March 15, 2014
The Anti-Defamation League’s still highly-active outgoing chief, Abe Foxman, is presently flipping out over Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to remove Antisemitic materials, including exposure of the Jewish practice of Satanic Ritual Murder, from Facebook.
Abe writes for CNET:
We recognize that the Internet and social media are so successful because they provide the ultimate platforms for the global exchange of ideas. At the same time, they should not be platforms for hate.
This is particularly the case when corporations like Facebook, as moderators of virtual communities where young people frequently “congregate,” already have rules in place to guard against bias-motivated attacks and cyberbullying. Regardless of how narrowly they are going to define hate speech, they need to have policies that allow them to exercise discretion in egregious cases such as this.
The “blood libel” refers to a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians (especially Christian children) to use their blood for religious ritual purposes such as an ingredient in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). This myth — also sometimes called the “ritual murder charge” — dates back to the Middle Ages, It has persisted despite Jewish denials and official repudiations by the Catholic Church and many secular authorities.
The blood libel also has modern-day currency in the Arab world, where some television programs have used it as a plot line and editorial cartoonists have evoked it in their efforts to foment hatred of the Jewish people.
In truth, and it should be obvious, accusing Jews of ritual murder is a far greater attack on Jews than calling them kikes or other names. It has led to mob violence and pogroms, and has on occasion even led to the decimation of entire Jewish communities. And the libel is alive and well in today’s world.
We do not believe that Facebook intends to send a message that it is insensitive to the enormous harm the blood libel has caused throughout Jewish history. The easiest way for the company to make that clear would be to exercise the discretion it certainly has to remove the page.
I am not sure why Facebook is so hesitant to remove Antisemitic material. I had always assumed that they just didn’t care enough to bother with it – which makes sense – but to have Foxman putting direct pressure on them and then saying no – this is actually exerting energy in order to keep the pages up.
Zuckerberg, with his Asian wife, is a self-hating Jew though. Maybe that is the answer.
Or maybe he just thinks it’s funny.
It is important to remember that Jews are very weird people, and you aren’t really going to be able to understand their behavior a lot of the time.
Anyway, I can’t see any downside to hardcore Antisemitism remaining on Facebook.