Students banned from web site for anti-Semitic posts

December 18, 2009 Agencies
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A group of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bloggers has been banned from a Web site operated by students in Sydney.

The group posted comments on www.boredofstudies.org, a portal run by students for students who are sitting their final year exams at school.

One of the threads began with a post about finding synagogues in Sydney and included a post explaining how to make a Molotov cocktail.

On another thread, titled “F— Israel”, one blogger wrote: “Yea bro, let’s f—ing Holocaust them.”

Another wrote: “Kill all da f—-ing Jews. Hate every single one of them … hope Iran nukes them.”

One student explained that “the people of Israel are an infectious disease” and urged supporters to “remove and execute the inhabitants.”

Deenu Rajaratnam, a spokesman for the organization that runs the Web site, told media the entire group had been deleted Friday.

“In no way do we endorse anything of that nature,” he said.

The bloggers who made the offensive comments had been banned from the site and moderators have been warned about permitting offensive material, he added.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff told J-Wire: “The most concerning aspect of this appalling material is that it was able to be published.”

But he added: “We applaud the publishers for acting responsibly and deleting this group. It is clear that vigilance is needed. All internet publishers should exercise care to prevent such damaging material appearing on their sites and to remove it immediately if it appears.”

The Web site, which was established in 2002, was created to provide fellow final-year school students with information about their exams as well as a forum to exchange information. “Bored of Studies endeavors to become the single most influential, resourceful and helpful service available to students all over Australia,” the Web site reads.

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