An anti-Semitic hashtag has become the third most popular hashtag in France on Twitter, and organizations are speaking out against it. A French nonprofit corporation, SOS Racisme, was “considering” whether to make complaints against some Twitter users.
On October 10, the hashtag UnBonJuif, which means “a good Jew”, suddenly became the third most popular hashtag. There were tweets like these:
- a picture of an emaciated Jewish woman taken in a Nazi concentration camp.
- “a good Jew is a dead Jew.”
The president of the Union of French Jewish Students, (UEJF) Jonathan Hayoun, called on Twitter to “put in place a new system to moderate” anti-Semitic tweets. Yesterday, the most popular hashtag in France was LaRafle, which means “the roundup”, which was also the title of a 2010 film about the Holocaust-era deportation of French Jews. The tweets were largely anti-Semitic and many denied the Holocaust. Twitter defined the LaRafle hashtag as “related to UnBonJuif.”