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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.

Rachel Hirshfeld ,

Teen use of the Internet may ot be all bad
Teen use of the Internet may ot be all bad
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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.”