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October 16, 2012 10:11 am

Jewish Agency Facebook Page Inundated with Anti-Semitic Posts

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In an apparently coordinated cyber-attack of a different kind, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Facebook page was flooded with hundreds of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel messages over the past week. A representative of the agency, which was formally established by the Israeli government in 1952 to facilitate economic development and the absorption of immigrants, said the assault was severe.

The messages, which were mainly sent by Egyptian Facebook users, were apparently coordinated to mark the 39th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, which began on Oct. 6, 1973.

Authors of the messages congratulated Egypt’s success in the war and promised that Israel would be destroyed soon. Most of the messages included swastikas, violent images and hate-filled words in Arabic, English and Hebrew. The messages were removed from the site immediately after their appearance.

“We can’t recall a similar volume of messages in a social network on the Internet. This represents an escalation and a disturbing phenomenon,” Amos Hermon, head of the Jewish Agency taskforce on anti-Semitism, told Israel Hayom on Monday.

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