Jewish Journal


August 7, 2007

E-mail gives Jews the ‘Heebie Jeebies’


An anti-Semitic Web site is first on Google when you search for ‘Jew,’ and e-mail about the issue is making the rounds again.

Two people here at JewishJournal.com got the e-mail last week and both asked me what was up.  I told them not to worry, it was old news (from 2004), not to get the ‘Heebie Jeebies.’

The Heebie Jeebies—1932—the Boswell Sisters

But it really was new to them, so I thought some of you guys might want to learn more too.

Here’s some background from the Anti-Defamation League and the response from Google.

The gist: We know about it,  we’re working on it, there’s not much we can do about it. Please stand by.

The hate site everyone writes about is only the tip of the iceberg. The Web is filled with everything imaginable (both good and bad), and some things unimaginable.

Sometimes it seems to me there are people (robots?) who do nothing but post hate and propaganda to message boards all day long, all week, like it’s a full time job to blame the Mossad for 9/11 or berate the ‘Jew World Order’ for everything from Communism to Capitalism.

The hate on the venerable Yahoo! News message boards caused Y! (disclosure:  I once worked there) to close down their message boards entirely.

The videos I see every night when I cruise YouTube.com are a swamp of hate.

What to do?

My response is to “represent”—the more I see that bad stuff, the more I want to put the good stuff up on the Internets.

That’s the reason I started our JewishJournal.com YouTube Channel. Positive, fun, interesting videos.  Rabbis, rockers, rebels. 

No hate.  No anti-anything.  Just the wild wonderful world of Jews,  Judios, and Yehudim.

Tell your friends.

—Dennis Wilen

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