Another gaming website joined a chorus of others voicing support for Palestine in the current conflict in the West Bank, claiming to stand “against apartheid, genocide, and oppression” while ignoring the atrocities in China for financial reasons.
Fanbyte, which provides video game guides and reviews, posted a letter from its editorial staff on Tuesday saying they “stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine against apartheid, genocide, and oppression.” The letter makes clear the editorial staff holds Israel solely responsible for the current conflict in the region, though they admit they are no experts on geopolitics.
“But we don’t need to be geopolitics experts to recognize that human rights abuse is human rights abuse. And Israel’s human rights abuses, from the unlivable conditions in the Gaza Strip to right-wing fanatics forcing Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, cannot be ignored. The IDF’s relentless bombing and violence against a people with no military cannot be ignored. The harassment and violence against worshippers trying to celebrate Eid at Al-Aqsa cannot be ignored,” the editorial staff wrote, completely ignoring the terrorist organization Hamas’ role in the entire conflict.
As with other gaming websites, Fanbyte provided a list of charities where people could donate to help the people of Palestine.
As The Daily Wire reported on Tuesday, multiple other gaming websites posted similar statements attacking Israel and supporting Palestine, following the media’s continued narrative that Israel is the sole aggressor. Some of those websites, including IGN and Game Informer, removed the pages siding with Palestine and asking for donations.
IGN released a statement Monday morning explaining its decision to remove the links to charities.
“We have a track record of supporting humanitarian efforts and charities across the globe. In the instance of our recent post regarding how to help civilians in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, our philanthropic instincts to help those in need was not in-line with our intent of trying to show support for all people impacted by tragic events,” the statement said. “By highlighting only one population, the post mistakenly left the impression that we were politically aligned with one side. That was not our intention and we sincerely regret the error.”
Other gaming websites, such as GameSpot and Kotaku, have left their articles and donation pages up.
The move from Fanbyte to call out “apartheid, genocide, and oppression” caught the attention of Colin Moriarty, a games writer and developer, who asked if Fanbyte would also stop “covering products of corporations like Activision-Blizzard and Disney that openly do business with a totalitarian dictatorship that disappears its people and runs ethnic concentration camps?”
Moriarty, of course, was referring to China, which has for years imprisoned Uyghurs in internment camps where they are regularly tortured.
Moriarty followed up his tweet by pointing out that Fanbyte is owned by Chinese company Tencent, meaning it is unlikely they would ever voice support for Uyghurs and others harmed by the Chinese government.
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