With the Labour Party in crisis over allegations of anti-Semitism, student unions on campus inciting the same through their systemically anti-Semitic BDS activities, online hate crime soaring and the ever dredful anxiety over when the next terrorist attack on the community will happen, it is entirely appropriate to ask what the law enforcers are doing about this? Are those charged with protecting us from such evil doing enough?
In Germany at least there appears to be some progress. The Berlin Police completed a large-scale raid on internet users on Wednesday. Officers targeted ten separate apartments in the German capital in the suburbs of Spandau, Tempelhof, Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Pankow.
The force confiscated mobile phones, narcotics and weapons. Nine suspects were arrested, aged 22-58, and are accused of posting hate messages, including anti-semitic slogans, on social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, reports Berliner Morgenpost.
This is perhaps ironic considering it came just the day before front page headlines appeared in London’s Evening Standard, accusing the Metropolitan Police, the largest police force in Britain, of ‘failing victims of hate crime’.
The Berlin Police meanwhile confirmed many of the suspects have what they consider a “right-extremist” background.
Police announced that the raids show those Germans who think they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to conduct their vile behaviour are not as safe as they might think. They say that anyone who spreads hate may be next on the list of apartments to be raided in the future.
58 police were involved in the raids and some illegal items were found. Police found one revolver handgun, though it was not mentioned if it had any ammunition or whether or not is was deactivated.
Berlin has seen a rapid increase in prosecutions for hate speech on the internet. In 2014 there were 196 investigations, while 2015 saw 289 cases. In the last six months there have been three raids prior to this one, but so far this has been the largest in scale.
Investigators have set up a special task force who work with the organization Network Against Nazis (NAN), headed by ex-stasi agent Anetta Kahani, to monitor internet postings across Germany.
A Berlin Police spokesman said that the team is constantly searching YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp and especially Facebook where most cases are pursued because users are forced to use their real names. He said the message of the raids is clear, “the internet is not above the law.”
The closest the British police have seemingly come to such activity is to issue an apparently menacing tweet, warning people not to get into trouble on-line.
As reported by Breitbart London, the Greater Glasgow Police offered internet users this helpful advice: “Think before you post or you may receive a visit from us this weekend. Use the internet safely. #thinkbeforeyoupost”.
Let us hope these words actually turn into action!