The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has signed a petition, co-sponsored by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Association of Holocaust Organizations, that has more than 90,000 education institutions, museums and individuals throughout the world, demanding that Facebook immediately stop hosting Holocaust-denial pages on its social media platform.
“We teach that you must stand up for humanity and dignity with moral courage,” said Holocaust Commission Director Elena Baum. “It is in this spirit that the members of the Association of Holocaust Organizations, and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, have called upon Facebook to do the right thing and stop giving Holocaust-denial a place on its platform.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently expressed that his platform would not remove false news and content pages, such as ones posted by Holocaust-deniers, because, “I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.”
The Virginia Beach-based group's leader disagrees.
“It is disappointing that Facebook and its executives do not see that allowing Holocaust denial pages on their platform in the name of 'freedom of expression' gives credence to the idea that all opinions are valid and that there can be some sort of debate on this issue,” said Baum. “Holocaust-denial is a thinly-veiled form of antisemitism and hate speech, which causes harm by encouraging hatred and sometimes, violence.”
The Holocaust is the most extensively-documented genocide in human history.
Conducted by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II, more than six million European Jews were murdered as part of Adolf Hitler’s "Final Solution." This systematic extermination came about because the Nazis believed they were “racially superior” to the “inferior” Jewish people.