Anti-Semitic Twitter Hashtag in Mexico Sparks Outrage

Hateful Twitter message in Mexico stirred uproar in the Jewish community, after it became the second “trending topic” in January.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 1/27/2013, 4:33 PM

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An anti-Semitic Twitter message in Mexico has stirred uproar in the Jewish community, after it became the second “trending topic” in January.

The Spanish hashtag #EsdeJudios, meaning “it's Jewish to”, became the second among trending topics in Mexico this month, leading to related tweets about soap, ashes and gas in a mocking reference to the atrocities inflicted upon the Jews during the Holocaust.

One of the tweets, by a user identified as Erik Negrete Ozuna, reportedly said the difference between Jews and pizzas was that the latter don’t scream in the oven. 

The Mexican forum against anti-Semitism, Foro de Coordinacion de lucha contra el Antisemitismo, issued a statement last Friday compiling the offensive tweets, several of which had more than 400 re-tweets, according to ABC News.

The group announced that it is currently searching for the individual who initiated the hashtag.

Mexico has a Jewish community of 40,000 to 50,000, according to Jewish Virtuality, a nonprofit organization. About 90 percent of this community is based in Mexico City, although smaller communities can also be found in Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana, among others.

Meanwhile, a French court ordered Twitter last week to disclose the identities of racist and anti-Semitic users to police, ruling it unacceptable to post hateful material anonymously.

The decision issued by a high court in Paris came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Union of French Jewish Students in October that successfully sought to order Twitter to remove a number of virulent hateful and anti-Semitic messages, which appeared under the hashtag #unbonjuif, meaning #agoodjew, with subsequent tweets including, “#agoodjew is a dead Jew.”