By Sharon Berger, The Australian Jewish News, October 31 2008, pg 4
Reproduced online with permission
SOCIAL media expert Dr Andre Oboler has issued a dire warning about the transmission of anti-Semitic online cultural values. Behaviour that is not acceptable in a public place should not be accept- able in online communities, such as Google, Facebook, My Space and Wikipedia, Dr Oboler has warned.
“In the current climate, anything goes, and if this is not changed in the next few years, this attitude will be cemented and we may miss the boat,” he said.
Dr Oboler, who recently returned to Melbourne after studying in the UK and Israel for five years,is CEO of Zionism on the Web – a website that aims to combat online anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
After attempting to convince the Jewish community, as well as the community-at-large, of the growing danger of web-based misinformation, Dr Oboler said he is concerned that mainstream internet users will be taken in. “My concern”, he said, is that people will “accept these views”.
To date, Dr Oboler’s extensive efforts have borne fruit on some websites, but he has failed to attract the funding needed to combat this growing phenomenon.
The Mount Scopus graduate, who has lived in South Africa, Australia, the UK and Israel, will speak next week at a number of community day schools and will talk on November 5, 8pm, at Kehillat Masada and on November 6, 8pm, at Hakoah Club.
See also: pg 16, "10 Questions"
More articles on antisemitism:New Antisemitism forum.
You can visit our full collection for more articles on Zionism, Israel and Palestine
A Zionism Israel Information Center article on antisemitism and the Jews
The Coordination Forumfor Countering Antisemitism
JAFI resources on Antisemitism
International Center for the Study of Antisemitism At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The following may help you identify antisemitism and other types of racism
Disagreeing with the policies of the Israeli government is in and of itself neither Antisemitic nor Anti-Zionist.
Even outside of this Anti-Zionism is not always Antisemitism, but many of those who claim to be anti-Zionist are in fact in fact peddling re-badged Antisemitism.
Our reference center can help you understand Anti-Zionism
Copyright 2008, The Australian Jewish Jews. Reproduced at Zionism On The Web with permission.
We'll be happy to add a link to our directory for any site on Israel, Zionism, the Middle East, or Judaism that links to us. You can add your site and if you have a link to us we'll aprove it. You can aslo e-mail us at for an additional link on our links page.