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Press Release

ADL to Facebook: Remove Blatantly Anti-Semitic Page

New York, NY, February 5, 2014 …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on Facebook to remove a “Jewish Ritual Murder” page that has been the subject of public criticism.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

The “Jewish Ritual Murder” page on Facebook perpetuates age-old anti-Semitic propaganda, and it should be removed immediately.  It is profoundly offensive, has no socially redeeming value, and adds nothing to any legitimate marketplace of ideas.

This page targets all Jews, and Facebook’s position that it technically does not violate their Community Standards because it does not target individuals is an unacceptable excuse.  We do not believe that Facebook intends to send a message that they are insensitive to the enormous harm the blood libel has caused throughout Jewish history, and the easiest way for them to make that clear would be to exercise the discretion they certainly have to remove the page.

We have appreciated the responsiveness and sensitivity Facebook has shown on many other occasions, and we urge them to act quickly to address this situation.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.