August 22, 2008

Canadian Internet Service Provider Shuts Down Internet Hate Site

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A quick responding Canadian Internet Service Provider (ISP) has closed down an Internet site promoting anti-Semitic hate after being alerted by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC).

When FSWC reported "realjewnews.com" to its Canadian ISP, its content was reviewed and determined to violate the master service agreement as well as Canadian values. Although the Canadian ISP swiftly and decisively removed the offending site, within days, it reappeared on another server, this time in another country.

The Internet has become a prime tool for extremist and terrorist activity worldwide. Nevertheless, Canadian legislation and its provision for dealing with Internet offenders is a model for international governance.

Comments Leo Adler, director of National Affairs, FSWC, "Our Canadian system strikes the perfect balance between two intrinsically Canadian ideals, namely, freedom of speech and abhorrence for hate and intolerance."

FSWC is calling for the formation of an international accord and subsequent monitoring to effectively and proactively deal with the growing viral phenomenon of global Internet hate.

FSWC monitors online extremism, researching, monitoring, reporting and eliminating hate and terrorism online. FSWC has positioned itself as an invaluable source of information and knowledge of Internet extremism. Now in its eleventh year, the Digital Terrorism & Hate 2.0, an FSWC initiative, is the world's most comprehensive report on extremist elements operating online.

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. It has 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. The Center is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe. With over 400,000 members of all faiths around the world, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking justice for the war criminals. Visit: www.fswc.ca.

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SOURCE: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies