General Antisemitism

CiF Watch anniversary essay, published by The Propagandist


This is a guest post by Hadar Sela

A year ago a blog named CiF Watch was launched, its mission being to monitor and expose anti-Semitism on the Guardian newspaper’s ‘Comment is Free’ website.  It was born out of the frustration of ordinary people who were tired of writing unanswered letters of complaint and dissatisfied that their attempts to counter above and below the line bias and anti-Semitism were often deleted by the site’s moderators.

This unaffiliated, unfunded, diverse group of people was motivated to join forces and move from the defensive to the pro-active not only by the fact that a respectable mainstream media outlet was providing a platform where anti-Semitic hate speech thrived and multiplied to the point that the public vilification of Jews and Israel had become acceptable, but also out of an understanding that a society which allows hate speech against Jews will sooner or later turn on other minority groups as well.

Although CiF is one of the worst offenders, it is by no means the only mainstream media on-line news outlet failing to take responsibility for hate-speech in its domain. Social media such as Facebook, You Tube and numerous political blogs often suffer from the same malaise. With the advent of Web 2.0 communication across international boundaries has never been easier or quicker, and the promotion of anti-Semitism as a socially acceptable stand point and a means of delegitimizing Israel can therefore be utilized by anti-Zionist organizations.

See the rest of the essay, here.

6 replies »

  1. ItsikDeWembley

    The French find it hard to face their capitulation in WWII and their shame in increasing the Shoah. A lot of them blame Britain for not saving them in 1940.

  2. Ariadne,

    My wife, a proud breton from Nantes, wasn’t taught much about France’s involvement but rather more about the resistance.

    When walking around Penesta beaches last week end (we had a long week end so we popped over from London to Nantes) I saw (like so many times before) the huge numbers of German bunkers which were either sealed off or left untouched.

    No sign or plack to tell their story.

    Even the bigger ones next to normandy are all left untouched in a very eery silence and the crushing of the waves against the cliffs they over look.

    I believe the film will do good for France as a whole.
    They need to come to terms with what they did.