DW comment section turned off after a torrent of antisemitic comments

The Deutche Welle had to turn off commenting under the image of the victorious German women’s soccer team due to antisemitic comments.

Deutche Welle had to turn off commenting under the image of the victorious German women’s soccer team due to antisemitic comments.

The German women’s soccer team claimed an impressive 7–0 win against the Israeli team. Nevertheless, commenting has been turned off under the image posted on the DW Bundesliga Kick off Facebook page due to malevolent antisemitic comments. Based on the names, most of the comments supposedly came from Muslim users. Many posted the Palestinian flag beside the German one, or called the Israeli state “nothing”. “The only women’s soccer team that I support is the German women’s team because they destroy the world’s only apartheid state”, says one post. This is when the German public state-owned international broadcaster turned off the commenting section with the following comment:

“This is Fanny Wozniak, from France. Look at her face. Just a child, like any other. Like your sister, like your friend, like your daughter. Fanny was murdered at Auschwitz for being Jewish. She was only 15. If you’re about to make an antisemitic comment, or a comment which refers to the Holocaust, we’d recommend you understand what did it mean to be sent to a concentration camp in the Second World War. This is what you’re making fun of: Being sent to death marches, being sent to gas chambers, being shot and buried in mass graves. You’re mocking men, women and children who were brutally murdered. Start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN54KXEnxf4 Just stating the obvious: We will NOT tolerate any antisemitic/Holocaust-demeaning comment. Users who make such comments will be blocked immediately. In the event that too many such comments will be made, the post will be blocked for comments entirely. This is a page based in Germany, the country from which the Nazis planned their horrible crimes against Jews, Sinti & Roma, the LGBT+ community and others. We remember Fanny and all the others murdered by Nazi Germany. You should, too.”

 

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