“International Punch a Jew in the Face Day”

Yep, this was an actual event on Facebook. To their credit, Facebook administrators have now removed the event, but the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) has a screencap and full lists of the “confirmed guests” and those who were “maybe attending.” They’ve published their names to ensure that college admissions offices and future employers can Google them and find their connection to this despicable display of anti-Semitism.

JIDF points out that Arab and Muslim names abound in the ranks of this event’s supporters. I’ve also noted that many of them are attending schools in Western countries (particularly Australia and the United Kingdom). More about the young Arab anti-Semites and Islamists who are infiltrating Western civilization beneath the fold…

- One of the administrators, Elias Youssef, attends Terra Sancta College, a “progressive co-educational Catholic school” in Australia.

- Sajid Haque, who thought the event was “fucking brilliant,” attends Avondale College, another Christian school in Australia [see correction below].

- Faisal Ahmed attends Longley Park Sixth Form College in the United Kingdom. He is a fan of a recently created page called Muslim First….. Nationality Second! He is also a fan of Barack Obama.

- Zubair Zp attended Park Lane College (now Leeds City College) in the United Kingdom. He is a fan of a page called I HATE POLICE.

- Kassim Assadi attends the University of Technology, Sydney. Also a fan of Barack Obama.

- Hassan Krayani either is now attending or has attended Punchbowl Boys High School in Australia. He belongs to groups called FUCK THE POLICE…., lets see if 100,000,000 who hate Israel, and — you might want to sit down for this one — FucK IsRaeL we wiiiLL Do iiT LiiKe HeTLeR we MusT BuRN iiSRaeL. He, too, is a fan of Barack Obama.

- Sohail Monay Adnaan was excited about the event, too. He has attended schools in the United Kingdom. He is a fan of a page called SOLDIERS OF ALLAH UNITE AGAINST BNP & EVERY1 WHO’S AGAINST MUSLIMS, which declared on November 23: “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed….!!” A commenter, Koal Begum, said on November 16 that she was so “ANGRY DAT [she] COULD KILL 4 [her] PPL OF ISLAM.” Adnaan and Begum are both fans of I HATE POLICE. Adnaan is also a fan of Barack Obama. Just sayin’.

Concluding thought #1: This list is by no means exhaustive. Frankly, I stopped when I couldn’t take it anymore. Feel free to dig in and dredge some stuff up in the comments or on your own blog.

Concluding thought #2: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, call your office. Seriously. There were a slew of others that I didn’t include in the above list and the vast majority were in Australia. I realize that the event was created by Australian students and would thus be disproportionately Australian, but still.

Concluding thought #3: The fact that one of the event administrators goes to a college that describes itself as “progressive,” “inviting,” and “inclusive” surpries no one. The fact that it is Catholic is a bit perplexing, though.

Concluding thought #4: Why are so many of these anti-Semites — particularly the guy who wants to “Do iiT LiiKe HeTLeR” — fans of Barack Obama? Obviously there’s nothing he can do about that. But what precisely is it about him that attracts the support of anti-Semites, Arab nationalists, and Islamists?

Concluding thought #5: Although Catholic by religion I have Jewish heritage and I’m a proud Zionist, so if any of y’all are still looking for a Jew to punch in the face, let’s roll.

CORRECTION: Kevin Judge, the Director of Student Services at Avondale College in Australia, has contacted me to inform me that Sajid Haque does not attend and in fact has never attended Avondale College in Australia. It seems that I mistook Avondale College in Australia for a different Avondale College. (There is at least one more, in New Zealand, but I cannot confirm at this time that Sajid Haque attends this Avondale College either). I deeply regret the error and I apologize to the students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Avondale College in Australia for this case of mistaken identity.

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  • JIDF  On December 13, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Hi – thanks for covering this and for your extended analysis. You might have been too quick to give Facebook credit, though. In our experience, Facebook is notoriously slow or negligent when dealing with these, and other concerns. We believe the event was canceled by the event creators after activists contacted the creators of the event directly, as Facebook never reacts this quickly (that is, when they bother reacting…)

    • Nate Nelson  On December 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks for the clarification. I’m really not too familiar with Facebook’s past in this regard, but I’m acquainting myself with JIDF’s past coverage.

      Thanks for everything you guys do! Unfortunately this kind of activism is necessary because it seems that the world has forgotten (or never learned) the lessons of the Holocaust.

  • shoshana  On December 14, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Thank you so much for covering this. I found out thru atlasshrugs. I will be taking down the UK names.

    And a big thanks to the guy who said he was a Catholic with Jewish family and a true zionist, who would take on any mohamedan cowards.

  • King Ahasuerus (Xerxes)  On December 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I just wanted to let everyone know that December 22-23 happens to *also* be the International Kill-a-Jew-Hater day~!

    As the one who originally started this festival many thousands of years ago, I thought it apropos to bring this International celebration back!

    Too bad that they didn’t celebrate this event in the German Weimar Republic during the 1930’s: many, many people would still be alive today, if they had…..

    Let the celebrations, begin!

  • bloodline  On December 15, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Face Punching is fun weather its a jew, arab or whatever.. There should be more sites like this. “All we need issss….. is a punch in the face”

  • Bob  On December 17, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Isn’t it funny how all of a sudden its the “schools” fault and people are so quick to jump on the places they have or currently attend, instead of laying blame on the people themselvs. out of all of the istitutions mentioned none of them have stated anywhere on ther websites in their policies and mision statements that they are anti-jewish. Why people judge the majority of people from a country, ie Australia, on a small minority will never cease to amaze me.

    • Nate Nelson  On December 17, 2009 at 1:03 am

      I am not saying that these schools are responsible for this anti-Semitism. I simply don’t know enough about these schools to make that kind of judgment, but I strongly suspect that none of them are (at least openly) anti-Semitic.

      That’s not really the point I was making. First, I published the schools these people attend and the countries in which they reside to call these individuals to the attention of the citizens, and hopefully politicians, of these countries. This is clearly a serious problem that should be addressed.

      But the other point I was making — by pointing out that Terra Sancta College describes itself as “progressive,” “inclusive,” and “inviting” — is that these are all code words for the political correctness regime that forbids criticism of Islam and even, in some cases, Islamism. While these schools and these countries may not be directly responsible for anti-Semitism, they indirectly enable such attitudes and behaviors when they refuse to allow criticism of Islam and Islamism in the name of sacrosanct political correctness. While we’re being politically correct, they’re talking about punching Jews in the face. There’s something wrong with this picture.

  • Kevin  On December 17, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Sajid Haque is NOT a student at Avondale College and has not attended Avondale College.

    Avondale College does not endorse the views expressed and wishes to disassociate itself from any views & opinions regarding this event

    Avondale College is a Christian higher education institution that stands for the values of respect, tolerance, and non-violence and should an Avondale student demonstrate ethnic hatred, bullying, or intimidation to others Avondale’s discipline policy would apply.

    • Nate Nelson  On December 17, 2009 at 1:15 am

      Kevin – I apologize for the delay in the publication of your comment. For whatever reason it was classified as spam and I didn’t notice it until now.

      Regarding Sajid Haque, I was clearly mistaken in saying that he attends Avondale College in Australia. I regret the error and will issue a correction.

  • Dano  On December 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Nate,

    I’m glad you covered this, it brought alot of things to my attention that I did not realize.

    However I wanted to discuss something with you.

    While you did an excellent job covering the facebook event you seemed to disregard what the JIDF did in response.

    From my perspective it appears the JIDF essentially published a “hit-list” of people in the group/event.

    I’m not saying that I agree with the people in the event, but I think freedom off speech covers both “Tasteful and distasteful” speech. I also believe that had anyone followed through with what the event was stating they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    But I very strongly disagree with any organization who “wants” people to be persecuted for their views as the JIDF seem to demonstrate.

    I’d like to discuss this with you further, in a more private environment, if you’d like.

    ~Dan

    • Nate Nelson  On December 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

      Hey Dan. I do see where you’re coming from, and exactly what you’re saying did cross my mind when I started working on this story.

      The ultimate conclusion I came to was that, by joining this event, they opened themselves to public exposure and scrutiny. Nothing that either JIDF or I have published is private information; these individuals have made the information public for all the world to see either implicitly by joining Facebook in general or joining this event in particular, or explicitly depending on their Facebook privacy settings.

      I can’t speak for JIDF, but I absolutely condemn any harassment of or violence against these individuals. As to their employment prospects, they should have thought about that before they joined an event that is blatantly anti-Semitic. Public behavior has personal consequences and that’s just how life works, in my view.

    • Nate Nelson  On December 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

      One other thing, regarding freedom of speech protecting tasteful and distasteful speech.

      I agree with you, but there is a counter point to be made here. I can respect these people’s right to say they want to punch a Jew in the face, but I also have the freedom of speech to publish information about them that they have chosen to make public. I certainly acknowledge their right to this kind of distasteful speech, but I also think that JIDF and I have the right to criticize and expose by posting information about these individuals that was public already and available for all the world to see if only they looked.

  • Jaymie Halyk  On December 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Ultimately, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this topic for the last several hours. Your site is greatly treasured.

  • Bob Johanson  On December 23, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Ok i think this is very wrong to want to punch a jew in the face or to even make such a violent act an event, but Barrack Obama DOES NOT support ant semitism or any type of racism, and to make a claim leading to that is just as wrong as this incident. Please do not blame someone just because the people who started the incident have a page of him, alot of facebook users randomly add pages just for the fun of it, never thinking through what they are joining.

    Sincerly, Bob Johanson

    • Nate Nelson  On December 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

      Bob, I never said Barack Obama was anti-Semitic or racist. I said that anti-Semites were fans of him on Facebook, and as you can clearly see in this post that is the case.

      To be clear, though, I didn’t even intend to imply that Obama is an anti-Semite. Rather, I think anti-Semites, particularly Islamist anti-Semites, are attracted to Obama because he has weakened the American alliance with Israel and kissed up to the world’s Islamists. But I don’t think he did that because he’s anti-Semitic. I think he did it because he’s an idiot.

  • estetik  On April 8, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Thank you so much for covering this. I found out thru atlasshrugs. I will be taking down the UK names.
    And a big thanks to the guy who said he was a Catholic with Jewish family and a true zionist, who would take on any mohamedan cowards.
    tre

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