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April 01, 2004
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Racist, anti-Semitic web site, tops Google search results on "Jews"

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that if you search for the term "Jew" on Google.com you'll get a racist site that calls for the murder of Jews:

What is a Jew? Those hoping to find out from a Google search are in for an unpleasant surprise. The first of 1.75 million entries that appear when you type "Jew" into the search engine is an anti-Semitic site.

This discovery by a New York real-estate developer, among others, has sparked a cyberspace showdown, and a bid to alter the situation by a small band of Internet experts.

While surfing the Web from his New York home, real-estate investor Steven Weinstock was shocked to find Jew Watch, filled with propaganda similar to that used by the Nazis. "At first I felt surprised, and then those feelings turned to shock," he said.

What upset him most is not that hatemongers might be publishing such lies, but that any person looking to find out about Judaism would be offered choices such as the "Jewish Controlled Press," "Jewish World Conspiracies," "Jewish Media Lies," and "Jewish Banking and Financial Manipulations." Under one of the categories, titled "Revisionists 6,000,000 Jews DID NOT DIE," there are dozens of links to articles dedicated to Holocaust revisionism.

Google is not to blame for this - its algorithms are not racist and have not specifically chosen the above site on purpose. That said, I wonder what Google developers would think if someone typed in "American" and Google placed an Al-Qaeda site as the first returned result.

Weinstock has been working to get rid of the site. Last Saturday, he launched his own Web site, called Remove Jew Watch, containing a petition which received more than 3,000 signatures in its first 48 hours 1,500 on Monday alone.

Let's help Mr. Weinstock: please sign the petition at www.removejewwatch.com, and if you have a website or blog, please link to removejewwatch.com as well.

I copy the full article below.

Anti-Semitic 'Jew' site top of Google search
By MICHAEL MYLREA, Mar. 31, 2004, Link

What is a Jew? Those hoping to find out from a Google search are in for an unpleasant surprise. The first of 1.75 million entries that appear when you type "Jew" into the search engine is an anti-Semitic site.

This discovery by a New York real-estate developer, among others, has sparked a cyberspace showdown, and a bid to alter the situation by a small band of Internet experts.

While surfing the Web from his New York home, real-estate investor Steven Weinstock was shocked to find Jew Watch, filled with propaganda similar to that used by the Nazis.

"At first I felt surprised, and then those feelings turned to shock," he said.

What upset him most is not that hatemongers might be publishing such lies, but that any person looking to find out about Judaism would be offered choices such as the "Jewish Controlled Press," "Jewish World Conspiracies," "Jewish Media Lies," and "Jewish Banking and Financial Manipulations." Under one of the categories, titled "Revisionists 6,000,000 Jews DID NOT DIE," there are dozens of links to articles dedicated to Holocaust revisionism.

Weinstock has been working to get rid of the site. Last Saturday, he launched his own Web site, called Remove Jew Watch, containing a petition which received more than 3,000 signatures in its first 48 hours 1,500 on Monday alone. He also wrote an e-mail to Google, demanding that it remove the site.

In an e-mail response, Google refused: "Unfortunately, no computer can assess the morality, tastefulness, or honesty of a site's content. Results are determined by computer algorithms using thousands of factors to calculate a page's relevance to a given query."

Emboldened by Google's refusal, Daniel Sieradski, editor of the Jew School, a site devoted to Jewish fringe culture, decided to take matters into his own hands. Using a method called Google bombing, which exploits a quirk in Google's algorithms, he hoped to raise another site to the No. 1 rank.

"I decided to issue a call to arms on my Web site," Sieradski said. "Within a week, my proposal caught the attention of other Jewish bloggers [keepers of Web-based diaries] in the US, Canada, and Israel."

Sieradski's efforts paid off. The Wikipedia encyclopedia listing for "Jew," which just a week ago held no rank on Google, rose to the fourth-highest entry. But Sieradski is still not satisfied.

"Our work is not yet done," he said. "We've got quite a way to go before we reach No. 1, and then start to push Jew Watch completely off the first page."

Jew Watch's founder, Frank Weltner, did not respond to enquiries from the The Jerusalem Post.

Jew Watch's description of itself is bland: "Archive of essays, articles, and on-line books about a perceived international Jewish conspiracy: Keeping a Close Watch on Jewish Communities & Organizations Worldwide."

Inside, a dozen or so articles suggest that Jews are living out The Protocols of The Elders of Zion a forgery that has fueled Jewish persecution for more than a century.

Perversely, the site also has links to Jewish community and civil rights organizations such as B'nai B'rith, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, but lists them as "Jewish Hate Groups."

"If it means hating extremists, racists, and anti-Semites, then this title is well deserved," said Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem. "Not to fight against these groups increases their potential to poison the minds of millions."

There is an inherent danger when a hate site masquerades as an academic resource, said Brian Marcus of the civil-rights division of the Anti-Defamation League.

"One of our major concerns is that children unable to discern what is true will stumble onto these hate sites," he said. "There have been many cases where children unknowingly turn in school reports that contain anti-Semitic and racist remarks."

Stopping hate sites has been difficult, said Zuroff. "What is going on is really outrageous; they can get away with saying the worst things: lies, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, and racist remarks. And yet all of our efforts to date to get these sites off the Web have been unsuccessful because the First Amendment enables people to make racist and anti-Semitic remarks."

Another factor is that censorship laws in America focus on sexual content, said Lee Tein, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group dedicated to preserving on-line civil liberties.

"For American censors, sex has always been the big issue," said Tein. "The First Amendment tends to be understood as being especially protective of political speech, and that puts racist or hate speech in a different realm."

Education is the best form of defense, said Laura Kam Issacharoff, co-director of the Anti-Defamation League office in Jerusalem. "We have long been proponents of educating the American public about hatred on the Internet, though as representatives of a minority, we prefer to adhere to the democratic values opposed to censorship."

Posted by David Melle at April 01, 2004 08:29 AM
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When i attempt to view or sign the petition by clicking on the links above the article, I get a window of images of men having sex.

When I close this window I still do not get to the petition.


Clearly, this makes it impossible to sign the petition.

I imagine I am not the first person to have this problem. IS THERE A WAY TO SIGN THE PETITION?

Posted by: Susan Herzig on April 7, 2004 01:24 PM

Susan,

You're right - this was not happening a couple of days ago but now I can see the offensive image.

Looks like the comments page at www.removejewwatch.com has been hacked.

I see that Removejewwatch.com is currently using a 3rd party site for their petition that apparently accepts HTML and Javascript.

Someone has entered some malicious Javascript it so when someone attemps to sign the petition the offensive images are shown.

Hopefully they'll fix that soon, but in the meantime, be careful when clicking on a link at www.removejewwatch.com.

Posted by: David Melle on April 7, 2004 08:06 PM

I have just found your site and I am curious about what you have to say.Feel free to contact me but keep in mind that I am a Latvian Jew living here in the Latvian country side.If you are anti-semitic do not bother to contact me. R Kokss Cesis Latvia

Posted by: robests kokss on December 19, 2006 10:33 AM
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