London Group Says Anti-Semitic, Racist Propaganda Spread through Computer Networks, Videos
Jones, Arthur, National Catholic Reporter
WASHINGTON - Electronic fascism - the spread of anti-Semitic and racist propaganda through computer networks and other electronic wares such as computer disks and videocassettes - is the "growth area of |anti-Semitica'" in the 1990s, according to the London-based Institute of Jewish Affairs.
Much of the material is originated by U.S. neo-Nazi Gary Lauck and his National Socialist German Workers Party-Overseas Organization, according to the institute's 1994 Anti-Semitism World Report.
Further, the anti-Semitism making its way into world computer bulletin boards and electronic mailboxes, the institute states, is "more or less inaccessible to law-enforcement agencies." Barely present two years ago, "the distribution of racist and anti-Semitic computer games, videocassettes, racist telephone networks and hot lines, public-access television channels and radio programs" has mushroomed worldwide.
Examples of the developments, cited in the report:
* In Holland, police seized from more than 200 stores 10,000 computer games thought to have originated in the United States.
* Sweden has 15 to 20 active neo-Nazi computer bulletin boards.
* In Vienna, class presidents of two high schools received computer disks featuring propaganda "denying the existence of the gas chambers, trivializing the Holocaust or containing crude anti-Semitic attacks on Austrian politicians and journalists."
The 1994 report states that "rising intolerance and bigotry is linked to persistent economic and social problems; (and in Europe) the perceived influx of large numbers of immigrants and asylum seekers; the popularity of extreme nationalism; tension between ethnic groups; and the breakdown of traditional political structures and socially cohesive ideologies."
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Britain, the United States and Sweden all reported an increase in anti-Semitic incidents.
The Institute of Jewish Affairs contends the far right throughout the world has become "part of mainstream political life and cannot be easily dismissed. …