‘Grossly of­fen­sive’ web­site at­tacked by Jewish leaders

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - By RoByn Rosen

US-bASed web­Site which lists thou­sands of Jewish names and aims to “progress” an­tisemitism has caused out­rage among Jewish leaders.

the web­site, called Un­cle Semite, states that its aims are to move the “rhetor­i­cal, knee-jerk an­tisemitism of the past to­wards a pro­gres­sive, green ‘un­cle-Semitism’, rel­e­vant in our time”.

in a sec­tion called S***ler’s List, the creators of the site have listed more than 220,000 names which were orig­i­nally pub­lished as an on­line pe­ti­tion against an­other an­ti­semitic web­site, JewWatch.com.

the orig­i­nal pe­ti­tion, en­ti­tled “Re­move JewWatch.com from the

Google search en­gine”, was set up in 2004 when it be­came clear that a search for the word “Jew” on Google re­turned Jew watch as its first re­sult.

the new site de­scribes the list as a “cat­a­logue of Jewish names” and claims its 19 vol­umes are a way for peo­ple to know if some­one is Jewish, even if their name is not “ob­vi­ously” Jewish­sound­ing.

il­lus­tra­tor Natalie Fer­s­tendik ac­ci­den­tally came across the site re­cently. “i re­alised i was on this list,” she said. “i felt quite sick­ened. i looked through and was hor­ri­fied by what i saw.” Other pages on the web­site in­clude im­ages of the Auschwitz death camp, anti-is­rael anec­dotes and a sec­tion called wej is­sue, which lists sev­eral high-rank­ing Jews in the Repub­li­can party.

A spokesman from the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity trust (CSt) said: “this is a grossly of­fen­sive web­site that typ­i­fies all the worst ways in which the in­ter­net is used to spread ha­tred and poi­son peo­ple’s minds.

“the CSt works with nu­mer­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions that specif­i­cally re­search and lobby against web-based ha­tred. we will raise this web­site in our meet­ings and try to en­sure that action is taken as swiftly as pos­si­ble.”

Jon ben­jamin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the board of deputies, warned peo­ple to be care­ful when sign­ing on­line pe­ti­tions.

He said: “Peo­ple should take par­tic­u­lar care when cir­cu­lat­ing or sign­ing up to pe­ti­tions or votes when they are not cer­tain that the source is rep­utable. Some­times the web ad­dress bears no re­la­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion that is pur­port­ing to be be­hind the cir­cu­lar.”

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