As antisemitism continues to rage in America – from entertainers to sports personalities to activists supporting antisemitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan and promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories – Twitter labeled the Star of David as “hateful imagery.”
Users who have the uniquely Jewish symbol as part of their profile picture have been locked out of their accounts, and have been sent the following message from the tech giant:
“We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery. You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. As a result, we have locked your account.”
It made no difference to Twitter if the star — which has been used as a symbol by Jews since the 17th century — was a graphic depiction, the design which appears on the Israel flag or even the one the Nazis forced Jews to wear to single them out for persecution.
“So often social media companies claim that they lack the resources to tackle hate on their platforms, but Twitter has put the lie to that claim by demonstrating that it does have the resources, but chooses to target the benign symbol of a victimized minority instead of the countless racists who use its platform with impunity,” remarked Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
Last week, the hashtag #JewishPrivilege was trending on Twitter, created by Far Right antisemites as a place to post their anti-Jewish hate and conspiracy theories pushing the myth of Jewish world domination.
While Twitter did not shut down the accounts associated with that conversation (which were also joined by Far Left activists), Jews quickly turned around the hashtag, using it to relate the discrimination they and their ancestors faced because of their “Jewish privilege.”
At the same time, attention has been focused on prominent media, sports and entertainment personalities who have recently expressed their support for antisemitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan was originally slated to deliver a speech on Fox Soul (a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox) on the Fourth of July, but outcry against the hate preacher caused the channel to cancel the event.
As reported by The Algemeiner,
In his speech, which aired on the cable channel founded by rapper and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs, Farrakhan called Jews “Satan” and promoted an anti-Israel conspiracy theory.
Madonna joins a list of celebrities who have recently voiced support for Farrakhan, including rapper Ice Cube, comedian Chelsea Handler, NFL star DeSean Jackson and host of “The Masked Singer” Nick Cannon.”