Making anti-Semites look, feel, and (most importantly) be perceived as poor martyrs, victims of politically-based censorship, and do all that in one fell swoop, is a feat not many have achieved.
HonestReporting has done precisely that. A U.S. registered charity, with its head office in New York City, and editorial staff based in Jerusalem, it “monitors the media for bias against Israel.” Some news outlets retaliate by calling it a “pro-Israel media watchdog group.”
HonestReporting has exposed a number of cases of biased reporting, making its cases against a number of Western mainstream media with conviction. But its latest step seems to be one that makes all those years of painstaking work almost irrelevant.
HonestReporting managed to force Facebook (and its affiliated social media outlets, such as Instagram) to declare an unconditional ban on all posts that deny the existence of the Holocaust. Not only that: HonestReporting welcomed the news with such a round of backslapping, it must have been heard all over the world.
In Facebook’s words
Here’s an excerpt from what Monika Bickert, Facebook’s VP of Content Policy had to say: “We are updating our hate speech policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.
“Organizations that study trends in hate speech are reporting increases in online attacks against many groups worldwide,” Ms. Bickert continued, “and we continue our efforts to remove it. We have banned more than 250 white supremacist organizations and updated our policies to address militia groups and QAnon.”
Not only that: Ms. Bickert openly admitted: “We also routinely ban other individuals and organizations globally, and we took down 22.5 million pieces of hate speech from our platform in the second quarter of this year. Following a year of consultation with external experts, we recently banned anti-Semitic stereotypes about the collective power of Jews that often depicts them running the world or its major institutions.”
Ms. Bickert goes on to blame “the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.”
And she proceeds to re-discover America, writing thus: “According to a recent survey of adults in the U.S. aged 18-39, almost a quarter said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, that it had been exaggerated or they weren’t sure.”
As if THAT was an excuse for censorship. It should be a clarion call for educators to start doing their job rather than indoctrinating their students with all kinds of Marxist and Malthusian garbage.
Now, there is no doubt that there are quite a few Holocaust deniers in this world, just as there are many anti-Semites amongst us.
On the other hand, there is also no doubt that most of Western school curricula, starting from kindergarten, through elementary education, all the way to post-secondary university institutions, simply ignore the entire matter. Some claim that children are too sensitive to face such cruel facts of life, others find even more stupid reasons. What they do not realize is that silence equals denial, as well.
That it results in generally anti-Semitic tone of mainstream mass media reporting, that, somehow, must have escaped Ms. Bickert’s attention.
This is where HonestReporting has been doing a commendable job of making sure these Western mainstream media do not get away with their lies, libels, calumnies and defamations.
Except: thinking that censorship of any kind would help solve the issue shows that those who hold this opinion are incapable of real thinking.
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov-Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, liked to say that such howlers are either work of smart foes or idiotic members of his own Bolshevik party.
From the current development it’s not obvious whether it’s the former or the latter.
But the statement by HonestReporting on the Facebook ban seems to indicate that there really is something in the old saying that when a Jew is smart, s/he is smart, but when a Jew is stupid, then, oyvey, mammele, run for the nearest anti-atom bomb shelter.
What HonestReporting says
“HonestReporting welcomes Facebook’s announcement that it has updated its hate speech policy to include a ban on posts that deny or distort the Holocaust,” the group said in a news release.
“Holocaust distortion and denial is more than simply a wrongheaded opinion, but poisons the public conversation with lies and fuels hatred of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” it continues.
“For years, HonestReporting has called on traditional and social media to act responsibly and not serve as a conduit for the promotion of falsehoods. Accordingly, we view Facebook’s move as a significant and deeply encouraging step in the right direction. It is our fervent hope that this new policy is enforced,” the HonestReporting statement concludes.
HonestReporting CEO Daniel Pomerantz added his few cents’ worth: while he was proud of Facebook, this still didn’t mean the war was over. There are still too many who promote anti-Semitism and deny the Holocaust, and they have to face the consequences, too.
Indeed they do, but definitely not through bans or court sentences that send them behind bars.
Interestingly, neither Facebook nor HonestReporting bothered to mention one pervading common denominator: most, if not all, anti-Semitic coverage in Western mainstream media comes from publications generally known as tending to be on the left wing of the political spectrum. These publications, in general, support Palestinian terrorist cases, while opposing harsh measures against providing nuclear technology to countries such as Iran. It may look like coincidence to some, but these are, at the same time, publications that support such racist groups as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
That this has, historically, never mattered to Facebook and other such social media that stand on guard to defend these violent Marxists and Malthusians against any questioning, is one thing.
That it should matter to HonestReporting is another thing. Nobody can have a cake and keep it at the same time, just as nobody can expect a woman to be pregnant only in part. It is either – or in both situations.
Exposing anti-Semites does not equal banning them altogether. While the former step is as useful as useful can get, the latter step leads to martyrdom for the sundry Holocaust deniers and other such groups.
One of these steps is wrong. Too bad HonestReporting didn’t think twice before making its choice.