Israeli “Death to Arabs” Facebook group

Posted: May 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: media, racism, The Right | Tags: , , , , | 23 Comments »

Journalist Dimi Reider came across this Israeli Facebook group called “Death to Arabs” (UPDATE: the group has been deleted, probably by Facebook). Take a look (click on the picture to see it in full size):

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The messages posted on the group’s homepage are calling for the killing of Arabs and Leftists. There is a debate amongst the group members, on whether all Arabs should be killed, or only some, while the rest should be deported. The photos uploaded to the group show the late racist Rabbi Meir Kahana and a small Meretz demonstration.

The important thing here is not that there are some several hundred racists in Israel, who wish to see the Arabs gone. We always had those – Kahana followers, transfer supporters, etc. The thing is that these people are not just scribbling graffiti in the dark anymore. They are registered to a public group, with their name and their picture, where all their friends can see them (for those of you who don’t use Facebook – when someone joins a group on the site, all his friends get notified. In this case, they will all see some sort of statues line, declaring that “X has joined the group ‘Death to Arabs’”). The people on this group don’t think that they need to hide. They don’t think that there is anything wrong with racism, hate-talk or incitement. In fact, they are rather proud of it.

The group looks as though it is five months old. It currently has 2,165 members. It seems that most of them are minors – your normal Israeli teens. Soon they will join the army.

UPDATE II: I believe in tough moderating: in Facebook, news sites, and here as well. I’ve been getting some extreme comments to this post. Please respect my discussion policy.