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WEBSITE HAS POSTING OF SIMILAR WORDING ON ANTISEMITIC POSTER AND MORE ANTISEMITIC COMMENTS-CAN THEY BE REMOVED? MATAS EXPLAINS

by Rhonda Spivak, September 26, 2012

[Editor's note: This report is a follow-up to our previous report on the subject of Antisemitic Posters that appeared  in downtown Winnipeg befroe Rosh Hahsana. Our previosu report is reprinted at the bottom of this new report ]

On the  website  www.topix.com there is a posting on September 9, 2012 by a person named "Follow Da money" that has wording very similar to the wording found  on antisemtiic posters in Winnipeg that were posted downtown just before Rosh Hashana. Moreover, a number of the comments posted on Topix are also anti-semitic in nature.

To see the posting and some of the anti-semitic comments click here: http://www.topix.com/forum/ca/winnipeg-mb/TLO98639VDE80J3RI 

For example, one comment by "Teletubby" posted September 12, 2012 reads:

"Is it only a coincidence that 10 of the eleven crooks listed are Jews? And this is only a partial list. Wow "

 Another comment form Follow Der Money is :

"Clear-headed people read the entire poster and put the title into its proper context.$hitler's List is a crude variation of Schindler's List, an epic war drama about a wily conman who wastes government money to build a useless factory to employ war captives who would otherwise be heading to Auschwitz."

Follow Der Money also adds "If someone from B'nai Brith wishes to complain about Jewish over-representation on $hitler's List, I invite them to do so."

Another comment by "observer" September 17, 2012: "like the winnipeg police don't have more important things to do(highest murder rate,highest personal crime rate)then pander to the upset feelings of the local jewish communities spoiled holy day."

Lubomyr Luciuk of the Ukrainian Canadian Civl Liberties Association wrote a leter to the Winnipeg Free Press published on p.A6 complaining about the Free Press editorial Re Rascist Outrage Editorial September 17.

Here is what Luciuk wrote as the opening sentence to his letter: "Does your anonymous "staff writer" have evidence providing that whomever distributed the allegedly antisemitic  posters in Winnipeg are  "...some of the same people who oppose the new Canadian Mueum for Human Rights? "

Notice that Mr Luciuk refers to the poster as "allegedly" antisemitic--as if the plain words themselves aren't sufficient to show  antisemitism. 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/have-your-say-170299476.html

[Editor's comment: Come now Mr Luciuk. We weren't born yesterday.]

The Winnipeg Jewish Review asked David Matas, who is Co-chair of the Online Antisemitism Working Group of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism led by the Government of Israel and Honourary Senior Counsel for B'nai Brith Canada, about what, if any, steps can be taken to have these antisemitic comments removed from the Topix website.

Matas replied:

"I have taken a look at the terms of service of the host - Topix. They can be found at <http://www.topix.com/topix/terms> The terms of service say "We may remove any content for any reason".

"I will ask B'nai Brith directly to approach Topix directly to remove the poster. Topix has a page of frequently asked questions at
<
http://www.topix.com/topix/faq#forums_post_removed> One question asked and answered is this: "Can I get posts removed from this site? The best way to have content reviewed for removal is by sending us a direct link to the content through our Feedback system, and our moderators will review the content for violations of our Terms of Service. To do this, click "Feedback" at the bottom of any Topix page and follow directions to send us a Feedback request." I will suggest that B'nai Brith follow this procedure.

"I will further ask B'nai Brith to ask the police in turn to approach Topix to make two requests. The Topix terms of service provide "You agree that Topix may access, preserve and disclose your account information and content if required by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process;" That means that the police can find out from Topix who posted the poster on their website. This would be useful investigation information for the police.

"The terms of service also say that "Topix cooperates with legitimate law enforcement". The police and the Attorney General should ask Topix also to remove the posting at issue here.

"The functioning of Topix itself is an issue which I intend to pursue in my capacity of

 

"I have taken a look at the terms of service of the host - Topix. They can be found at <http://www.topix.com/topix/terms> The terms of service say "We may remove any content for any reason".

"I will ask B'nai Brith directly to approach Topix directly to remove the poster. Topix has a page of frequently asked questions at
<
http://www.topix.com/topix/faq#forums_post_removed> One question asked and answered is this: "Can I get posts removed from this site? The best way to have content reviewed for removal is by sending us a direct link to the content through our Feedback system, and our moderators will review the content for violations of our Terms of Service. To do this, click "Feedback" at the bottom of any Topix page and follow directions to send us a Feedback request." I will suggest that B'nai Brith follow this procedure.

"I will further ask B'nai Brith to ask the police in turn to approach Topix to make two requests. The Topix terms of service provide "You agree that Topix may access, preserve and disclose your account information and conte

 
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