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May 22, 2014

Sports Discussions Marred By Hate On Twitter

After Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid in the Euroleague final on Sunday over 18,000 anti-Semitic messages were posted on Twitter in an outpouring of hatred against Jews.twitter-spain-hate

Twitter users created the hashtag “#putosjudios” (“#fuckingjews”) to spread their anti-Semitic messages in real time via Twitter. Among the anti-Jewish tweets posted in reaction to Real Madrid’s loss were.

  • “Jews to the gas chamber. Go Madrid.”
  • “Fucking Jews. This would not have happened with Hitler.”
  • “Maccabi will shower after the game…But in the gas chamber, I hope.”
  • “Now I understand Hitler and his hate for the Jews.”

Several Jewish and anti-racism organizations in Spain filed a criminal complaint against five identified Twitter users for incitement to hatred, defamation and glorification of terrorism.

In July 2013 in the U.S., Twitter was misused for similar purposes after Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended from Major League Baseball for the season for using performance enhancing drugs. Responses on Twitter included “Ryan Braun is a lying Jew!!! #kike” and “leave it to a jew to cheat the system, deceive people, then tarnish other’s reputations. Fuck you asshole.”

Jews are not the only targets when bigots take to Twitter to express their views. ADL spoke out earlier this month when racially-motivated comments flooded Twitter soon after Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who happens to be Black Canadian, scored the game-winning goal in a National Hockey League playoff game against the Boston Bruins.

Such online hate underscores the critical need for education on anti-Semitism and bigotry. A recent global poll on anti-Semitism conducted by ADL revealed that 29% of people in Spain hold anti-Semitic attitudes and 48% of them think Jews talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust. In the U.S. the respective numbers were 9% and 22%.

ADL ardently sup­ports the right to free speech and advocates for strong terms of ser­vice or com­mu­nity stan­dards that address aggres­sive or mali­cious behav­ior online. Twit­ter does not pro­vide even the most basic “Flag­ging” mech­a­nism for com­plaints which is widely used on the expe­ri­enced plat­forms run by Google and Facebook.

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April 10, 2014

Egyptian Government Website Includes Arabic Copy Of The Protocols


Introduction page to the Protocols on the SIS website

An Arabic copy of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is available on the Egyptian government’s State Information Service (SIS) website.

The website is described as “Your gateway to Egypt” and is affiliated with the office of the President. “Egypt State Information Service is the nation’s ‎main informational, awareness and public relations agency. The SIS website was launched in 2009 and on 6/9/2012 a decree was issued to transfer the affiliation of (SIS) from the Ministry of Information to the Presidency of the Republic,” a statement on the website reads in part.  It is unclear when this PDF copy of the Protocols was posted to the SIS website

The book is an Arabic translation of the original Protocols by an Egyptian writer, Abbas el-Akkad. The book first appeared in the early 1960s and includes a warning to the reader that the Jews will fight this book anywhere it appears.

The website offers other publications and articles on Egypt’s culture, history and politics organized by sections. The Protocols, however, is available on the website without any classification or editorial language and can be accessed via a direct link or through a traditional search engine.

While anti-Semitism themes are not new in Egypt or to its elected officials, a government website providing access to the Protocols is a troubling reminder of just how steeped these narratives are in Egyptian society.

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January 15, 2014

Chilean Soccer Used As A Platform For Anti-Semitism, Discrimination And Politics

Chilean soccer authorities and FIFA officials have remained silent after reports of the highly politicized and unsportsmanlike conduct of the entire Chilean El Palestino soccer club. el-palestino-jersey-map-of palestine

The team, which is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Soccer in Chile, replaced their standard uniform with jerseys imprinted with the outline of what they see as the map of “Palestine” in place of numerals. The imprinted map of “Palestine” includes the territory that is the state of Israel.

El Palestino team, by using these jerseys in games on January 4, January 11 and again on January 13, 2014, has been voicing the long-held vicious Palestinian propaganda against the very legitimacy and existence of the state of Israel.

In the January 11 game, El Palestino fans cheered their team for their bold political message and some spectators in the stadium even displayed anti-Semitic flags equating a swastika with the Star of David. swastika-el-palestino-chile-match

FIFA regulations clearly require that, “the team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment contains political, religious or personal slogans or statements will be sanctioned by the competition organizer or by FIFA.”  Additionally, Articles 14 and 23 of the FIFA code of Ethics clearly require teams and players to “remain politically neutral” and to refrain from offending “the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.”

Soccer, or “futbol”, is Latin America’s most popular sport.  The El Palestino team’s actions remain unchallenged while they play in Chile’s first division; soccer authorities in Chile and internationally need to enforce regulations to prevent further incidents.



Fútbol en Chile: Una plataforma para la discriminación y la política

Las autoridades de fútbol de Chile y funcionarios de la FIFA se han mantenido en silencio después de informes sobre la conducta altamente politizada y antideportiva de todo el club de fútbol chileno El Palestino. El equipo, que está afiliado a la Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Chile, reemplazó su uniforme estándar con camisetas impresas con el esbozo de lo que ellos ven como el mapa de “Palestina” en lugar de números. El mapa de “Palestina” impreso incluye el territorio del Estado de Israel. El equipo El Palestino, al utilizar estas camisetas en los partidos del 4 de enero, del 11 de enero y otra vez del 13 de enero de 2014, está articulando la viciosa y antigua propaganda palestina contra la legitimidad y existencia del estado de Israel.

En el juego del 11 de enero, seguidores de El Palestino glorificaron a su equipo por su audaz mensaje político y algunos espectadores en desde las galerías del estadio incluso sacaron banderas antisemitas equiparando la esvástica con la Estrella de David.

Reglamentos de la FIFA establecen claramente que, “el organizador de la competición o la FIFA sancionará al equipo de un jugador cuyo equipamiento básico obligatorio tenga mensajes políticos, religiosos o personales”. Además, los artículos 14 y 23 del Código Ético de la FIFA claramente requieren que los equipos y los jugadores “mantengan una posición política neutral” y que se abstengan de ofender “la dignidad o integridad de un país, de una persona o de un grupo de personas mediante palabras o acciones despectivas, discriminatorias o denigrantes, por razón de su raza, color de piel, etnia, origen nacional o social, genero, idioma, religión, posicionamiento político o de otra índole, poder adquisitivo, lugar de nacimiento o procedencia, orientación sexual o cualquier otro motivo”.

El Fútbol es el deporte más popular de América Latina. El equipo El Palestino continuará con sus acciones mientras juegue otros partidos de la primera división chilena a menos que las autoridades de fútbol de Chile como a nivel internacional hagan cumplir las normas y regulaciones para evitar nuevos incidentes.



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