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Internet Antisemitism


Dr Andre Oboler, Director of the Community Internet Engagement Project at the Zionist Federation of Australia explains the problem of Internet based antisemitism.

Dr Andre Oboler, Director of the Community Internet Engagement Project at the Zionist Federation of Australia explains the problem of Internet based antisemitism.

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  • In Australia we have a special unit combating internet antisemitism. It is called the Community Internet Engagement Project (C.I.E.) and is run by Dr Andre Oboler who is also co-chair of the working group on online antisemitism for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism and an expert advisor on the Internet Hate working group of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.
  • This report looks at four issue: Why we must focus on the internet as a key battle ground in the fight against antisemitism. What sort of problems we are facing. What sort of responses the team at C.I.E. have been working on. Finally, how people, like ourselves, can help.
  • Most people are now getting news and information through search engines and web 2.0 sites like Facebook, Youtube, Wikipedia, Blogs and Twitter. If these sites spread antisemitism or help it become prominent we have a serious problem.
  • The search engines can give more attention to hate and lies than to truth. Last week Google announced changes to its algorithm to stop this sort of behaviour when it was done for commercial reasons, but nothing is done about manipulation to spread antisemitism and other forms of hate.
  • This is a search for apartheid. Page 3 of the search has content promoting propaganda which demonizes the Jewish state. Demonization is a form of antisemitism. Once it was about Jews with horns, literally showing them as the devil. Now Apartheid is this generation’s evil, so of course the Jews must be shown of being guilty of apartheid.
  • This is a search for Zionism. Page 4 of the search has content which deniedthe Jewish right to self determination. This too is a form of antisemitism, denying Jews human rights. The same rights all other people have.
  • Virtual worlds like second life are also used to spread messages of antisemitism.
  • See how in the picture trivialize the Holocaust and demonize Israel by putting side by side pictures of Palestinians and famous pictures from the Holocaust? This propaganda aims to suggest that the Holocaust was only as bad as the treatment of Palestinians, or put another way, that Palestinians are treated by Israel just as Jews were treated by the Nazis.
  • The Boycott campaign is also promoted!
  • YouTube is also used for antisemitism
  • This user’s profile actually says Jews should be killed.
  • This video suggests the Jews control the world
  • And this one suggests that the blood libel is true!
  • What about this comment on YouTube? Even more scary is the fact that these are the highest rated comments by other users!
  • Facebook too is used for antisemitism.
  • In fact, the official policy by Facebook was that Holocaust denial was not hateful content so they wouldn’t remove it. Now they are removing it, but they haven’t publically made a statement saying they were wrong and that it will now be removed.This group says it is not antisemitic, it just about show how the Holocaust is “highly debateable”.
  • Here’s another one. Both these groups have been removed now.
  • The C.I.E. Team now run Second Life Israel, and if more funds are found, can expand it to include education materials. Even a virtual YadVashem is possible eventually.
  • The research and publications from the C.I.E. Team were a key factor is getting Facebook to start removing Holocaust denial and other antisemitic material
  • CIE’s director worked with the Anti-Defamation Commission in Australia to develop a program to teach Jewish students how to identify and respond to internet based antisemitism
  • The program has 5 lessons and educates students on classic antisemitism as well as how it can be identified in modern settings
  • CIE have also pushed the agenda on the online antisemitism issue internationally
  • Presentations were given in Australia, Israel, Europe, and North America. These included main stream media coverage and presentations to members of Parliament.
  • A number of new publications were also written on online antisemitism and you can download most of them for free if you are interested.
  • CIE have also pushed the agenda on the online antisemitism issue internationally
  • CIE have also pushed the agenda on the online antisemitism issue internationally


  • 1. Online Antisemitism
    Prepared by Dr Andre Oboler,
    Director, Community Internet Engagement Project
    Zionist Federation of Australia
    Prepared: January 2011
    © Andre Oboler, 2010. No part of this presentation may be altered or reused in other material without permission. The complete presentation may be presented as needed.
  • 2. Outline
    Why online matters
    Examples of antisemitism online
    Our work combating this antisemitism
    How people can help us
    The Internet
    Hate and Propaganda
    How to help
  • 3. Most popular 10 websites
    The Internet
  • 4. Audience size
    Top 10 US newspapers by circulation:
    USA Today: 2,293,137
    Wall Street Journal: 2,011,882
    New York Times: 1,037,828
    Los Angeles Times: 794,705
    New York Daily News: 681,415
    New York Post: 667,119
    The Washington Post: 635,087
    Chicago Tribune: 559,404
    Houston Chronicle: 502,631
    Newsday: 387,503
    As at Nov 2010
    1,517 Mil
    600 Mil
    The Internet
    All together the top 10 newspapers reach an audience that is less than 1%of YouTube’s users.
    © Andre Oboler, 2010. Not to be reproduced without permission.
  • 5. Search Engines as Propaganda tools
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 6. A Google Search
    Promotion of antisemitic propaganda which demonizes the Jewish state.
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 7. A Google Search
    Promotion of antisemitic propaganda which denied the Jewish right to self determination.
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 8. Antisemitism in Virtual Worlds
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 9. In Second Life Anti-Israel & Holocaust Trivialisation
    Hate and Propaganda
    Second Life , June 2010
    CIE Archives
  • 10. In Second LifeThe Virtual Boycott Israel Campaign
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 11. Antisemitism in YouTube
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 12. Hate and Propaganda
    Captured 28/2/2010
    Still active 22/11/2010
    (now at 114 members)
  • 13. Click Against Hate
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 14. Click Against Hate
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 15. Hate and Propaganda
  • 16. Antisemitism in Facebook
    Hate and Propaganda
  • 17. Hate and Propaganda
  • 18. Hate and Propaganda
    20th Century Myth
  • 19. Antisemitism in Virtual Worlds
  • 20. We are now running Second Life Israel
    A social, education and friendly virtual Israel environment
    We can counter some of the problems with positive messages and education
    We can also use it for other proactive activities
  • 21. Antisemitism in Facebook
  • 22. Holocaust Denial
    After a long campaign and a number of research papers, articles and international talks on the topic, Facebook changed their actions and in off the record conversations changed their policy.
    We’re still pushing for them to go on record stating the Holocaust denial IS hate and not a free speech issue.
    In practise, in 2011, Holocaust denial seems to be increasing on Facebook. This follows a drop in the last half of 2010, likely in response to our research and resulting pressure from the media.
  • 23. Educational Work
  • 24. Click Against Hate
    An ADC project, created by Andre ObolerThis is a program to teach Jewish students how to identify and respond to internet based antisemitism
  • 25. Click Against Hate
    Session 1: Online Safety
    Understanding the risks, Securing Facebook
    Session 2: Background on antisemitism
    [EMUC Definition, 3 D’s, reuses of classic antisemitism]
    Session 3: Media Awareness
    Media Framing, [Jenin Massacre, Muhammad al-Durrah]
    Session 4: Research and Credible Sites
    Recognising credible sites, big lies, propaganda [Holocaust denial]
    Session 5: Online Debate and Ethics
    Media ethics, Persuasive argumentation online [Al-Durrah]
  • 26. Representations andPublications
  • 27. International
    Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism (Israel)
    Co-Chair Online Antisemitism Working Group
    Helped organise WUJS Congress on the theme of internet engagement
    Italian Parliament (Italy, Romania, UK)
    Hearing into online antisemitism
    TV, public lecture, etc
    Met with Ambs Tim Fischer and Amanda Vanstone , and Vatican officials
    Presentations in Romania and meetings in UK (CST, Embassy etc)
    ROI Conference (Israel)
    Present, met internet innovators etc
    Met with government and organisational leaders
    Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (Canada)
    Presented for Internet Antisemitism Working Group
    Also presented on campus in Ottawa, ran a training session for Hillel staff in Toronto, and met with community leaders
  • 28. Research & Publications
    Research Papers
    Andre Oboler, Time to Regulate Internet Hate with a New Approach? (2010) 13 Internet Law Bulletin
    Andre Oboler, Gerald Steinberg and Raphael Stern, The Framing of Political NGOs in Wikipedia through Criticism Elimination, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 7(4), 2010
    Andre Oboler, "Online Antisemitism 2.0 and Social Acceptability" in Eunice Pollack (Ed), Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present, Academic Studies Press, 2010
    Andre Oboler, Under attack in a virtual world, PresenTense Magazine, February 2010
    Andre Oboler and David Matas (Co-Chairs), Report: Working Group 3 - Antisemitism Online: Cyberspace and the Media, the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, December 2009, Jerusalem.
    Opinion Articles / Blogs
    Andre Oboler, Government a welcome presence in cyber regulation, Australian Jewish News, 7/5/10
    Andre Oboler, New media need a new approach to anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 28/4/10
    Andre Oboler, Remarks to the Italian Parliament, Hearing into Online Antisemitism, 22/4/10
    Andre Oboler, Possibility of policing the internet?, The Australian Jewish News, 12/3/10
    Andre Oboler, The iFascists, Blog Central at the Jerusalem Post, 2/2/10
    TV Interview
    RAI UNO Breakfast show (Italy)
    IAB News (Israel)
    Articles Quoting CIE / Andre Oboler as an expert source
    16 in total
    Publications are available at
  • 29. How to help
    How to help
  • 30. How to help
    Visit www.internetengagement.com.au
    Join our mailing list
    Become a fan of our Facebook page
    Donations (large or small) are most welcome
    Offers of assistance with translation welcome
    We are also happy speaking to the media on any issues related to online hate
    How to help