Mark Zuckerberg, stop giving anti-Semites a voice and an outlet to call for murdering Jews

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I have used Facebook for years as a platform to share my thoughts, comments and articles. I value that platform because of its global reach.  It connected me to some of my friends in France, the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and many other countries. It is a window to the world to differing opinions by allowing me to see what my friends think and share on their walls. It gives me an outlet to speak my mind and to share my thoughts on topics ranging from domestic politics to the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

However, I have observed that your social media has reached a point of violent antisemitism, at least for me, and I guess many other people too. I am appalled by Facebook’s insistence to allow this on social media.  I cannot believe that a group that calls for the death of the Jews, your own people for that matter, does not violate Facebook’s “Community Standards.” Do you realize how dangerous your media has become allowing the anti-Semites of the world to vomit their hate on Israel?

I am disgusted that Facebook not only calls this group socially acceptable, but it endangers the lives of our brothers, our families, our children, and more importantly, our people as a whole.

Free Speech should not be Hate Speech.

 We all know too well that allowing such a negative behavior only encourages the killing of Jews as we have seen it lately when Facebook users that were anti-Zionists and posting anti-Jewish posts assassinated innocent people in France, Israel or elsewhere.

You were quoted coming to the defense of Muslims after the November 2015 Paris attacks “As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone. 

So I wonder Mr.Zuckerberg have you forgotten or ignored your statement that all of us should “stand up against attacks on all communities?” Maybe you do not even know about the double standards applied to Jews and Palestinians on Facebook?

The latest violence in Gaza sponsored by Hamas has launched a virulent anti-Israel campaign on Facebook against Israel and therefore the Jews in general.

 I remember you said last year on your Facebook page:

”For me, the most important tradition is to remember that we will not be truly free until every person is free”.

I am asking you a simple question, are you really free?  If you do not support your people. I believe you are still in Egypt and you have not yet escaped it morally.

 Why I am saying this is because my account has been suspended 3 times (30 days each time) in the lat 4 months. Every comment I posted in favor of Israel, your automated response said i was violating Facebook community standards.

In France, rumors abound that Facebook's moderators are located in Muslim countries such as Tunisia, Algeria,Morocco and Pakistan explains why most critics of hamas, Islam and political Islam are censored by Muslim moderators who support Hamas.

My comments were not offensive but true but based on facts. Some examples:

Hamas is using children as Human shields,

14 of the 16 killed in Gaza were Hamas terrorists, 

Israel has the right to defend itself…and so on

And every time, I get the same answer” your behavior is not allowed on Facebook by violating Facebook Community Standards”

Facebook  is dealing with some serious contradictions of promoting free speech while running the world’s biggest social network, after being called out on the gap between his words and Facebook policy.

I reported hundreds of times the violent and anti-Semitic hate speech posted on Facebook that should be considered against your Community Standards. The antisemites who abound on Facebook post the same hatred that led the Jewish people to the gas chambers.

This group spews the same hateful propaganda that targeted a minority population to carry out a systematic genocide against the Jews in Europe. Are you conscious of that?

No Hate Speech on Facebook, unless it’s against the Jews, of course!

This is not the first time that Facebook chooses to take sides. I have reported several pages over the last five years only to get the same answer from Facebook staff.

This group produces the same vile hatred that has persecuted your people for millennia under the false premises that the Jewish people are the cause of all of the world’s problems.

I think Facebook has a moral obligation to stop giving anti-Semites a voice and an outlet to call for murdering Jews and comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. It is unacceptable for a social media as important as yours to allow such blatant Jew-hatred, or any hatred for that matter.

 As a Jew, you can’t ignore the hateful rhetoric against Jews that has always been rampant on Facebook for decades.  Or perhaps it just doesn't matter to you?

If you read this letter, I hope that you take my words to heart and do the courageous thing. Do the humane thing. Do the right thing.

·        Remove all Facebook pages that call for the death of Jews, Israelis(or Zionists).

·        Remove all articles from bias media like Al-Jazeera, TeleSUR, RT, MintPress News, Middle East Eye, Sydney Morning Herald, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Courrier international, Le Nouvelobs, Le Parisien and others that promote hatred against Israel and the Jews.

·We all know too well that Antizionism is Antisemitism.  

Dr Martin Luther King Jr put it this way when he was approached by a student who attacked Zionism, when people criticize Zionists, King said, they mean Jews. You're talking antisemitism.

I urge you, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook to respond the call and stand as a proud Jew against the blatant Jew-hatred that has plagued us for millennia and has only gotten stronger in the last few weeks.

The time has come where our people need to be united as one. Our people need to come together and support one another. You just have to be a proponent of truth, justice, fairness and accountability for all mankind. If we don’t say anything, we have no right to complain when Israelis are getting stabbed to death on the streets of Israel or French Jews machine gunned in a kosher supermarket or Mireille Knoll, the 85-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor who was murdered in her apartment.

Mark Zuckerberg, as we celebrate Pesach Give yourself a chance to leave Egypt and be closer to your people, if you claim to be Jewish.

Shalom from Jerusalem

Jean Vercors



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