Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Facebook Removes Page Following Complaint about Antisemitism

On April 6, 2013, Facebook removed a page featuring antisemitic content, including a photo of murdered Jews in a mass grave at Bergen-Belsen, with the caption "Lazy Jews – Look at them just lying there doing nothing." The page was removed in response to a formal complaint lodged by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). Facebook’s decision was pending concerning another 15 pages about which the council has complained. Peter Wertheim, executive director of ECAJ, said: "The Jewish memes page not only represents a slur on all Jews, as Jews, but also subtly seeks to justify and therefore incite violence against them.” The webpage violates Australia's Racial Discrimination Act and Facebook’s terms of service against hate speech, he added.

Sources: jta.org, 7-Apr-2013; antisemitism.org.il, 8-Apr-2013