Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Facebook Chief Shtum Regarding Its Toleration Of Holocaust Denial

Although one of Facebook's terms of service is "You will not post content that: is hateful ...," the social networking site has for some years (the alarm was first sounded in 2008) tolerated groups and pages dedicated to the sick phenomenon of Holocaust denial, and as I noted at the time, recently explained this stance following complaints from a group of Holocaust survivors:
"We think that there is a meaningful difference between advocating violence against a group of people and expressing an opinion on a policy, set of beliefs, or historical event."
At a meeting of the Online Antisemitism Working Group in Jerusalem last month, the issue (first raised by the Working Group two years ago) was discussed via video link with a senior executive of Facebook, who frustratingly confirmed the company line. This resulted in a letter being sent on 12 July to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg by the co-chairmen of the Working Group, Winnipeg-based lawyer David Matas and Melbourne-based academic Dr Andre Oboler:
"We call on Facebook to abandon its insistence on treating Holocaust denial in a context-free manner, in which it is considered nothing more than the rejection of a historical event. The context makes it clear that there is no meaningful distinction between Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred against Jews … We ask that Facebook recognize Holocaust denial as a form of hate speech, issue a statement to this effect, and do its utmost to remove Holocaust denial from the Facebook platform."

Zuckerberg has not responded, and Oboler reportedly speculates that perhaps Zuckerberg and his fellow Jewish executives are "bending too far in the other direction to let everybody know that they support free speech".
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  1. Zuckerberg openly says that he is not Jewish and has no religion. Apparently he does not understand what being Jewish is all about. Perhaps he is bending over backwards not because he is so concerned about freedom of speech but to prove that he is not Jewish and resents when we remind him that idea he is and will always be considered a Jew.