Cybertechnology can be the means for hate groups to preach to the unconverted, to recruit new members and to reach a vast audience. Extremists can work anonymously and have world-wide impact. While it is difficult to make a definitive connection between hate sites and violent acts, we know that these sites can contribute to an atmosphere of antagonism, bigotry and divisiveness.
There is a tension between combating anti-Semitism, hate speech, hate sales and violence and at the same time supporting free speech, individual rights and privacy. We need to distinguish between speech that while hateful, doesnot engender violence, and speech that does just that. When Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com were found to be selling copies of the anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a major e-mail campaign in which Women’s League net members joined, was mounted and both companies agreed to post a message from the Anti-Defimation League, which presented the book’s history as a forgery designed to justify anti-Semitism by allejedly revealing a Jewish conspiracy to achieve world domination.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges its members to:
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges our governments to:
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