Foreign Ministry caucus seeks to eliminate anti-Semitic websites
With current laws on hate speech not being enforced, Israeli task-force of experts begin working to stop the spread of anti-Semitism in Europe by having Google remove search results that lead users to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial websites.
By Shlomo Cesana
A special forum of some 1,000 experts put together by the Foreign Ministry has decided to act to combat the spread of anti-Semitism in Europe, including online.
The forum wants to keep results that lead users to anti-Semitic websites out of Google searches [illustrative] – Photo: AP
The Foreign Ministry’s Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, which held a three-day conference in Jerusalem last week, has determined a series of practical steps to use in changing what it called “a discourse of hate speech.”
The forum decided that the Foreign Ministry will take action to have websites that promote Holocaust denial shut down, as well as to keep hate sites out of Google searches, particularly when searches for the word “Jew” direct users to anti-Semitic sites.
The forum also decided that the ministry would establish special units in each country where it has a presence to compel Internet companies to enforce their own rules against storing hate material and enforce existing legislation on the issue.
The forum has called on the Internet industry to adopt a unified, global stance and define what keywords constitute hate speech and anti-Semitism. It was also decided that Israel would work to strengthen existing laws against anti-Semitism and train police forces to enforce them.
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