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Antisemitism Watchdog Exposes Extreme Dangers Online For American Children During Lockdown

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“Antisemitism is not just a Jewish problem, it’s an American problem,” Liora Rez, founder of StopAntisemitism.org.

Lockdown has changed the way we live our lives. It has changed the way our children operate and what they are exposed to. Moreover, the stress of the lockdowns has been exacerbated by the growing divisions and increased racial divide in our nation. Online predators know this and are targeting our children on the Internet.

Nowhere is that more evident than on the Internet. Extremist groups have a much wider and younger audience. Antisemitic extremists, racists, Marxists, criminals and enemy state actors, like China and Russia, that are seeking to sow chaos in our nation, are also aware that they can directly make contact with your children even if you’re home with them. They do this through your smartphones, iPads, laptops and home computers.

These nefarious groups are targeting America’s children and parents need to be vigilant, said Liora Rez, founder of StopAntiSemitism.org, which works to expose racist, anti-American and antisemitic groups in the United States. Her work is changing lives and exposing extremists but it is filled with challenges.

Antisemitism On Social Media

2017: 81,400 antisemitic tweets were posted per day (New Antisemites report)

Jan. 29, 2017 until Jan.28, 2018: The Anti-Defamation League estimated that minimum of approximately 4.2 million English language anti-Semitic tweets were posted on Twitter.

In a recent interview on “The Sara Carter Show,” Rez explained how she’s seen a notable increase in antisemitic behavior. Her non-profit Stop Antisemitism monitors, tracks and exposes these subversive groups and people.

She discussed the use of vast social media platforms, like TikToK, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by racists, as well as other predators, who she says, lurk in the shadows exposing American children to so-called ‘edgy’ viral videos that are actually racist tropes. These videos are nefarious and intended to subversively indoctrinate our children against Jews, as well as other minority groups, according to the FBI.

Like Rez, the FBI is also warning parents to take extra precautions with their children during lockdown.

  • Children who are home from school and spending more time online may be at increased risk for exploitation. 
  • Anyone can be targeted by hackers and scammers. 
  • Protecting civil rights and investigating hate crimes remain a high priority for the FBI.

In some instances, other minority groups in the United States are behind the racist tropes and memes against Jews and the state of Israel, like some factions of the Black Hebrew Israelites and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In other instances, it’s the more recognized groups like the neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinheads.

It’s not always racist tropes but ideological indoctrination that reveres Marxist, socialist values. What about the hundreds fo TikTok, Instagram and Twitter videos depicting police officers as pigs and threatening our communities.

“I’m not on TikTok, you’re not on TikTok, our kids are,” Rez told me. “And they don’t have the type of reasoning skills to sit back and say, you know what, this is not okay. You know, wait a minute, maybe we should question why.”

“You know, a group of people such as police officers, or first responders are being vilified,” she said. “So the fact that these social justice movements, and these hate movements are being targeted to children. And then the children, you know, they don’t know what’s right or wrong, they take it for what it is right? They’re not able to see that this is completely off the wall. They’re not going to go to their parents and say, you know, the police should be dismantled. They’re subliminally being shown that the police are there to hurt you, not protect you.”

Many times the messaging is not overt but subversive, she said. For example, there is no group associated with the video, but the messages are intended to push the “anti-American, racist, antisemitic” ideology, she added.

She told me that her goal after acquiring a large following on social media sites was to use her platform to expose the dangers online. It has not been easy for her. Many times she has become the target of the social media giants for exposing the growing antisemitic behavior on their platforms. Many times, companies like Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook fail to appropriately monitor or remove the messaging targeting the Jewish community.

For example, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, a known and overt antisemite, has a platform on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and many times has posted antisemitic statements that have been allowed to exist on the platform for weeks before any action is taken.

Another interesting example is an algorithm discovered on Facebook that “actively promotes” Holocaust denial content. This is based on an investigation by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a UK-based counter-extremist organization, that discovered the issue. It found that typing “holocaust” in the Facebook search function brought up suggestions for denial pages. Moreover, it actually linked to recommended publishers and books that sell revisionist and denial literature, according to The Guardian, which first published the findings.

Rez is not surprised. An allied group of her StopAntisemitism.org, known as @StopAntisemites, has been jailed by Twitter for actually “exposing a physical threat against harming a Rabbi.”

The group has “appealed but have not heard from Twitter,” a Tweet from Rez’s group states. “Please RT to help get their account fully functional again.”

Rez warned that parents need to be more vigilant.

“Social media, as we all know, it’s the next frontier of communication or it’s, you know, the future of communication,” she said. “You know, traditional press and newspapers are nearly obsolete. And everyone was turning to the big three platforms, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, to get their news fill. So when I established these platforms, I said to myself, you know, I have a dedicated audience. This is news that needs to get out and it was a perfect opportunity for me.”

In fact, by mid-March as the nation, as well as the rest of the world went into lockdown, the predators increased their antisemitic, racist and anti-American ideology.

“While parents are trying to kind of reshuffle their day in work, what are the children doing? They’re, you know, they’re on their screens, of course,” said Rez. “So, what antisemites have done, they very quietly — not only on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook where they’ve always been — they’ve essentially infiltrated TikTok.”

On Thursday TikTok’s CEO resigned citing continued threats from President Trump to ban the Chinese application in an executive order. Trump, along with top U.S. and European national security experts say the video application poses a national security threat as it collects extraordinary amounts of data on users by the Chinese communist government.

Rez says it is also being used by China and other state enemy actors to push socialist and communist ideology to our children.

It is also being used by those same enemy actors to sow chaos in the United States.

“We all know it’s a Chinese app, the administration and you know, many people are accusing them of spying on the on users,” said Rez. “We’ve seen it take a step further that besides they’re collecting information, and they’re watching children, uh, you know, perform these really fun dances where we’re seeing kind of bigotry and hatred, explode, and it’s not being monitored as it should be.”

“And we’re seeing children as young as seven being exposed to things that they don’t understand,” she said. “And, you know, this is where we come in.”

Rez says her audience – those that follow her – submit the TikTok videos that are hateful, or anti-American or antisemitic.

She says she’s “seen a lot of hate and my jaw is on the floor half the time.” She noted videos that she watched where people were mocking Anne Frank, in a “sexual way with catchy music in the back.”

Frank was a young Jewish girl that hid from the Nazis in 1942 during the occupation of the Netherlands. Two years later she was discovered but had written a diary that was later found about her time hiding from the German Reich that killed more than 6.5 million Jewish people during WWII. In 1945, she was killed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after being discovered by the Nazis.

“And again, children as young as seven and eight are seeing this,” said Rez. “So it’s it’s mind boggling, but it’s happening well, and again, while parents are trying to not lose their minds, me being one of them, while they’re trying to work from home while entertaining children and making sure that you know, their homework is done at their, you know, you have to feed them, take care of them.”

For more information on the dangers of antisemitism, online predators and what you can do go to StopAntiSemitism.Org.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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