'A Dead Jew' Replaces 'A Good Jew' in Twitter Hate Surge
France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), which last week forced Twitter to remove anti-Semitic posts under threat of legal action, said Monday it wanted the micro-blogging site to remove new hate messages that have flooded the site, AFP reported.
Twitter had agreed to remove tweets that bore the hashtag #unbonjuif, meaning “a good Jew,” which led to what the French daily Le Monde termed “a competition of anti-Semitic jokes.” One user tweeted a picture of an emaciated Jewish woman in a Nazi concentration camp as the interpretation of "a good Jew," while many others tweeted that “a good Jew is a dead Jew.”
The move came a day after the social networking site said it had blocked a neo-Nazi account in Germany.
However, UEJF lawyer Stephane Lilti told AFP Monday that 50 new messages were sighted over the weekend using a new keyword #unjuifmort, meaning "a dead Jew."
"We are giving a few days for these tweets that we have drawn attention to be taken off," Lilli said.
France's SPCJ Jewish security watchdog said two weeks ago that anti-Semitic acts surged by 45 percent since the start of the year and were given fresh impetus by attacks by Islamic terrorist Mohamed Merah.
Merah went on a shooting rampage in March in and around the southern city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, three Jewish children and three French paratroopers, before being shot dead in a police siege.