The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI)
is Australia’s first Harm Prevention Charity entirely
dedicated to the problem of Internet based antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, hateagainst other groups and the cyberbullying of individuals. This online hate can lead to suicide, self harm, mental harm and the exclusion of targeted people and groups from society which damagesour society as a whole.
OHPI grew out of part of the work previously undertaken by the Zionist Federation of Australia’s
Community Internet Engagement Project (CIE).
The CIE project undertook some of the world’s
leading research and advocacy into the problem of online antisemitism. Under the CIE project DrAndre Oboler,
now OHPI’s CEO,
briefed an Italian Parliamentary hearing into antisemitism, served asco-chair of the Online Antisemitism Working Group of the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism(run by the Israeli Government), and was an expert panellist for the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to
Combat Antisemitism’s (ICCA) conference in Ottawa hosted by the Canadian Government.
Thisimportant work has continued, and as CEO of OHPI Dr Oboler: presented in Poland at the 11thInternational Seminar on Antisemitism; presented at the World Jewish Congress Assembly inHungary; and continued to serve as co-chair of the Online Antisemitism Working Group of the GlobalForum to Combat Antisemitism and as a memb
er of the Global Forum’s steering group.OHPI continued the CIE project’s tradition of world class research, campaigns, and analysis intoantisemitism. OHPI’s first report led to the removal of over 1,500 antisemitic YouTube videos.
Another report provide
d the first systematic review of Facebook’s treatment of antisemitic content,highlighting that it wasn’t just Holocaust denial they refused to remove, but also classical
antisemitism such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Campaigns highlighted Faceb
ook’s rejectionof serious hate, such as the picture of Anne Frank with the caption “What’s that burning? Oh it’s myfamily”. OHPI also responded to New Antisemitism, where images compared Israel to Nazi Germany
or called for the destruction of the Jewish state.Under OHPI
the work against hate expanded beyond antisemitism. A major report into “AboriginalMemes” examined online hate against Indigenous Australians, primarily on Facebook. OHPI also
presented on this work at a symposium into racism run by the Immigration Museum in Melbourneand in a guest lecture for law students at Monash University. Another report examined hate directedagainst the ANZACs and military veterans in the lead up to ANZAC day 2013. During the first yearwork also began on a major report into online hate against the Muslim community. Campaigns wererun to support both reports and the report into hate against Indigenous Australians was promoted
by SBS News. OHPI’s reports have also included recommendations for change by social media
companies which have been considered and sometimes adopted
helping to mitigate the problem.Perhaps the most d
istressing parts of OHPI’s work,
has been a series of reports into Facebook pagesmocking the death of children who have died in tragic circumstances. These reports are usually
written within days of the children’s death. These reports have been shared with law enforcement
and relevant government departments. The distress these pages cause to the family and friends of those who have died is obvious and a stronger response is urgently needed to tackle this problem.Those behind these pages appear consider themselves above the law and attack new victims each
The ICCA also produced the London Declaration against Antisemitism which leaders of both Australian majorparties have now signed up to