B’nai Brith Canada bewails “web-based anti-Semitism”

One may wonder why so many people would bother to complain to B’nai Brith when the police are the ones empowered to prosecute illegal acts. And, what criteria does B’nai Brith use to evaluate anti-Semitic and hateful acts? Is a full enquiry made in each case, or is simple receipt of a phone call sufficient to up the statistics?
It is an improvement of sorts to see that such ‘incidents’ are now being referred to as “hate” rather than “hate-crimes”, as for a crime to have been committed, it is first necessary that charges be laid and a conviction obtained.

Then again, this still leaves us with B’nai Brith’s definitions of “hate” and “anti-Semitism”. The two are inextricably linked, and it has been suggested that while the term “anti-Semitic” used to mean someone who doesn’t like Jews, it is now used to refer to someone the Jews don’t like; it is used liberally as a general-purpose smear against anyone critical of Israel.

B’nai Brith’s Anti-Defamation League has fallen afoul of the law in the United States, being sued by a variety of diverse groups for illegal information gathering and the maintenance of files on targeted individuals. The ADL settled out of court in 1999, and according to Wikipedia, “The ADL agreed to pay $175,000 for the court costs of the groups that sued it, promised that it would not seek information from sources it knew could not legally disclose such information, consented to remove sensitive information like criminal records or Social Security Numbers from its files, and spent $25,000 to further relations between the Jewish, Arab and black communities.

“When the case was settled, Hussein Ibish, director of communications for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), claimed that the ADL had gathered data “systematically in a program whose clear intent was to undermine civil rights and Arab-American organizations”.

It seems to me that B’nai Brith is far more concerned with protecting and promoting Israel’s image, and with smearing and marginalizing Israel’s critics, than it is with any meaningful commitment to free speech and fair play.

It also promotes principles and a way of life which are objectionable to many; according to B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO Frank Dimant in the article below “This kind of hatred is infectious and insidious…It destroys the very fabric of Canada’s multicultural society, and those that would deny its gravity are part of the problem.”

I wasn’t born into a “multicultural society”, I never asked for a “multicultural society”, and I don’t want to live in a “multicultural society”.

And if that makes me a “hater” then so be it.

Jeff Goodall.

Hate on the internet is growing

Toronto Sun: Terry Davidson, April 12th, 2011

Web-based anti-Semitism is the latest — and arguably the most dangerous — tool now used for the spread of hatred and bigotry, said officials from B’nai Brith Canada on Monday.

The Jewish organization received 564 complaints of hate on the Internet in 2010 up from 435 reports a year earlier, and 405 received in 2008.

The web can provide anonymity for those spreading anti-Semitism and is a dangerous vehicle that can reach huge numbers of people all over the world, said Anita Bromberg, national director of legal affairs for B’nai Brith Canada.

“Hate can find its way into the private life of an adult and student and can come from anywhere,” Bromberg said.

Anti-Semitism can be spread via websites, blogs and social-media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, she said. It can also be spread through text messages and e-mail.

A complaint was lodged with B’nai Brith in May 2010 against a website that listed and accused various rabbis and community leaders of being child molesters. That same month, a Montreal resident allegedly began posting anti-Semitic videos on the Internet.

“This kind of hatred is infectious and insidious,” said Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith. “It destroys the very fabric of Canada’s multicultural society, and those that would deny its gravity are part of the problem.”

See original here.

See also Wikipedia’s “ADL Files Controversy” entry here.

And “Hate-crimes overkill” here.

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