Facebook have taken down a page entitled “The Invasion of Jews in Midleton” because of its anti-Semitic nature. Midleton is a small town in County Cork
The existence of the site was first revealed on IrishCentral.com yesterday. Since then the Jerusalem Post and many other world wide Jewish newspapers have followed up.
The site, with anti-Semitism comments and stereotypes of Jews was related to the visit on vacation of a group of orthodox Jews to Midleton in County Cork.
The creator invited people to join “if you have escaped being captured by the Jews in Midleton in the last few days. :)” and warned readers to “be carful [sic] of their teeth! :O.”
In what is seen as a reference to the Nazi gas chambers, one respondent wrote: “Apparently they were originally meant to stay in Killarney…but they refused to go through Ovens”.
Ovens is also the name of a nearby town.
A key representative of Ireland’s Jewish community said the creation of the page, titled the invasion of Jews in Midleton, was “horrific” and “very sad”.
Fred Rosehill, the chairman of the trustees of Cork’s Jewish community, said he was deeply upset.
“The strictly Orthodox dress brings attention of course, but it doesn’t warrant this.
“There is no reason to accept any form of anti-Semitism.”
He added: “The reference to Ovens is quite startling
Rosehill stated that such an incident was very unusual in Cork and said that a visit by a separate Israeli group this week to the area had prompted no problems.
He said the site was most likely “teenagers being a bit stupid” he said: “It does worry me for the community in Cork”.
The Cork Jewish community was founded in 1880 but only a few families remain, although regular services are still held.
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