Twitter removes some anti-Semitic, racist posts after activist spray paints them on company’s German HQ

Shahak Shapira spray-painted insulting tweets on the ground at Twitter’s Berlin headquarters. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Shahak Shapira spray-painted insulting tweets on the ground at Twitter’s Berlin headquarters. (Screenshot from YouTube)

(JTA) – Twitter has removed a handful of racist tweets and suspended several accounts after a German-Israeli satirist spray painted about 30 of them outside the company’s headquarters in Hamburg.

Shahak Shapira used water soluble spray-paint to write the nearly 30 offensive tweets on Twitter’s building and on the ground around it. He claimed responsibility for the act on Monday in a tweet, which said: “I reported about 300 hate tweets. Twitter didn’t delete ’em, so I sprayed them in front of their office.” [Read more…]

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Twitter failed to delete some anti-Semitic posts. So this satirist spray-painted them on its German headquarters.

Shahak Shapira spray-painted insulting tweets on the ground at Twitter’s Berlin headquarters. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Shahak Shapira spray-painted insulting tweets on the ground at Twitter’s Berlin headquarters. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Shahak Shapira spray-painted insulting tweets on the ground at Twitter’s Berlin headquarters. (Screenshot from YouTube)

BERLIN (JTA) – The Berlin-based creator of the viral Yolocaust website spray-painted the German headquarters of Twitter with anti-Semitic posts that the social network failed to delete when he reported them.

Shahak Shapira, a 28-year-old Israeli German, released his own tweet on Monday claiming responsibility after first working anonymously. [Read more…]

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Books stolen during the Holocaust are being returned to their rightful heirs

BERLIN (JTA) – A new search in Germany for books stolen from Jews during the Third Reich is beginning to bear fruit.

Recently, a man in California who was the only survivor of the Holocaust in his family received a book from Germany that had been dedicated to him by a teacher. The only other things he has from his childhood are a piece of clothing and one family photo, the Deutsche Welle news agency reported.  [Read more…]

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Former Auschwitz guard, 96, fit to serve prison sentence

Oskar Groening at the first day of his trial in Luneberg, Germany, to face charges of being an accomplice to the murder of 300,000 at Auschwitz, April 21, 2015. (Andreas Tamme/Getty Images)

Oskar Groening at the first day of his trial in Luneberg, Germany, to face charges of being an accomplice to the murder of 300,000 at Auschwitz, April 21, 2015. (Andreas Tamme/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard is fit to serve a prison sentence, according to prosecutors in the German state of Hanover.

Oskar Groening was convicted and sentenced in July 2015 to four years in jail for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at the concentration camp in Poland. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal in November. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu’s attorney arrested in German sub corruption probe

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal attorney in a corruption investigation into the purchase of German submarines was placed under house arrest.

Police questioned David Shimron, 65, who is also a cousin and friend of Netanyahu, on Monday and placed him under house arrest for three days, it was announced Wednesday following the lifting of a gag order. He was among several people questioned this week, and at least six were arrested, in an investigation known as Case 3000. [Read more…]

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