Special CLBR: Hate and the Internet with Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Hate and the Internet

with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

 

About Rabbi Cooper

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members.  For over a quarter of a century, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda ranging from worldwide antisemitism, Nazi war crimes and restitution, to extremist groups and tolerance education. His trailblazing work in Asia has helped counter negative stereotypes about Jews and open new venues in dialogue and intergroup relations throughout the continent.
Rabbi Cooper has testified before the United Nations (where the Center is an official NGO) in New York and Geneva, presented testimony to the US Congress, the Japanese Diet, the French Parliament and regularly interacts with Israeli leaders on issues of concern to world Jewry. In February 2004, Rabbi Cooper traveled to Khartoum and was the first Jewish leader to meet with the leadership of Sudan including President Al Bashir to discuss human rights and terrorism related issues.

Rabbi Cooper and Digital Hate

He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to digital hate and the Internet, overseeing for over a decade the Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project:
  • supervising the Center’s entry into the digital age through http://www.wiesenthal.com; and
  • creating the innovative AskMusa.com, a multilingual website designed to familiarize Moslems around the world to the values of the Jewish people.
In April 1995, the first extremist website went online: Today, the Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terror and Hate 2.0 identifies some 8,000 problematic hate and terrorist websites and other internet postings.

Voice of American Video on Digital Terrorism and Hate Project


About the Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem.

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE – LOS ANGELES

www.museumoftolerance.com
The Center’s educational arm, founded in 1993 challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. The Museum has served over 5 million visitors with 350,000 visiting annually including 150,000 students. Over 1.5 million children and youth have participated in the Museum experience and its programs. Over 200,000 adults have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs which include Tools for Tolerance®, Teaching Steps to Tolerance, Task Force Against Hate, National Institute Against Hate Crimes, Tools for Tolerance for Teens and Bridging the Gap.

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE – JERUSALEM
www.motj.com
A multi-faceted educational institution and social laboratory in the heart of Jerusalem that speaks to the world and confronts today’s important issues – like global antisemitism, extremism, hate, human dignity, and responsibility, and promoting unity and respect among Jews and people of all faiths. A place that teaches that greater than any external threat is the internal divide that separates and reinforces the idea that Jewish unity is not a slogan, but an essential recipe for survival in the 21st century. Housing two experiential museums, one for adults and one for children, a state-of-the-art International Conference Center, Grand Hall, Education Center offering training programs and seminars given by outstanding teachers, rabbis and experts, and a Theater for the Performing Arts hosting important films and concerts.

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE – NEW YORK
www.museumoftolerancenewyork.com
The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community. Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Museum of Tolerance – New York provides participants with an intense educational and experiential daylong training program. Over 10,000 adults have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs which include Tools for Tolerance®, Teaching Steps to Tolerance, Task Force Against Hate, National Institute Against Hate Crimes, Tools for Tolerance for Teens and Bridging the Gap.

MORIAH FILMS
www.moriahfilms.com
The film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was created to produce theatrical documentaries to educate both national and international audiences. It focuses on the 3,500-year old Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights and ethics issues. Moriah has produced 11 films to date, two of which have received the Academy Award for best feature documentary, The Long Way Home (1997) and Genocide (1981).

CAMPUS OUTREACH
iact.wiesenthal.org
The Campus Outreach division was created to forge strategic alliances with campus groups, faculty, staff and students, to foster a new awareness of contemporary human rights, social justice and ethics in today’s college and university students. By exposing the truth behind anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, by promoting human rights and dignity, by standing firmly with Israel, and by celebrating our unique identity as Jews, campus outreach is creating a strong and effective presence on campuses nationwide and giving a voice to the next generation of global human rights activists.

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