September 15, 2011

Police investigate anti-Semitic Facebook page


by Jan Harris

Facebook has taken down a page which poked fun at a Jewish community in Giffnock, part of the Greater Glasgow metropolitan area

Several Facebook users reported the page to the police, who are now investigating the matter.

Called “Welcome to Israel, only kidding you’re in Giffnock”, the page contained a profile picture of the late Rev Ernest Levy, a Holocaust survivor who was cantor of the Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue

A humanist and teacher, who wanted to ensure the holocaust was never forgotten, Mr Levy wrote two books – Just One More Dance (1998) and The Single Light (2007) about his war time experience.

His photograph appeared on the same Facebook page as comments such as “F*** the Jewish Zionist” and “They have a Gaelic translation in the train station, Hebrew would have been more appropriate.”

Worryingly, nearly 1,000 Facebook users indicated their approval of the page by clicking the like button.

In related news, an Internet ‘troll’ has been jailed for 18 weeks for posting abusive comments on Facebook pages set up as memorials to children who have died.

Sean Duffy left obscene messages and videos on a memorial site dedicated to a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide.

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