Facebook removes 'Jew Jitsu' page

Page mocking Irish Jews used anti-Semitic words and images.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
August 5, 2010 11:28
1 minute read.
Jew Jitsu

Jew Jitsu 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Facebook appeared to have taken down an anti-Semitic page titled "The invasion of Jews in Midleton," on Thursday.

The 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.

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The page photo had a picture of an ultra-Orthodox Jew bending down in the street in an awkward position 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.”

It was unclear whether the Facebook page had been created with anti-Semitic or purely humorous intent.

Prior to its apparent removal, the page had already received 384 “Likes” from members of the popular social networking site.

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

This is one of a number of recent anti-Semitic Facebook pages that have come to the media's attention recently.

At the end of July, Facebook took down a page written in French that advertised a “spa” at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, with “spa services” including a “river of Jewish blood” and “saunas using gas.”

Also in July, a user calling himself 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.” 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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