Six charged over Facebook abuse of Giffnock Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Police in Glasgow have charged six people over the creation of antisemitic Facebook page that mocked the Jewish community of Giffnock.

The page, which attracted nearly 1,000 "likes" while it remained live, was called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

The page's profile picture was a photograph of the late Rev Ernest Levy, a Holocaust survivor and a prominent Glasgow communal leader.

Its creator joked: "They have a Gaelic translation in the train station, Hebrew would have been more appropriate."

Fans of the page posted comments ranging from "Jewish scum" to "F*** the Jewish Zionist" while another person wrote: "Hebrew is not needed in the train station [because] all the Jews are f***ing rich c**** they have gold plated Bentleys."

Five adults and a child have now been charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations.

Police made the arrests on Friday after searching homes in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire and seizing computers.

Chief Inspector Alan Murray, said he hoped it would demonstrate "that Strathclyde Police will not tolerate hate crimes of any kind".

He said: "It should cause anyone who believes they can get away with this sort of behaviour to think again."

The Community Security Trust welcomed the arrests. "Glaswegian Jews should be reassured that local Police take anti-Semitism seriously, and that they are working with CST and the rest of the Jewish community in tackling it when it does arise," said a spokesman. "The spread of all types of hatred on social networking sites and similar media is a growing problem. So, it is hoped that this innovative investigation...will provide a helpful precedent for all of society."

Last updated: 3:26pm, May 16 2012