Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

For the last seven years, I have used your social media service for various reasons. It connected me to two of my best friends who no longer live in the United States. It opened my eyes to differing opinions and points of view by allowing me to see what my friends post on their walls. It gives me an outlet to speak my mind and to share my thoughts on topics ranging from domestic politics to the Arab-Israeli conflict. I could not be more thankful for what your services have done to connect me to people that I care about.

However, I am appalled by Facebook’s insistence to allow a violent, anti-Semitic, and threatening group to remain on social media. I cannot believe that a group that calls for the death of the Jews, your own people for that matter, does not violate Facebook’s “Community Standards.” As a fellow AEPi brother, I am disgusted that your company not only calls this group socially acceptable, but it endangers the lives of our brothers, our brothers’ families, and more importantly, our people as a whole. For this reason, I am writing this letter to you in hopes that you read it well and understand why I cannot accept the existence of such a page.

Forget about what is happening in the Middle East for a second. Forget about your opinions on the matter. Forget about what has been “trending” on Facebook for the last two or three weeks. This group emits the same hatred that led the Jewish people to the gas chambers. This group spews the same hateful propaganda that rationalized an intellectual population to carry out a systematic genocide against another race in the name of “nationalism.” This group produces the same vile hatred that has troubled your people for millennia under the false premises that the Jewish people are the cause of all of the world’s problems. To make these opinions socially acceptable under Facebook’s “Community Standards” is not only an insult to our people, but it is also an insult to humanity and those who have died for no other reason but for being who they are.

It should not be politically correct to give anti-Semites a voice and an outlet to call for murdering Jews. It should not be acceptable for a social media service to allow such blatant Jew-hatred, or any hatred for that matter. This is not a matter of allowing open dialogue and fruitful discussions on a conflict that has troubled the region for decades; this is a matter of common decency and human dignity. I speak for the millions of Jews who are scared to death to stand up for their people, to stand up for the Jewish state, and to stand up for their right to self-determination on Facebook, in part because of groups like these that fester such undeniably anti-Semitic opinions and claim that the man responsible for killing SIX MILLION Jews was “right” all along.

So Mark Zuckerberg, if you read this letter, I hope that you take my words to heart and do the courageous thing. Do the humane thing. Do the right thing. Remove all Facebook pages that call for the death of the Jewish people. It is times like these where our people need to come together and support one another. I urge you, my brother, to answer the call and stand against the blatant Jew-hatred that has plagued us for millennia and has only gotten stronger in the last few weeks.

Most fraternally,


About the Author
Elliott Hamilton is a JD/MPH candidate at Boston College Law School and Tufts University School of Medicine. He was credited as a researcher in the 2016 film "Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus."