Tackling our extremism problem

March 21, 2023 by  

The sight on the steps of the Victorian Parliament on Saturday, black clad neo-Nazis throwing Hitler salutes over and over for half an hour, as Victoria Police stop by protecting them from on lookers, has shocked the Jewish community. Read more

Andre Oboler reports on the summit on online antisemitism

September 22, 2022 by  

Last week, members of parliament from around the world and a select group of experts gathered at the Capitol in Washington DC for a summit on online antisemitism. Read more

Antisemitism claims and the election

May 19, 2022 by  

Media articles today about the “Angel of Death” are an abuse of Holocaust memory. I don’t mean the comments by Simon Holmes à Court, I mean the media articles themselves. Read more

Ben & Jerry’s and antisemitism

July 22, 2021 by  

Twitter exploded with the news of Ben & Jerry’s new position on Israel. Read more

Nazi prank highlights the need for greater care in tackling antisemitism

April 9, 2021 by  

At 10:30pm on April 1, a group of Melbourne based neo-Nazis posted an April Fools’ Day prank to their channel on the Gab social media platform. Read more

Nazis marching through the Ranges are only a small part of the threat

January 29, 2021 by  

Over the Australia Day weekend the Grampians ranges, also known by its Indigenous name of  Gariwerd, hosted a neo-Nazi gathering complete with a KKK style cross burning and marches complete with Nazi salutes. Read more

Boycotting Facebook is not the answer

July 19, 2020 by  

It is a symptom of popularism and the modern post-fact world – not a solution to those problems. The demands attached to it, in fact, endanger democracy. Read more

Twitter tackles online hate

December 22, 2017 by  

After Charlottesville American attitudes on Hate Speech are shifting. Artificial Intelligence tools that extract hate speech on social media are becoming more wide-spread among both academics and civil society organisations, creating greater transparency and pressure on Social Media companies…writes Andre Oboler. Read more

Will the world come around to Israeli public opinion on Palestinian statehood?

April 12, 2017 by  

While the international community hangs on to visions of a two-state solution, Israeli public opinion is unified in asserting that the establishment of a Palestinian state is unrealistic and undesirable…writes Ariel Ben Solomon/JNS.org. Read more

Tackling Holocaust denial and Fake News

December 28, 2016 by  

The internet had become our go to place for information and search engines serve as its gateway…writes Dr Andre Oboler. Read more

Protecting the memory of the Holocaust

November 15, 2016 by  

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has held a conference in Romania attended by Australian experts. Read more

Social media in Germany combating hateful speech

December 28, 2015 by  

At one time Germany was the origin of racist hate speech which spread across the globe. Not just speech, but speech which turned into action and fed the flames. It’s no coincidence that today the Federal Republic of Germany has some of the strongest laws against hate speech in the world, and prosecutors who are unafraid to use them, even on some of the largest companies in the world. Read more

You can fight online hate

March 12, 2015 by  

This weekend a group of young Jews in Melbourne, aged 18 to 35, will spend 24 hour at a cutting edge event tackling online antisemitism in a real and practical way. Read more

It’s time Facebook repents…writes Andre Oboler

October 3, 2014 by  

On the Morning of Rosh Hashannah a petition signed by 10,306 people arrived at Facebook Headquarters asking the company to change their policy on Holocaust denial. Read more

Responding to a growing threat…writes Dr Andre Oboler

August 10, 2014 by  

Online antisemitism is a growing threat to the Jewish community in Australia and around the world. This hate does not stay on the internet, it affects society around us. Antisemitism in social media damages the confidence of our children and creates stress and health impacts across the community. It creates a physical environment which is less safe for the Jewish community. Read more

Facebook caught in Social Media war

July 18, 2014 by  

Beyond the physical war between Hamas and Israel and another war is raging. This other war is taking place in social media; it’s caught major players like Facebook unprepared, and its caused government officials around the world to quietly express concerns about vilification on social media potentially fueling violence on the streets in places far removed from the zone of conflict. Read more

Social media connects far-right groups…writes Andre Oboler

May 9, 2014 by  

Last week the far-right Australian political party Australia First and Australian members of the Greek far-right political party Golden Dawn held a rally in Brisbane. Read more

Remove Section 18C – normalise Holocaust denial…writes Andre Oboler

April 4, 2014 by  

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI), the national harm prevention charity dedicated to online hate issues, has warned that proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act will have the effect of normalising Holocaust denial, racist Aboriginal memes and more in social media. Read more

The Hitler Shield: Mocking the Dead at Facebook

October 24, 2012 by  

Facebook is sliding into moral decay. I would say slowly, but the pace of detrimental change appears to be increasing…writes Andrew Oboler. Read more