Min­is­ter’s Youtube vic­tory

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

THE VIDEO-SHAR­ING site Youtube has closed the ac­count of a user who posted an­ti­semitic clips at­tack­ing the Ir­ish Jus­tice Min­is­ter.

Alan Shat­ter, the only Jewish mem­ber of Ire­land’s lower house of par­lia­ment — Dáil Éire­ann — asked po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate. One video claimed he was a “Jewish na­tion-wrecker” who was “de­stroy­ing Ire­land”.

He has pre­vi­ously been the tar­get of abuse be­cause of his Jewish back­ground.

The video opened with an im­age of Mr Shat­ter su­per­im­posed on an Is­raeli flag, and claimed that the politi­cian was a “Zion­ist and Is­raeli agent”.

Mr Shat­ter re­ported this and a sec­ond video ti­tled “The Jews de­stroy­ing Ire­land” to po­lice last week. Of­fi­cers con­tacted Google, which owns Youtube, and they were re­moved.

The first video stated: “Since be­com­ing min­is­ter for jus­tice and de­fence, this Jew has been shat­ter­ing the na­tion with pol­icy de­signed to de­con­struct our eth­nic and cul­tural iden­tity.”

The images were set to back­ground mu­sic, in­clud­ing Hava Nag­ila. The video was posted in Jan­uary by a user un­der the name “Éire­an­nach agus bródúil” – “Proud to be Ir­ish”. 1,200 peo­ple viewed it be­fore the ac­count was closed.

Mr Shat­ter was also ac­cused in the video of fast-track­ing bo­gus asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions and of run­ning “anti-ir­ish” schemes, in­clud­ing one which aimed to turn the coun­try into a “Balka­nised mul­tira­cial dystopia”.

Posted in Jan­uary, the video claimed he was a “snake”, who was part of an in­ter­na­tional bank­ing net­work with his “fel­low tribes­men”.

It ended with a claim that when he had fin­ished “de­stroy­ing” Ire­land he could “f*** off back to…live in the Jewish state for Jewish peo­ple”.

The s e c ond v i deo, up­loaded last week, showed Mr Shat­ter and played sin­is­ter mu­sic with the caption: “this is the Jew who is now in con­trol of Ire­land’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy”.

It also fea­tured Is­raeli aca­demic Ronit Lentin, who is head of so­ci­ol­ogy at Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin, and at­tacked the Ir­ish gov­ern­ment’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

One com­ment posted on the clip ref­ered to Dr Lentin as “rat-faced ver­min” and an­other con­grat­u­lated the video­maker: “Top vid. An­other eye-opener.”

Dr Lentin said: “It’s not the first time these videos have ap­peared. In the past my col­lege has stepped in and had an­other video taken down, but it soon reap­peared. “One time it was a neoNazi group which made the clip. My men­tal­ity would be to ig­nore it, but I am pleased Mr Shat­ter re­ported it to the po­lice.

“It’s very up­set­ting. He has shown me a thick file of abuse he has re­ceived. It’s pure an­tisemitism.

“Ihave­hadthreat­en­ing let­ters sent to my home ad­dress, but they will not in­tim­i­date me.” A spokes­woman for Mr Shat­ter said the videos wereof“subs t a n t i a l con­cern”.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Alan Shat­ter

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