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September 23, 2014 5:18 pm

Eric Schmidt Tells Jewish Group Internet is ‘Best Thing Ever Invented to Combat Prejudice’

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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google Inc. Photo: wiki commons.

The Internet is the best tool to fight hatred, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a group of Jewish activists on Monday evening.

“I actually believe that the Internet is the best thing ever invented to combat prejudice,” he told attendees at a dinner hosted by human rights group the Anti-Defamation League at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. “Hate thrives in isolation. You get someone who teaches the wrong answer – intolerance, hatred, discrimination – and they do it in the little cone of isolation because modern society doesn’t tolerate it. They’re hidden. They’re doing it in the corner, they’re doing it in the backroom, they’re doing it in the basement… the thing that the Internet does is that it allows you to detect this.”

Accepting the ADL’s International Leadership Award from the group’s longtime leader Abraham Foxman, Schmidt asserted that with the Internet, attempts to galvanize hatred “will never go undetected again.”

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“All the cards of prejudice are on the table. If you’re prejudiced we’re gonna find out,” he said. “Fabrications, these lies, which are ridiculous, but ultimately hurtful and bad, can be revealed… we can identify these hate mongers and these sorts of people who send these messages who we believe so fervently make the world a worse place, not a better place.”

Schmidt also praised his fellow honoree at the event former Israeli president Shimon Peres as being partly responsible for his interest in Israeli investments.

“Mr. President, there’s a reason you deserve some special credit. You took the steps to create in the military the technical teams 20 years ago that are now the basis of one third of the gross national product of Israel in technology,” he told Peres, “that, by the way, is why I’m a big investor in Israel.”

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  • JOHN TRAIN

    I agree that standwithus.org is doing a good job at universities .

    I wonder why the mainstream Jewish groups are not out protesting the Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of Klinghoffer.

    I wonder why so many Jews read the New York Times and the LA Times. Their stories on Israel are deceitful and destructive. A liberal rabbi friend of mine told his congregation that Haretz is the best newspaper in Israel. Reconstructionist Rabbi Brant Rosen
    defamed Israel and the IDF. Rabbi Rick Jacobs is a supporter of J St.

    As a Christian I am dismayed and so much unjustified criticism of Israel originates from Jewish sources..

  • Efram

    This is so true. Unfortunately, it is also true that it is the best tool to spread hate. And, when sites such as Facebook, tolerate openly hateful accounts and posts, it becomes a true weapon AGAINST tolerance. As for hatred being on the run, I think it is very obvious that the opposite is true. With Nazist placards and statements made in protests, and tolerated, if not lauded, with US and European students joining barbaric entities such as ISIS, with the tsunami of Jew hatred around the world, I sadly disagree with Mr. Schmidt that hate is on the decline thanks to the internet.

  • yaakov ainoris

    Yidden need to.combat online lies and propoganda…protocols lie and anti Israel diatribe is rampat all over you tube and google…standwithus.org is doing a good job at universities were poison starts.Shalom.

  • shloime

    it could be, if companies like google had the balls to remove blatantly anti-semitic, hateful trash, which they have *failed* to do repeatedly.

    his theory seems to work better for very large groups, like the people’s republic of china, who have more clout with google’s administrators.

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