Thursday, August 13, 2009

Anti-Israel Facebook Groups: A Forum for Anti-Semitism

As anti-Semitism flourishes on a variety of social networking sites, Facebook in particular has become a convenient platform for users seeking to link their anti-Semitic views to discussions of Israel.

Much of the anti-Semitic commentary found on the discussion boards of anti-Israel Facebook groups echoes the hateful messages displayed at nationwide anti-Israel demonstrations that condemn Jewish power and compare Israelis to Nazis.

Here's a brief sampling of anti-Semitic comments found on Facebook:
  • “A Zionist Jew: ‘Thou shalt kill a non Jew’, ‘Thou shalt steal from a non Jew.’ An anti Zionism (a Jew): ‘Thou shalt not kill...until the appointed time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ Same shit different assholes! Zionism did not come from nowhere. It finds its roots in Judaism. Judaism teaches that Jews are the chosen race. Zionists are acting accordingly. Read their Torah and their Talmud. Guys, we know you are bunch of liars and deceivers. Only fools would believe your manipulative statements. Wolves in sheep clothing, that's what you are.”
-- International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, August 6, 2009

  • “Zionist Jews have taken such a beautiful religion and the name of a race, which have contributed so much, and initiated another holocaust…”
-- US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, July 29, 2009

  • “If you were conditioned from birth that you were racially, culturally, and religiously superior and the only ones with a biblical right to inherit Jerusalem, if you were taught that you were simply the victim throughout the attrocities of history and learned nothing from them then perhaps you too would respond …with audacity, arrogance, and a marked disdain for non-jewish human life.”
-- Viva Palestina, April 1, 2009

  • “Any human that can find fault in the resisters of the occupation is clearly under the spell of the Jewish Media Machine which… also controls government and can impede free speech but not stop it.”
-- Viva Palestina, April 1, 2009
  • “I don’t know much about the Philistines, but I have a bone to pick with the Jews, I mean, the State of Israel.”
-- Students for Justice in Palestine - University of Pittsburgh, August 26, 2006

For more examples of the offensive anti-Semitic rhetoric found on anti-Israel Facebook groups, and an in-depth analysis of how anti-Israel groups use Facebook to bolster the movement, see

Anti-Israel Groups on Facebook: A Forum for Anti-Semitism and an Important Tool for the Movement

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