Jew-hate websites in NSW probed

TWO websites registered to the same person, one that claims to be a chat forum for people living in the Southern Highlands in NSW and one that claims to help people deal with police, are being used to spread racist and anti-Semitic images, videos and messages.

The sites, highlandsbowral.com and nswpolicecrime.com, include posts like “Understanding parasitic Jews”, “Jews kill 66 million Christians in Russia”, “Jewish Zionists sacrifice babies” and links to a video on YouTube, Synagogue of Satan Jewish Ritual Murder.

Both sites are registered to a Nick Rolis, believed to be an alias for another man who has a history of running anti-Semitic websites.

The AJN has tracked down the actual owner of the site, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but was unable to contact him before the paper went to print.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) president Vic Alhadeff lodged a complaint with YouTube regarding the video and contacted the company that designed the pages to try and find out who is hosting the sites.

“This YouTube posting is scurrilous racism at its worst,” Alhadeff said. “It makes wild accusations against Jews, the Jewish people, faith and culture which have no connection with reality.

“The obscene claim that Jews practise ritual murder can have no purpose other than to encourage hatred of Jews and violence against them. We insist that this video be taken down immediately.”

Alhadeff said in the past it has taken about two days for YouTube to respond to complaints by the JBOD to racist material, so although the video was still online when The AJN went to print, he is hopeful it will be taken down.

He said the video, and the two sites, show the danger of the internet.

“People are able to remain hidden and anonymous while peddling insidious racism, hatred and bigotry.

“It’s a serious flaw in the system and it exposes us all to the lowest elements of society.”

B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich said the community is obliged to speak out against such shocking displays of blatant anti-Semitism and hate-speech.

“Throughout history, such centuries-old blood libels and ugly depictions of Jews have led to abuse and violence against Jewish communities and it’s distressing that more than 60 years after the Holocaust such Jew-hatred is still circulating in Australia,” Abramovich said. “I implore everyone to flag and report such vile and offensive content, and to make online providers more accountable.”

JOSHUA LEVI

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) president Vic Alhadeff has lodged a complaint with YouTube.