Twitter has reportedly agreed to remove French-language anti-Semitic messages from its website and to block access to an account linked to German neo-Nazis.
Stephane Lilti, an attorney for the Union of French Jewish Students said that Twitter has agreed to remove tweets that her group has flagged as anti-Semitic, according to the French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur.
Twitter has been engulfed in a wave of French anti-Semitic posts using the hashtag #unbonjuif, meaning “a good Jew” in French.
The tweets were condemned by French anti-racist and Jewish organizations on Monday.
In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said the social networking service, founded in 206 with an estimated 500 million current users,“lags far behind other established social media platforms” in tackling hate speech and banning those who use it.
In results that are not terriby surprising, American Jews surveyed by the American Jewish Committee said they favored President Barack Obama over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by a margin of 65 percent to 24 percent.
Ten percent of voters are still undecided, but when asked how they were leaning the undecided voters broke down 63 percent for Obama, the Democrat and 27 percent for Romney, the Republican nominee.
A framework for a nuclear deal with Iran has been reached, but significant hurdles remain.
At a White House news conference on Thursday, President Obama said the United States and the five other world powers negotiating with Switzerland had reached a “historic understanding with Iran” on a deal that, if fully implemented, would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The deadline for a comprehensive agreement is June 30.
RA becomes first major Jewish group to criticize Likud leader's election day rhetoric; Netanyahu defends statements on MSNBC.
In a sharply worded statement today, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly “condemned” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making divisive comments Tuesday when he urged Israelis in a video message to get out and vote because “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls” and thus threatening the country’s “rightwing government.”
The Rabbinical Assembly thus became the first major Jewish organization to strongly criticize Netanyahu for what many have termed racist comments.
Insurance brokers involved in $9 million Met Council kickback scam lose their licenses, but avoid jail.
Two of the insurance brokers involved in a $9 million kickback scheme at the nonprofit Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty were sentenced today, Feb. 13, to five years probation and each was ordered to pay $1.5 million they admitting stealing from Met Council.
The two men, who were also ordered to surrender their broker’s licenses, were Solomon Ross and William Lieber. They have each already paid back $1 million, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Eric Schneiderman says his office is pursuing a few ‘other angles’ provided by Rapfogel.
The scandal involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which provided a stunning example of charities fraud and toppled one of the Jewish communal world’s most respected figures, might not be over, The Jewish Week has learned.