Jew Watch

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Jew Watch
Jew Watch Logo.jpg
Web addresswww.jewwatch.com
Type of siteAntisemitic site[1]
Available inEnglish
Alexa rankpositive decrease 287,483 (April 2014)[2]
Current statusactive
 
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Jew Watch
Jew Watch Logo.jpg
Web addresswww.jewwatch.com
Type of siteAntisemitic site[1]
Available inEnglish
Alexa rankpositive decrease 287,483 (April 2014)[2]
Current statusactive

Jew Watch is an antisemitic[1] website that promotes Holocaust denial,[3] and makes many negative claims about Jews, which include allegations of a conspiracy that Jews control the media and banking industries,[4] and accusations of Jewish involvement in terrorist groups. The site contains a large amount of propaganda, according to Sam Varghese of The Age, similar to that used in Nazi Germany.[5] It is widely considered a hate site.[1] Jew Watch has received support from Stormfront, a neo-Nazi site.[6] The site describes itself as a "not-for-profit library for private study, scholarship, or research (that keeps) a close watch on Jewish Communities and organizations worldwide".[7] The site's author has labeled thousands of notable people who do not identify as Jewish as being so, including U.S. President Barack Obama.[8]

The site received media attention in April 2004 when it emerged as the first result in a Google search for the word "Jew". A petition was started to get the site removed from Google search results. A scandal in 2006 involved solicitations for donations to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina being redirected to Jew Watch.

Ownership

Established in 1998,[9] the website was formerly owned and maintained by Frank Weltner, a member of the National Alliance, a white nationalist organization.[10][11][12]

Themes

Jew Watch features an archive of writings, articles, videos, and links, organized in the form of a Web directory. The material is organized under topic headings such as Jewish Controlled Press, Jewish Entertainment, Jewish Banking & Financial Manipulations, Jewish-Zionist-Soviet Anti-American Spies, Jewish Communist Rulers & Killers, Jewish Terrorists, Zionist Occupied Governments, Jewish Communists, Jewish Atrocities, and so on.

Jew Watch claims that Jews control the world's financial systems and media. It also claims that the "All Anti-Christian Jewish Red Commissars" killed 100 million Christians in Russia from 1917-1945 under the orders of "Trotsky, the Jewish Commissar of Commissars".[13] It also makes the suggestion that global Jewry is the driving force behind both global capitalism and communism.[14] The site links to others which speculate that Jews have committed or are planning genocide against the Palestinian people;[15] the site also promotes Holocaust denial, maintaining that the Holocaust either never happened or was greatly exaggerated.[16]

Controversy

Google Search results

The website's increasing publicity resulted in many news sources, weblogs, and general information sites to link to Jew Watch, which created a Google bomb. In May 2004, Steven Weinstock launched an online petition to remove Jew Watch from Google. "When performing a search for the word 'Jew' on Google, the first Web site listed is JewWatch.com, a site that has been notorious for being anti-Semitic," Weinstock wrote in a widely disseminated e-mail. He set up an online petition site called RemoveJewWatch.com. By mid-2004 the site had collected over 125,000 signatures.[17][18]

In response to complaints, including one from the Anti-Defamation League, Google added an explanation to searches for the site. They said their results are automatically ranked by computer algorithms, and that they do not approve of any of the results.[19]

In December 2004, OSCE's Sandy Starr addressed the issues of freedom of speech:

When it transpired that the anti-Semitic website Jew Watch ranked highest in the search engine Google’s results for the search term “Jew”, a Remove Jew Watch campaign was established, to demand that Google remove the offending website from its listings. Fortunately for the principle of free speech, Google did not capitulate to this particular demand... Forced to act on its own initiative, Remove Jew Watch successfully used Googlebombing... Better still would have been either a proper contest of ideas between Jew Watch and Remove Jew Watch, or alternatively a decision that Jew Watch was beneath contempt and should simply be ignored. Not every crank and extremist warrants attention, even if they do occasionally manage to spoof search engine rankings.[20]

Joseph Turow and Lokman Tsui wrote in 2008 that the Wikipedia page on Jews had become the number one result for the search word "Jew".[21] Jew Watch's position continues to fluctuate in search results: during early 2009, the site dropped below the top 50 positions for the search term "Jew" on Google.[22]

Hurricane Katrina solicitations

St. Louis City Circuit Judge Julian L. Bush permanently barred Frank Weltner and his site InternetDonation.org from soliciting funds in Missouri for charitable purposes after it was revealed by State Attorney General Jay Nixon that Frank Weltner had set up multiple websites soliciting funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina and then redirected those wishing to donate to his site that collected money for Jew Watch.[23] A press release from the Attorney General said:

Anyone who takes advantage of the generosity and compassion of his fellow citizens in an attempt to fund his hate-filled Web site should never again be in the position to solicit charitable funds from well-meaning Missourians.[24]

See also


References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Antisemitic and hate site:
  2. ^ "Jewwatch.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ Levy, Steven. "Google: Watch Out For 'Watch'", Newsweek, 26 April 2004, accessed 23 November 2010. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Elkin-Koren, Niva; Salzberger, Eli M. (2004). Law, Economics and Cyberspace: The Effects of Cyberspace on the Economic Analysis of Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 72.
  5. ^ Varghese, Sam. "Online petition launched against anti-Semitic site", The Age, 7 April 2004, accessed 23 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Daily Digest", San Francisco Chronicle, 27 April 2004, accessed 23 November 2010.
  7. ^ Anderson, Jack; Cohn, Douglas. "Hate groups discover the Internet", The Hour, 24 October 2000, p. 134.
  8. ^ "Jewish Faces in the Government", accessed July 11, 2013.
  9. ^ Finkelstein, Seth. "Frank Weltner (JewWatchCom) replies", sethf.com, 4 June 2004, accessed 23 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Radical Radio. Neo-Nazi broadcasting from St. Louis AM station". Southern Poverty Law Center, Fall 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Jewish History - Frank Weltner - Personal Statement". Jew Watch. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  12. ^ Perlmutter, Dawn (Fall 2001 – Winter 2002). "Skandalon 2001: The Religious Practices of Modern Satanists and Terrorists". Anthropoetics (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA) 7 (2): 1–26. ISSN 1083-7264. OCLC 32874935. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  "[O]ne example is a white supremacist web site called Jew Watch"
  13. ^ "Jewish Occupied Governments - USSR - Jews and Communism". Jew Watch. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  14. ^ "Jewish Controlled Press - Reports by Historical Sources". Jew Watch. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  15. ^ "Jewish Genocidal Murders of Others - Palestinian". Jew Watch. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  16. ^ "Jewish Holocaust - Media Lies - Frauds - Hoaxes". JewWatch. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  17. ^ Brandon, John. "Dropping the bomb on Google", Wired, 11 May 2004, accessed 23 November 2010. Archived 22 November 2010.
  18. ^ "RemoveJewWatch.com", WhyNot Media, accessed 23 November 2010. Archived 23 November 2010.
  19. ^ Daniels, Jessie (2009). Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights, Rowman & Littlefield, p. 170.
  20. ^ Starr, Sandy. "Hate speech on the Internet", p. 140, accessed 18 August 2011, in "The Media Freedom Internet Cookbook", Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, 16 December 2004.
  21. ^ Turow, Joseph; Tsui, Lokman. (2008). The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age, University of Michigan Press, p. 112.
  22. ^ Isseroff, Ami. "Jewwatch is gone from Google Jew SERP", seo.yu-hu.com, 16 March 2009, accessed 23 November 2010.
  23. ^ Missouri Sues To Stop Phony Katrina Relief Sites ConsumerAffairs. September 13, 2005
  24. ^ "Nixon obtains permanent injunction against JewWatch.com operator who deceptively solicited Katrina donations". Attorney General, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 

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