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'A Dead Jew' Replaces 'A Good Jew' in Twitter Hate Surge

A French group that had forced Twitter to remove anti-Semitic tweets, is urging the site to remove a new wave of hateful messages.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/22/2012, 12:59 PM

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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.