The Internet has become one of the major contributors to the growing spread of Jew-hatred and assaults on Jews world wide.
The senseless attack by eight hooligans in Bondi, Sydney last week bashing five Jewish people - one a 62 years old woman - as they were walking home after enjoying a Sabbath meal with friends - has resulted in an outpouring of world-wide condemnation by politicians, the media, the public and other religious groups.
Yet it is only one of an increasing number of such similar assaults on Jews world-wide.
Jewish communities have for decades been required to place their synagogues, communal schools and organizations under 24 hour security surveillance.
The propensity of the Internet to become an uncontrolled vehicle for racial incitement has been allowed to escape under the radar. It is time that its capacity to so influence the minds of its readers was diminished.
What has become particularly disturbing is the ability of people to make whatever comments they like on the Internet without disclosing their full names and addresses to web editors when submitting their comments.
Newspapers require such details to be supplied – and only in exceptional circumstances will anonymous letters be published.
Why do Internet sites not demand the same standard of compliance?
Failure to do so has seen the publication of anonymous comments such as the following:
The Jews will still occupy the West Bank and blockade Gaza and continue with their brutal, genocidal occupation. If the world were to be rid of the U.S. and Israel, there would be a chance of peace in our chaotic, conflicted world. Surely, anyone with half a brain can see that!
Freedom of speech should not mean that people should enjoy freedom from prosecution or legal action for comments they make that defame people or groups of people or incite or are capable of inciting violence.
Should the following comment have been allowed to be anonymously posted?
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