"Within five minutes, any intelligent, open-minded person can be convinced that the Holocaust gassings of World War II are a profitable hoax," states an anti-Semitic Christian website in a document titled "Is the Holocaust a Hoax?"
Anti-Semitism in academic guise
"While in the world there are only close to 100 'professional' Holocaust deniers, the Internet is creating a phenomenon of empowering the issue of anti-Semitism and racism throughout the years," says Eli Hacohen, a journalist and the professional director of the Orange Institute For Internet Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Hacohen has been investigating the Web's cultural-social effects and closely monitoring the issue of online anti-Semitism for the past 18 years.
"The large companies at the core of the Internet allow the racist and anti-Semitic activity to take place, raising many questions," he notes, adding that "since the establishment of the first anti-Semitic website in 1995, Stormfront.org, we can see a clear trend of development and increase in online anti-Semitism."
Memes of hatred
It appears that racist activity and hate groups have always been and will continue to be on the Internet, but is it actually a growing phenomenon which should raise real concern?
Hackers vs. Israel
The anti-Semitic activity on the Web is not only expressed in hate groups and offensive publications, but in hacking activity as well. Despite the commotion and attention the hate groups attract, most of the anti-Semitic activity involving breaking into websites is not particularly sophisticated: Hackers interested in promoting an anti-Semitic ideology advance and improve search results (search engine optimization) in order to promote racist and anti-Israel content.
Taking advantage of law's limitations
Like in other cases of cyber crimes, such as piracy and pornography, the legal and law enforcement authorities are facing real difficulties dealing with the problem. The global nature of the Internet makes it very difficult to create clear laws and enforcement rules which will stop and limit the distribution of malicious content, and cyber-racial activity tends to originate in countries with more lenient regulations.