MySpace tolerant of anti-Semitism?

I was recently the recipient of some not-so-nice email from a MySpace user. I wrote to MySpace immediately and have not heard back. The user is still active.

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So I thought that I would post it here for everyone to see.

This dude also sent Beach Hillel some tasty words of love.

MySpace User Terms are pretty clear about this kind of stuff:

8. Content/Activity Prohibited.
Prohibited Content includes, but is not limited to Content that, in the sole discretion of MySpace.com: is patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual

My letter to MySpace:

Anti-Semitic email messages are being sent to me from this user.
http://www.myspace.com/oddai

Date: Aug 2, 2006 4:37 PM Flag spam/abuse. [ ? ]
Subject: wussup
Body: fuck you and israel bitch
dont write me back, i dont want my inbox to be dirty

Not too cool, huh?

it seems to directly be against terms of usage (Paragraph 8, #1)

Thank you for your help.

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

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Posted on August 12, 2006, in Anti-Semitism, MySpace. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. awww.. so did he hurt your feelings.. do you honostly think that there aren’t Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic (Arab) comments by Jewish ‘myspacers’? They are all over myspace leaving racist comments

  2. No it did not hery my feelings. I could care less about what he thinks of me or Jews or Israel.

    My point was to show that MySpace is tolerant of anti-Semitism by allowing activity which clearly goes against their terms of use.

    As far as commets that are “Islamophobic” could you explain what in the world that is? This newly minted term, meant to win sympathy with people oin the left because it sounds like Homophobic, is a completely made up, false word.

    And as any person with a small ability to look up something, anti-Semitism was a phrased cpined in Germany to describe Jew hatred only. Sorry.

    Last but not least…If you find a a comment that is racists so send it to my space.

    For the record, I would love to see it.

  3. greetings,
    if you haven’t heard the term ‘Islamophobic’ before then you ought to get out of the bubble you’re living in. I don’t care how Germans use the term ‘anti-semitic’, the fact is, Arabs are semites in addition to Hebrew people.

    here’s an example of anti-Arab (Semitic) racism on myspace:

    From: Aaron
    Date: Feb 4, 2005 09:30 AM
    Subject: No Subject
    Body: hey dumb mother fucker! THERE IS NO FUCKING PALESTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: John
    Date: May 6, 2005 10:47 PM

    Palestine,What the hell is palestine? They do not exist.

    From: daniel
    Date: May 23, 2005 7:31 PM

    USA FUCK PALESTINE!!!!!! LOL u guys have problems , i was kidding about the fuck u , whats ur guy;s deals , juss cause america is beettter then ur gay ass country doesnt make it right to hate us. well u guys are jelouse in ur third world country over there, im suprised u guys have computers to be on this thing yea.. well fuck u america hating terrorists

    From: Jared
    Date: Jul 23, 2005 12:44 AM

    there is only one palestine in the world.

    palestine, texas.

    the Jews are winning and someday all of israel will be resotored to its promised and birthright people.

    especially once oil becomes obsolete and the arab worlds’ single bargaining chip in international affairs dies with it.

    all you do is hate.

    From: maryanna

    Date: Aug 12, 2005 9:34 PM

    burn in fucking hell u stupid bitch…….chasharmoodaa its nto palastine and ur not gonna get fucking jerusalem and it well never again be palastine i will fucking burn u in hell and u will wish that ua dn ur family and u dirty apes were never born! FUCK U …ITS GONNA BE FUNNY WHEN IM ROLLING IN A TANK AND ACCIDENTLY ROLL OVER YOUR COUSIN AHAHA AND THEN SHOOT UR FUCKING FAMILY AND FRIENDS DOWN WITH U IN THE MIDDLE!

  4. I fail to see how “Eff You” is anti Semitic. The user in question has not threatened you in any way, nor is he promoting hatred or bigotry. He may very well be a hateful bigot, but he’s not promoting those views, so he’s not breaking MySpace’s TOS.

    He doesn’t like you, for whatever reason — but he’s entitled to his own (smallminded) opinion. You don’t like him either, and you’ve threatend his myspace account. Ignore him and move on.

    Incidentally, you’re violating that MySpace user’s copyright by reposting his picture on your site.

  5. Really, if he says FU just because I am a Jew you don’t consider this anti-Semitism. What is it? Love of Jews?

    Of course it is anti-Semitism. He clearly states he hates me and Israel.

    All forms of harassment are forbidden on MySpace, it doesn’t need to be a threat. This is not a free speech issue dude.

    I assumed that he forfeited his rights when he violated the terms, so I can still post his image. If I am wrong, I can take it down.

  6. His request to not respond because he didn’t want his inbox to be “dirty” sounds rather anti-semitic to me.

  7. Islamophobic is a world I have heard, and it makes no sense, unless you want to tie your wagon to homophia.

  8. Anti-Semitism is a term that makes no sense if it refers to Jews. Anti-Jewish is a better term to use. Semitic includes Arab, Hebrew, Aramaic, Assyrian… etc
    Therefore, if you call an Arab an anti-Semite, you’re accusing him/her of self-hatred!!!

  9. Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904) was a German agitator and theorist, who coined the term “anti-Semitism” as a euphemism for the German Judenhass, or “Jew-hate”.

    Check it yourself in Answers.com or elsewhere.

    So this is really a silly debate.

  10. The dead German theorist was wrong. I know that anti-Semitism is a term used to describe hatred towards Jews, but my point is that the word has a different meaning.

  11. tehdd reagan and saleem yosser

    Shalom salaam hari christiania or just Hello!

    we got enough bodys watching everything we say. The ADL comes heavy on those semites they dont like, whilst looking after those they are okay with.

    And this whole thing has nothing to do with money?

    Mrtoodamngood has a point that the rabbi has yet not answered well about arabs/darker jews etc being a true semite people.
    Please dont just give us a link to answers.com lol! I am sure the man has thought of that one.

    and why are you so obsessed with homophobia rabbi, Being gay myself i can see you have a issue.
    You dislike islam (lets not mess about here) you dislike Homo’s?
    so put em in the same bin huh?

    Islamphobia exists just like homophobia anti-semite (anti arab), and yellow badgers

    its all so sick.

    peace

  12. There is no such thing as Islamophobia.

    Where does it say I dislike Islam?

  13. tehdd reagan and saleem yosser

    do you like islam? or homo’s

  14. Debbie Jameson

    I know this is getting posted almost 2 years after the last post, but…MySpace is most definitely anti-semetic. My daughter was sent an e-mail by a 17-year old that contained graphic pictures of dead bodies in Auschwitz and MySpace flat out refused to do anything about it. Their answer to us was that my daughter should just block her. I have written an e-mail to the Anti-Defamation League as well as the local news out here for some assistance. If anyone else can give me some authorities to send this to, I would appreciate it.

    Thank you.

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