[Www-newswire] Re: Protocols of the Elders of Zion on Indymedia website

jonathan lawson jl at u.washington.edu
Tue, 28 May 2002 14:30:25 -0700

Dear Arieh,

thank you for contacting us. I am forwarding your request to the global IMC 
volunteers who are responsible for monitoring the www.indymedia.org newswire.

As you may know, all Indymedia sites use a system of "open publishing," 
meaning that any individual is free to post to the site without being 
subject to prior editorial controls. This innovation has been crucial to 
our organization's many successes in covering important news around the world.

On the other hand, it is a policy which lends itself to abuse, and each IMC 
including www.indymedia.org has an editorial policy allowing for the 
removal of certain kinds of posts. Indeed, removing repugnant, anti-semitic 
posts from our site can often be a full-time job for IMC volunteers at many 
sites, including posts referring to the "learned elders of Zion."

Thank you again for bringing this to our attention. While I personally work 
on the seattle.indymedia site, not the www.indymedia site, I will be 
pleased to answer any further questions you have.


At 04:17 PM 5/28/2002 -0400, Arieh Rosenblum wrote:

>Mr. Lawson:
>I am the Ontario Regional Director of B'nai Brith Canada. Among other 
>issues, we are involved in anti hate and anti racism education through our 
>league for Human Rights.
>We are profoundly disturbed by the appearance on your  inymedia.org 
>website the following posting:
>As you can see, the posting contains the scurrilous Protocols of the 
>Elders of Zion forgery. This screed has been used for over 100 years to 
>incite hatred and violence against Jews. Hitler used it. The Aryan Nations 
>use it. It is dangerous, and it has no place on yours or any other 
>website. Its presence discredits your organization, and blemishes the 
>constructive work you do.
>Our organization at this time requests that you remove the inciteful 
>article immediately.
>It is imperative to the continuing credibility of your organization that 
>you respond to this request as soon as possible.
>I can be reached by phone at 416-529-4699.
>Arieh Rosenblum