French TV stops FB stream from Jewish cemetery after antisemitic comments

"Within minutes, the number of vile and illegal comments had gone well beyond our capacity to moderate them," France 3 explained.

By REUTERS
February 20, 2019 17:17
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Gravestones at the Jewish cemetery in Quatzenheim, France vandalized with Nazi graffiti, February 19, 2019. (photo credit: CONSISTOIRE OF THE LOWER RHINE)

 
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PARIS- A French TV channel said on Wednesday it had been forced to cut short a live Facebook broadcast from a desecrated Jewish cemetery in eastern France because of an onslaught of antisemitic commentary.

France 3 said it went live from the cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and antisemitic abuse.

But as it broadcast footage online to its more than 1.3 million Facebook followers, the feed was inundated with antisemitic commentary and abuse.
Jewish cemetery desecrated in eastern France, February 19, 2019 (Reuters)

"We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly antisemitic and racist, including 'Heil Hitler,' 'dirty Jew' or 'dirty Jews,' comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community," the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.

"Within minutes, the number of vile and illegal comments had gone well beyond our capacity to moderate them," it explained, adding that it would have taken 10 or 20 staff to handle the onslaught. "We refuse to traffic in hatred."

The attack on the cemetery is the latest in a series of incidents across France in recent weeks that have alarmed the Jewish community and prompted calls for harder hitting legislation against those responsible.

During his visit to the cemetery, Macron spoke to members of the local community and promised a tough line.

"Whoever did this is not worthy of the French republic and will be punished," he said. "We'll take action, we'll apply the law and we'll punish them."

On Tuesday evening, some 20,000 people, joined by politicians from all parties, gathered at the Place de la Republique in central Paris to denounce antisemitism. Similar rallies were held in cities across the country.

While France is home to the largest Jewish population in Europe, with a community of around 550,000 people, there continues to be a steady drip-feed of antisemitic attacks. Commentators have blamed incitement not only from the far-right but from the far-left and fringe Islamists.

In 2018, the number of antisemitic incidents increased by 74 percent nationwide, figures released last week showed, despite having fallen somewhat in previous years.

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