WJC condemns anti-Jewish songs on YouTube

May 7, 2016 Agencies
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The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has condemned the internet giant Google’s ongoing refusal to remove all anti-Jewish and racist hate songs from its YouTube video platform. 

Ronald S. Lauder

Ronald S. Lauder

“Although we raised the issue with Google Germany and informed them of the problem, thousands of video clips containing obscene songs which, inter alia, call for the gassing of Jews and glorify the Nazi Holocaust, continue to be easily accessible via YouTube. Albeit illegal in Germany, Google has no qualms in making music of extremist bands available. Such inaction is scandalous, and it really beggars belief,” said WJC President Ronald Lauder.
Earlier this week, WJC CEO Robert Singer sent a letter to Google Germany Managing Director Philipp Justus urging YouTube to remove neo-Nazi songs on the grounds that they are incitement to hatred. and often illegal in Germany “Why is it that Google steadfastly refuses to take action against the proliferation of racist and anti-Semitic material on its platforms? Do you really believe that songs glorifying or inciting the mass murder of Jews fall under freedom of speech?” Singer asked in his letter.

Following media reports about the letter, YouTube removed a few music clips from its offer and barred access to clips whose distribution is illegal in Germany, but as of Friday, numerous songs performed by neo-Nazi bands such as Kommando Freisler and Landser, which were mentioned in Singer’s letter, continued to be available on the world’s largest video platform.

Lauder said: “It is sad that Google refuses to delete vile Kommando Freisler songs such as ‘In Belsen’, ‘Giftgas’ and ‘Judenschwein’, in violation of its own user guidelines. Holocaust survivors are rightly outraged that not much is being done to stop the proliferation of this toxic material. By providing a platform for the worst expressions of anti-Semitism, Google is lending a hand to neo-Nazis. YouTube has become a playground for Nazi apologists and anti-Semites.”

Lauder called on the German government to act immediately. “Illegal incitement to hatred should not be tolerated by the authorities, certainly not when it comes to Nazi propaganda targeting young people,” the WJC president declared.

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