Open Violent Antisemitism And Facebook.
The climate for Jews living in the West, and in particular Europe, has changed.
This is evidenced by racist chants at past demonstrations in London, proposed boycotts, the increase in reported antisemitic attacks, the tone of newspaper articles and not least, how it has become acceptable to articulate anti-Jewish sentiment.
Now, of course, we have all heard it and before those views are openly expressed we will hear, “Some of my best friends are Jewish…”, “Criticism is not antisemitic…”, etc etc
Still I wonder how Facebook’s usage in this instance will be explained away, presumably as some juvenile prank, but I have to wonder what type of environment allowed these views to be expressed in the first place?
Facebook has a proposed event “kill a jew day” and its attendees are NOT, as far as I can see, skinheads or known neo-fascists, in fact, a few seem to be British university graduates.
Please tell me what type of thinking and underlying sentiment in the West makes it possible for ANYONE to consider (even as a sick joke) pushing such an event?
Update 1: I will try and update the links later on
Update 2: Mary comments:
“The site was taken down, to be replaced by another, which again was taken down and now we are trying to get rid of the third.”
Update 3: The JIDF has more on these types of FB events. This is not an isolate incident
Update 4: Jpost has coverage:
“A murderous anti-Semitic theme appeared on Facebook Sunday, when a user named “Alex Cookson” launched an open invitation to an “event” called “Kill a Jew Day.”
The page on the popular social networking Web site urged users to violence “anywhere you see a Jew” between July 4 and July 22. A large image of a swastika was placed at the top of the page. Under the heading “description,” Cookson wrote, “You know the drill guys.”
It was the fourth time that a call to murder Jews had been put on Facebook within recent days.
The site attracted a torrent of anti-Semitic responses.
“Can’t wait to rape the dead baby Jews,” one user wrote.
Another user posted images of corpses piled on one another. A third user posted quotes by Adolf Hitler.
Within hours, however, a large number of Israeli users converged on the site and posted comments on the page, with some expressing their disgust, and others mocking Cookson and his supporters.”