Dangerous videos pushed on YouTube; Iranian textbooks more antisemitic than ever; Synagogue and Holocaust memorial vandalized

  • February 12, 2021
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THE WEEK’S BIG 3

Google's YouTube is still recommending extremist and white supremacist videos to viewers already susceptible to racial hatred, a new report from ADL found. Iranian schools are teaching antisemitism, hatred and conspiratorial material in their textbooks, according to a comprehensive analysis by ADL. Police in Spokane, WA are looking for the person who painted swastikas on the Temple Beth Shalom building and a Holocaust memorial.

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1) YouTube Continues to Push Dangerous Videos to Users Susceptible to Extremism, White Supremacy, ADL Finds

“One in 10 study participants viewed at least one video from an extremist channel and 2 in 10 viewed at least one video from an ‘alternative’ channel, according to the study, which examined the viewing habits of 915 respondents. The study's authors defined extremist and alternative by drawing from published research on online radicalization.” USA Today: LEARN MORE

+ READ: Exposure to Alternative & Extremist Content on YouTube

+ MORE: ADL Researchers Find Marked Decrease in QAnon Conspiracies Following Twitter Ban

2) ADL: Iranian Textbooks More Antisemitic Than Ever

“The study was published on the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 revolution that saw the rise of the current autocratic, conservative Islamic regime which has long threatened to destroy Israel and which is now battling US sanctions imposed to curb its nuclear activity.” The Times of Israel: FULL STORY

+ READ: Incitement -- Antisemitism and Violence in Iran’s Current State Textbooks

+ David Weinberg tweet: THREAD.  I've spent months examining extremist content in #Iran’s latest state textbooks…

3) Washington Synagogue, Holocaust Memorial Vandalized with Swastikas

“The vandalism appears to have been perpetrated by a single culprit, with Temple Beth Shalom's security cameras having caught the masked culprit in the act, according to The Spokesman-Review citing Spokane police, who are investigating the incident as a hate crime.” The Jerusalem Post: READ MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Disgraceful to see that Swastikas were spray painted onto Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane, WA…

+ ADL Resource: H.E.A.T. Map

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