Fight Antisemites, Not Antisemitism

(MEMRI) Col. (ret.) Yigal Carmon - The rise in violent antisemitism in the West is so significant that the White House, the EU, and the UN have all taken action to devise strategies to counter this phenomenon. It is critical to understand that there is no such thing as "combating antisemitism" without combating antisemites themselves, in the same way that one cannot fight crime without fighting criminals or fight terrorism without fighting terrorists. Any strategy that deviates from this principle constitutes an evasion on the part of governments of their responsibility to protect targeted minorities. Section 230(c)(1) of the 1996 U.S. Communications Decency Act must be repealed. It gives immunity to social media companies that is not enjoyed by any other media outlet, enabling illegal activities, including incitement to violence, to reach millions of people. In 2022, prominent American neo-Nazi James Mason said: "The Internet is the greatest ever come along....It's astronomical, the people we're reaching now, the quality we're reaching them with, and at no risk to ourselves, and at essentially no cost - it's fabulous!" Traditional media outlets - print, television, radio - are legally liable for the content they publish, without this being considered a violation of free speech. The writer, former counter-terrorism advisor to two Israeli prime ministers, is founder and president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

2023-07-27 00:00:00

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