October 15, 2021
THE WEEK’S BIG 3
International and Jewish community leaders gathered in Malmö, Sweden this week for a conference to combat antisemitism and advance Holocaust remembrance. Twitter is struggling to curtail COVID-19 misinformation and hate speech originating from the fringe social network Gab and migrating to find massive audiences on the platform, according to a new report released by ADL. A review of recently revealed membership rolls for the far-right group Oath Keepers found that at least 133 people provided emails with the “.mil” suffix, indicating a military association.
Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.
- International Leaders Gather in Malmö for Forum to Tackle Antisemitism
“The Swedish government invited social media giants TikTok, Google and Facebook along with representatives from 40 countries, the United Nations and Jewish organizations to the event designed to tackle the rising global scourge of antisemitism. Sweden hosted the event in the southern city of Malmo, which was a hotbed of antisemitic sentiment in the early 2000s but which during World War II welcomed Danish Jews fleeing the Nazis and inmates rescued from concentration camps in 1945.” VOA: READ MORE
+ READ: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt addresses the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism
- Twitter is Serving as a Gateway to Gab’s Conspiracy Theories, ADL Study Finds
“Links from Gab, the alt-social network known as a haven for conspiracy theorists and white nationalists, are getting massive traction on Twitter, the ADL found. The fringe site, with its laissez-faire approach to content moderation, has become a refuge for users sharing that type of content, which Twitter and other major platforms have cracked down on.” The Washington Post: FULL STORY
+ ADL Blog: For Twitter Users, Gab’s Toxic Content Is Just a Click Away
+ ADL Resource: Gab and 8chan -- Home to Terrorist Plots Hiding in Plain Sight
- Hack Exposes Law Enforcement Officers Who Signed up to Join Anti-Government Oath Keepers
“The data, some of which the whistleblower group Distributed Denial of Secrets made available to journalists, includes a file that purportedly provides names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of almost 40,000 members. A search of that list revealed more than 200 people who identified themselves as active or retired law enforcement officers when signing up.” USA Today: LEARN MORE
+ ADL Blog: Data Leak Appears to Reveal 133 Oath Keepers with Ties to U.S. Military
+ READ: ADL VP Oren Segal’s testimony before the House Committee on Veteran Affairs regarding violent domestic extremist groups and their recruitment of veterans
KEY ADL SOCIAL STATEMENTS
- Our CEO @jgreenblattADL addressing the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism today. Urging leaders call out "the clear & present danger of rising anti-Jewish violence” in Europe and around the world…
- We cannot let anti-Critical Race Theory laws prevent educators from teaching about important topics like race & racism through the lens of children’s literature. We need more diverse books on the shelves of our school libraries, not less…
- MK Smotrich’s hateful and racist comments have no place in the Knesset. Treating Israel’s Arab citizens as anything less than equal to Jews goes against Israel’s founding democratic principles and must never be tolerated.
IN THE COMMUNITY
- 'Walk Against Hate' draws hundreds to end hate crimes and educate youth (NBC Las Vegas – Jolie Brislin interviewed)
- Conn. Lawmaker Standing by Comments Comparing Gov. Lamont to Hitler (NBC Connecticut – Fred Bloch interviewed)
- ‘Walk Against Hate’ held in Harrisburg (ABC Harrisburg, PA)
ADL IN THE NEWS
- The lingering trauma of the Yom Kippur War (The Times of Israel – Ken Jacobson op-ed)
- ‘A new moment’: BDS activists cheer Sally Rooney’s boycott as Jewish groups mostly mum (Forward)
- The 2021 Supreme Court’s Jewish issues: Abortion, church-state separation, a painting stolen by Nazis — and the court itself (JTA)
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