Three months after the Bernard Madoff financial scandal broke in December 2008, the public fury directed at him persists. In the days immediately before and after Madoff's March 12, 2009, guilty plea for his actions in the reported $65 billion Ponzi scheme, articles on popular mainstream Web sites continued to elicit anti-Semitic comments but they represented a small percentage of the overall response from readers. Those who made anti-Semitic remarks blame Madoff's actions not on his criminal behavior but on the fact that he is Jewish. Many of these commentators also painted all Jews as thieves willing to do anything to satisfy their greed. Others claimed that Madoff and Jews in general are more loyal to Israel than to the United States. Many of the anti-Semitic comments remained on these mainstream sites for days, without other readers responding to their hateful content. However, when they were brought to the attention of the editors of the sites, some news outlets removed them.
When anti-Semitic remarks about Madoff appeared on on-line financial discussion groups, members of those groups denounced the comments and moderators of the sites responded by deleting the offensive material. This is a positive change from September 2008 when the economic crisis began and ADL reported that hundreds of anti-Semitic comments were flooding on-line financial discussion groups and moderators and Internet companies were initially slow in removing them.
Mainstream Newspapers and Blogs
Comments posted to NYTimes.com
- "Jud" wrote, "Wah wah wah. So a bunch of rich people who are more loyal to Israel than to America lost money as a result of their greed. Who cares? I say we deport him to his brothers in Israel."
"Fiedon" commented, "And the worst idiots? the SEC! and so far nothing is changing because you have another jew - this time a lady - running it. mrs. shapiro, so just dont expect nothing. the rating agencies who were among the worst criminals are laughing their brains out and continue to cheat this country and the rest of the world. and the obama administration? with bernanke, summers geithner and his team at the fed the goldman sachs crooks? the next to worst scenario playing right in front of our eyes."
- "Monty41" stated, "The people I feel really sorry for are the charities that relied on this dreadful man and are now bankrupt. Over 20% of the population of Israel alone lives in poverty and relied on this money. Oops. Wait they are the arabs in Israel aren't they, they don't count."
Comments posted to WashingtonPost.com
- "b111427" remarked, "Proof positive that the Jews are smarter than the rest of you. Consider: a few years in the old folks wing of the prison is small price for decades of unimaginable wealth…"
- "jondoe2" said, "People who lost money in Bernie Madoff scheem should not worry or be sad too much. The money was put to a good use. Most of the $50B went to Israel to be spent on building new settlements for the Jews on the occupied Palistinian lands."
- "brob329" stated, "The Jewish people have got to ask themselves, now or later, how come people detest them so often. I do not. But, this is why. They are all about money, greed, selfishness, egocenrism, showing off, being in the limelight, making more money, scratching the back of fellow Jews and on. MONEY MONEY MONEY = Jewish culture."
- "handjacan" commented, "There is a chance, maybe not even a small chance that Ira(Medoffs mouth)will get him a Daypass so He can take a quick trip to Israel and enjoy the fruits of his labour.Anyone want to BET a few Quid?"
Other mainstream news sites
- On Newsweek.com, "Jchristian60" wrote, "You people (Jews) are so pathetic and incredibly wrapped up in your self-importance. The problem must be with the way you are raised. You are coddled over and told in some way that you are very special and very important; then comes the kicker you believe it and carry it with you into adulthood… So many Jewish subversives and cheaters for your relative stake in total population (Rosenberg???s, Alexandre Stavisky, most of the Bolsheviks especially the one who ordered the Czars family killed, little girls and all, that was Yakov Sverdlov, a Jew) always accused of being disloyal, why? Could it be because you have allegiance to Israel before the host country that you live in? Bernie Madoff sent much of his money to Israel like a good American... cough! Jews are loyal to themselves and to Israel in that order. They use other countries to feed that cause. If the US were to be in a war with Israel how many Jews would fight for the USA? The answer is very few…. Jews, the bottom line is this. You are a people who refuse to assimilate and try to change the ideals and ethos of the people who have helped you by welcoming you in their native lands…"
- On NYDailyNews.com, "raymundohpl" wrote, "SUCH A VILE INHUMAN PIECE OF ****, Is madoff, THAT MISERABLE OLD G-I-T!!!!! Once IN JAIL HIS WORTHLESS K-I-K-E K-E-E-S-T-E-R, Will BE R-A-P-E-D BY AN AIDS-RIDDEN MEESTER!!!!! And bernie WILL GET WHAT he RICHLY DESERVES, TO WIT!!!!! And madoff's LYING DESPICABLE THIEVING ACCOMPICE W-H-O-R-E OF A WIFE, Should BE BEATEN TO WITHIN AN INCH OF HER WORTHLESS LIFE!!!!! STRIP her A-S-S N-A-K-E-D B-A-R-E, Throw her INTO THE STREETS WHERE, she WILL BE PELTED WITH ROTTEN GARBAGE & GIVEN THE QUIETUS WITH A SHARP K-N-I-F-E!!!!! Ditto FOR THE S-H-Y-S-T-E-R SCUM, Who DARE TO DEFEND THE GUILTY BUM! Blinded BY GREED, they FORGET THEIR CREED, and ARE JUST PLAIN IDIOTS & CRIMINALS DUMB!!!!!"
On the Web site of the Florida-based Palm Beach Post, "THE MAN" wrote, "Just another sneaky jew money changer who steals every chance they get. They've been doing it for 3,000 years."
"Joseph" said, "I cannot help to notice that all these people that got scammed by Madoff are all jewish, I believe that the Jewish people tought that they were joining a special club so they could make easy money. It all amounts to greed."
In the The Independent, a British-based newspaper, "wearesmiling" stated, "The SEC is full of Jews who turned a blind eye to uncle Madoff."
"wearesmiling" also wrote, "I don't know what all the fuss is about. The greedy Jew fleeced other greedy Jews & the 'Jewish economy' is minus a few billion dollars. The greedy ones went to Madoff who was even more greedier and whole thing became a dogs breakfast and they all got well & truly fleeced. Simple. a well deserved self inflicted financial holocaust So there you are."
On The Huffington Post, "JrNorman" posted a comment on an article about Madoff from March 2009, writing that "Madoff stole $60 billion dollars and shipped it to Israel. Jewish Talmudic law states that a Jew can steal from the sub-human (goyim) and it"s legal to do."
On Google Groups
- "B. Cramer" wrote, "Too funny. Serves the old kike. I'm going to enjoy his death. A jew being jewed by a jew. Don't you just love it?"
On Yahoo! forums and Yahoo! Finance message boards
- In a thread entitled "Let all of the jew haters stand up and shout!" "treblehook" wrote, "do you really think some ones gonna take your bait? when the time is right I would think they will be to happy to be known by all! all in due time!"
Thumping Rabbit" commented, "jew madoff was offered, as a plea bargain: tell us where the money is in exchange for no life in prison'. jew madoff kept his money. and will die in prison. the story of jews continues. remember the old story? bandit tells jew, 'your money or your life'. Jew said, 'take my life'."
- "What do you expect? They are just acting as they have been trained," wrote "travispeabody."
"So you admire this minority of the US's population commiting the majority of white collar crimes?" commented "mr.mike_xie."
- "tommymancuso" wrote, "I'm so happy the jew Madoff screwed all the OTHER jews. So many Jews have been screwing everyone for thousands of years. Now there is this whole jew crew that got shafted by one of their own. The jews are a very shrewd people that do business with their own. They are actually so arrogant that when asked what their ethnicity is, they reply with their religion. Its the truth… you all know it!"
On AOL's Money pages
- "BrianGrenon2" wrote, "Cook 'em in an oven like a fat jewish sausage."
- "DCMCLAIMS" posted the following: "4 seat microwave oven reserved for the Madoff family, fry the jew bastard!"
Seeking to exploit any news item to spread their hateful views, avowed anti-Semites and white supremacists continue to capitalize on the Madoff scandal and plea with sweeping, demonizing claims against Jews on their Web sites and Internet forums.
- The neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network Web site featured a link to a mainstream article about Madoff's guilty plea. In a preface to the article, "Socrates" wrote, "If you're a Jewish investor, you're in a permanent pickle. You know that your fellow Jew is sneaky and dishonest and that you shouldn't invest any money with him. However, your clannishness and your feelings of racial solidarity compel you to give him money anyway."
- On Stormfront, the most popular forum for white supremacists and anti-Semites, "White Enlightening" claimed that "the only reason Jews got screwed on this one is because Madoff got caught, otherwise he would still be transferring the newly invested goiym money to Jewish investors."
- Anti-Semite Israel Shamir, in an article entitled "The Madoff Affair: A Guide to the Perplexed Antisemite," referenced deceased neo-Nazi leader William Pierce's "valuable observation" that "Jews aren't the only crooks, but they're certainly the biggest crooks. If you hear about a 100-thousand- dollar swindle, it could be anybody. If you hear about a 100-million- dollar swindle, then you know that it has to be a Jew."
- Judicial Inc., a viciously anti-Semitic Web site, posted information about the proposed tax write-offs being offered to Madoff's victims. Directly under a statement saying, "IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said the agency is issuing guidelines for taxpayers who are victims of the massive Madoff swindle," the poster points out that "his grandparents are holocaust survivors." Extremists often intimate that an official's Jewish heritage influences government action to benefit the Jews. Judicial Inc. also goes on to allege that "The average working American is footing the bill for all these Zio-hoaxes."
- "Brother" Nathanael Kapner, a virulently anti-Semitic figure, wrote an article on his anti-Jewish Web site Real Jew News entitled, "Is Madoff a Symbol of Jewish Greed?" In the piece, Kapner alleged that Madoff "only had to endure house arrest" because he is a "Jewish criminal." Kapner goes on to enumerate a list of questions which further his anti-Semitic views. He wrote, "First of all, how many 'isolated incidents' regarding Wall Street shysters and financial crooks of all stripes does it take to establish the fact of Jewish greed? How many on the planet, even reputable Jews, have been defrauded and victimized by Jewish greed? How many could tell of their own experiences of being duped, lied to, conned and ripped-off by unscrupulous Jews? Tens of millions? More?" Kapner concludes his article by arguing that "like Bernard Madoff, World Zionist Jewry clearly basks in the largesse of "Jewish greed" and keep its often ill-gotten wealth, parasitized from the Gentiles who host them, within their own elitist group…"