SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — Facebook removed anti-Semitic slurs after protests from an Australian Jewish leader.
Comments such as “Jew rats” and “F****** Mercedes Jews” were removed from the social networking site after Vic Alhadeff, the CEO of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, had lodged a complaint.
Students from some of Sydney’s elite private schools had posted the messages, which included "support Holocaust denial" and a link to another internet site called “F*** Israel and their Holocaust bull****.”
One student said in Tuesday’s Sydney Morning Herald that there was “no intention of causing conflict or racial hatred." But Alhadeff told the newspaper that “Any comments which propose a racial stereotype are offensive.”