Five men and a 15-year-old youth have been arrested in East Renfrewshire and Glasgow after anti-Semitic remarks were posted on social network site Facebook.
Almost 50 police officers raided seven addresses after complaints from members of the Jewish community in Giffnock.
It followed a number of offensive posts on a page entitled: “Welcome to Israel, only kidding you’re in Giffnock.”
The six people arrested were charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations.
One other man was detained and later released without charge pending further inquiry.
Ch Insp Alan Murray, of Strathclyde Police, said: “This was a very complex and protracted inquiry that required assistance from many departments of Strathclyde Police and the support of the procurator fiscal at Paisley.
“I hope it clearly demonstrates that Strathclyde Police will not tolerate hate crimes of any kind.
“It should cause anyone who believes they can get away with this sort of behaviour to think again.”
The Community Security Trust (CST), which helps protect the Jewish community in the UK, said: “CST welcomes the arrests of suspects regarding alleged anti-Semitic statements.
“Glaswegian Jews should be reassured that local police take anti-Semitism seriously…
Let me clarify what constitutes an anti-semitic hate crime, so that the Strathclyde police, and the paranoid Jews over there, can educate themselves:
Throwing rocks at Jews = anti-semitic hate crime.
Vandalizing a synagogue = anti-semitic hate crime.
Physically assaulting Jews or threatening them with violence = anti-semitic hate crime.
Murdering Jews = anti-semitic hate crime.
Saying bad things about Jews on the internet ≠ anti-semitic hate crime.
I’m deeply offended by the draconian laws against free speech in the U.K. I’m offended that it’s completely permissible to write disparaging words about the native population of the U.K., and that it’s even encouraged. I hope some of the citizens of Strathclyde read this, and that they post it on Facebook.
Meanwhile, as the over-sensitive Jews of Strathclyde worry about negative comments on Facebook, the founder of Facebook (a Jew himself), has married an Asian woman. While negative comments about Jews on Facebook pose no threat to our survival as a people, Jews marrying non-Jews poses a very grave threat. An intelligent, and extremely wealthy, man like Zuckerberg could have easily found himself a nice Jewish wife. Instead, he chose to serve as a bad example and marry out. Shame on him; he gets a thumbs down from me.