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Wiesenthal Center Disgusted By Surge of Online Anti-Semitism Triggered By Goldman Sachs Case

April 27, 2010

“It is astonishing to realize that beneath the surface some Americans are prepared to jump on the bandwagon of collective guilt,” says Center Founder Rabbi Hier

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is condemning the outrageous anti-Semitism displayed via Internet message boards like Yahoo! because of the Goldman Sachs investigation.

“Irrespective of legitimate grievances that people may have, we are shocked at the level of anti-Semitism and hatred spewed on the Internet against Judaism and the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Wiesenthal Center.  “It is astonishing to realize that beneath the surface some Americans are prepared to jump on the bandwagon of collective guilt – which for over 20 centuries has been responsible for the murders of tens of millions of people.” 

Examples of such anti-Semitic postings include:

“I never hated people before. Today I hate the guts of JEWS.  The JEWS have poisoned America. They have poisoned good people. I never would have thought that I would hate the JEWS. For what teh JEWS have done to Americans, it is unforgiving...[sic].”

“Irony how US always bail out the jews & jews end up screwing USA!!! [sic].”
 
“Stinking Jews finally getting what they deserve  Burn all the jews up [sic]”

“j ew Bankers on Wallstreet are worse than the 911 Hijackers.  Thw Je wish have caused 10000X more destruction to the US then the 911 terrorists did.I think we give Iran the bomb and let them take Israel out [sic].”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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