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Holocaust Denial is a Form of Hate Speech


Raphael Cohen-Almagor

University of Hull, GB
About Raphael
Educator, researcher and human rights activist. He received his D. Phil. in political theory from Oxford University (1991). In 1992-1995 he lectured at the Hebrew University Law Faculty. He has served in various organizations, including as Chairperson of ‘The Second Generation to the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Organization’ in Israel (1985-1987); Founder and Director of the Medical Ethics Thinktank at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (1995-1998); member of the Israel Press Council (1997-2000), Chairperson of Library and Information Studies at the University of Haifa (2000-2003), and Founder and Director of the Center for Democratic Studies at the University of Haifa (2003-2007). Cohen-Almagor was the Yitzhak Rabin - Fulbright Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law and Dept. of Communication (1999-2000), Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University (2003-2004), and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2007-2008). Presently he is Chair in Politics. To date, he has published fifteen books, including two poetry books.
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In this short piece I wish to take issue with the assertion that Holocaust denial is not hateful per se. My aim is to show that it is, and therefore that Facebook should reconsider its position. All Internet providers and web-hosting companies whose terms of service disallow hateful messages on their servers should not host or provide forums for such hate-mongering. This is of urgent need as Holocaust denial is prevalent in Europe, the United States (USA) and across the Arab and Muslim parts of the world.

How to Cite: Cohen-Almagor, R., 2009. Holocaust Denial is a Form of Hate Speech. Amsterdam Law Forum, 2(1), pp.33–42. DOI:
Published on 14 Dec 2009.


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