Facebook page decries 'Jewish invasion'

384 "Likes" posted already by members of social networking site.

August 4, 2010 12:28
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The photo of the Facebook page "The Jewish invasion of midleton."

311_facebook antisemtism. (photo credit: Screenshot.)

A Facebook page noting the increased presence of Orthodox Jews in the Irish town of Midleton appeared online earlier this week, using words and images that could easily be construed as anti-Semitic.

The page titled "The invasion of Jews in Midleton" has already received 384 "Likes" from members of the popular social networking site.

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Midleton is a town 22km east of the Irish city of Cork, which has had a Jewish population since a wave of immigrants arrived in the late 19th century from Eastern Europe.

The page photo has a picture of an ultra-Orthodox Jew bending down in an awkward position in the street with the caption "Jew Jitsu." The page administrator also added a video post to the page of British-Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in character as anti-Semitic reporter Borat singing the song "Throw the Jew Down the Well."

While it was unclear whether the Facebook page was created with anti-Semitic or purely humorous intent, this is not the first time the website has published webpages insensitive to Jews or even blatantly anti-Semitic.

At the end of July, the website took down a page written in French advertising a "spa" at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz with "spa services" listed including "river of Jewish blood" and "saunas using gas."

A murderous anti-Semitic theme also appeared on Facebook also in the beginning of July when a user named “Alex Cookson” launched an open invitation to an “event” called “Kill a Jew Day.”

The page urged users to engage in violence “anywhere you see a Jew” between July 4 and July 22. A large image of a swastika was placed at the top of the page. Under the heading “description,” Cookson wrote, “You know the drill guys.”

At the time, it was the fourth call to murder Jews that had been put on Facebook within a short period.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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