Jewish Journal


December 21, 2008

No place for hate on JewishJournal.com



As news of the Madoff scandal ripples across the WWW, haters of various stripes are rejoicing.

Neo-Nazis, Holocaust revisionists, Jews for Jesus, ‘white’ supremacists and other anti-Semites are gleefully filling blogs and Web sites with their garbage, or zevel as one poster here put it in Hebrew.

Here’s what the ADL says:

The arrest of a Jewish businessman whose alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme drained the finances of private investors, philanthropic foundations and banks has prompted an outpouring of anti-Semitic comments on mainstream and extremist Web sites.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that the public comment sections of highly trafficked news sites, blogs, and financial message boards that have featured material on the scandal surrounding Bernard Madoff and his investment firm are filled with anti-Semitic comments, mostly from anonymous users.

Site users have posted comments ranging from deeply offensive stereotypical statements about Jews and money—with some suggesting that only Jews could perpetrate a fraud on such a scale—to conspiracy theories about Jews stealing money to benefit Israel.  These and other anti-Jewish tropes have appeared on popular blogs devoted to finance, in comment sections of mainstream news outlets and in banter among users of Internet discussion groups.

“Jews are always a convenient scapegoat in times of crisis, but the Madoff scandal and the fact that so many of the defrauded investors are Jewish has created a perfect storm for the anti-Semites,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “Nowadays, the first place Jew-haters will go is to the Internet, where they can give voice to their hateful ideas without fear of repercussions.”

I will not tolerate zevel like this here. 

Hateful blog comments (and posts with personal attacks and/or profanity) will be immediately deleted and persistent offenders will be banned without notice and without recourse.

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