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Banned from server. Stated Reason: Racism.
by Gal Kfir on 06/17/14 06:36:00 am

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I recently got into playing Battlefield 3 online. I was browsing the servers and I tried to connect to some Hungarian server. I was immediately banned from the server and the reason was: FREE PALESTINE.

I DO NOT want to spark a political conversation here. Anyone's opinion on the Israel\Palestine issue has the right to believe in what they choose to believe, but if that is the case why is this so one sided?

If I am to be banned for being an Israeli gamer then why is this server even on my browsing list??? I just have to sit there and accept the fact that because I was born in a country that this particular host dislikes I have to get smacked in the face and find a different server where they would gracefully accept my Israeli origins.

I know that this is a private, payed server that someone is hosting. Why is there an option to block out certain countries is really baffling to me. Some might say that is freedom of speech, fine, call it that. Lets give people a tool to punish other players based on their country, why not do it for gender, race and skin color while we're at it?  

This is just a one sided way to hurt someone. Please explain to me how punishing Israeli gamers will bring an end to the Israel/Palestine conflict? perhaps this guy is on to something so smart I dare not even question him.  

If you want to give hosts the option to do this ugly thing then by all means remove that server from any Israeli based IP. Neither myself or anyone in the world deserves to be punished in such way. If a man is so hateful that he chooses to do this backwards way of "sticking it to the man" then let him to so in his own little world and remove the server from the country that is being blocked. Otherwise this just creates a one way method of hurting someone.

Thoughts?


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