteiro. Por isso, eu escrevo no meu blog artigos e pensamentos dos assuntos que me interessam hoje: vitimas do terrorismo Palestino, attaques contra Judeos (Anti-Semitismo), historia Judia, opinioes, etc…

A maioria dos blogs sao feitas da mesma maneira: pensamentos dos autores sobre assuntos que lhes interessam naquele momento. Eu fui ver alguns blogs que voce colocou na lista na pagina http://www.mundopequeno.blogger.com.br/ e vi muitos exemplos de sites que nao falam so das experiencias dos autores vivendo no exterior:

http://sambasemcompromisso.blogspot.com/ - A maioria dos posts falam de politica – pode ser por causa das eleicoes, mais so vi um post que falava da vida to autor no Estados Unidos.

http://www.caipirinhasueca.blogger.com.br/ - Marina na Suecia - A maioria dos posts falam da vida dela, o que ela sente, pensa, etc… So vi alguns posts falando das experiencias de uma brasileira morando na Suecia.

http://balagan.blogspot.com/ - A maioria dos posts da Renatinha sao comos os meus: assuntos sobre Israel.

Etc…

Eu vejo so uma difference entres os blogs “normais” e meu site: I wanted to give some context to the Israeli/Palestinian/Arab conflict, so my site is not only a blog. Around the blog, there are many pages that cover the history, geography, stats, etc… of the conflict in addition to the daily blog. But is that enough to specifically rule me out of the list of Brazilians living outside of Brasil?

Nao penso que so porque meu tema specifico e Israel, e razao para nao colocar meu blog na lista. Por favor, pensa de novo se sua decisao e “fair”.

Mais uma coisa: eu tamben nao acredito que nao a solucao ao conflito entre Israel e Palestinos/Arabes. A solucao e simples:

1) Fim a violencia, terrorismo e a mataria do Palestinian Islamic Jihad e Hamas de mulheres e criancas Israelenses.

2) Aceitacao dos Palestinos que Israel tem um direito de existir e Israelenses e Judeus tem um direito de viver.

3) Creacao de um Estado Palestino na Cisjordania (Gaza e West Bank) onde Palestinos tem um direito de viver as vidas deles, livres e independentes

4) Fim dos ataques do Hezbollah contra Israel (grupo terrorista do Iran, base no Libano).

5) Aceitacao dos paises Arabes que Israel tem um direito de existir e Israelenses e Judeus tem um direito de viver.

6) Paz entre Israel e todos paises Arabes (so existe Paz entre Israel com Egyto e Jordania).

Isto fui exatamente o que os Estados Unidos e Israel queriam em Outubro de 2000, quando Arafat e os Palestinos nao aceitaram e comecaram a guerra. Arafat e Palestinos nao aceitam puntos 1 e 2, e por isto a guerra continua.

Desculpa pelos errors, fui embora do Brasil com 14 anos, e nao tenho a opurtunidade de falar todo dia.

Boa Sorte,

David Melle
dmelle@factsofisrael.com
Get the facts, check out http://www.FactsOfIsrael.com

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