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Open Violent Antisemitism And Facebook.

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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.

Facebook event - kill a jew day

Facebook event - kill a jew day

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.”

Written by modernityblog

04/07/2010 at 13:34

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  1. I sent Facebook a complaint about the page – hopefully they’ll do something about it.

    Rebecca

    04/07/2010 at 17:44

  2. And I just checked back, and the page wasn’t there.

    Rebecca

    04/07/2010 at 17:45

  3. Glad to see that it has been taken down. If it was meant as a joke then it was a particularly sick one

    jams o donnell

    04/07/2010 at 17:54

  4. 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.

    You need to go to the JIDF web site and get updates on what sites need to be reported. It is only by mass reporting that a site is taken down and there are dozens, far worst than this one.

    http://www.thejidf.org/

    On the page “Take action” there are a great many groups.

    Mary

    05/07/2010 at 07:27

  5. Thanks Mary, I will update the post.

    modernityblog

    05/07/2010 at 10:53


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