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May 17, 2015 2:37 pm

Israeli Foreign Ministry Seeks to Shut Down Antisemitic Websites

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Google Doodle. Source: P.M. Netanyahu / Facebook.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry will work to keep hate sites out of Google searches. Photo: Google. Source: P.M. Netanyahu / Facebook. – Following a special forum of some 1,000 experts put together by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the ministry has decided to act to combat the spread of antisemitism in Europe, including online.

The Foreign Ministry’s Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which held a three-day conference in Jerusalem last week, determined a series of practical steps to change what it called “a discourse of hate speech.” The ministry will take action to have websites that promote Holocaust denial shut down, and to keep hate sites out of Google searches, particularly when searches for the word “Jew” direct users to antisemitic sites.

The Israeli ministry will also establish special units in each country where it has a presence to compel Internet companies to enforce their own rules against storing hate material, and to enforce existing legislation on the issue.

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