2009-01-02

Open Antisemitism 2.0

I refused to write about it for a long time, was prefering to observe from distance. However today i got to a point where i can’t keep silent. Minekey.com is a multinational discussion community in which people from all over the world meet and exchange their different point of views. This can be very enjoyable and even can open your eyes to some stereotypes and disinformations. However since month there are people who spread opinions that contains hatred, antisemitism and antizionism in it’s pure form.

What is antisemitism?

Zionism on the Web posted a list of very well accepted examples of antisemitism in the daily life as well in discussions about israel:

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    • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.

    • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective - such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

    • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non Jews.

    • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

    • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

    • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.




Related to Israel there come some more points:

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    • Denying the Jewish people their right to self determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.

    • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

    • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.

    • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

    • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.




What is Antizionism?

There might be voices saying antisemitism is the same as antizionism. However i think there should be a distinction because not all Jews are and were in the history zionists or living in Israel. So antizionism therefore is basicly related to Israel and its people.

Following arguments are generally used by antizionists. Source is the same as the one above.

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    • I'm against Zionists not Jews

    • Zionism = Racism

    • Zionism & Racism defined

    • Zionism = Nazism

    • Zionism = Apartheid

    • Israel an Apartheid State

    • Zionism = Imperialism

    • Zionism Control the Media

    • Zionism Control the Banks

    • Zionism Control America

    • Zionists call criticism Antisemitism

    • Zionism causes Antisemitism

    • Zionism causes Islamophobia

    • Zionism Denys Free Speech

    • Zionists want to take over the world

    • Next you'll say I'm racists!




Examples of Antisemitism and Antizonism on minekey

As follow I wana give some examples of antizionism and antisemitism on minekey and then wana give some suggestions how to solve the problem.

Following opinions content typical antisemitic themes:

And as follow some examples of antizionistic opinions:

Suggestions and Preventions of antisemitism and antizionism on minekey

I am aware that removing such content wouldn’t stop people posting antisemitic and antizionistic opinions and comments. It is sure that additionally education needs to be done in order to clear up what is considered to be antisemitic and what is considered to be antizionistic according to a wide spread scientific and political definiton. Organisations like the Antidefamation League who is also official partner of Youtube in the Google Anti-Cyberbully-Programme could help minekey educators to receive professional education and awareness programms and materials as well could assist minekey to recognize hatred, antisemitism and antizionism on it’s content plattform.

I allready contacted minekey moderation team to bring this issue on the front, however didn’t received any reply yet. Aditionally I created a facebook group that aim it is to collect antisemitic and antizionistic opinions and comments. I messaged minekey as well about this group.