Rabbi Abraham Cooper - Digital Hate

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 15:15

For the last 20 years, The Simon Wiesenthal Center Digital Terrorism and Hate Project has been tracking how extremist groups leverage internet technologies to promote their hateful and violent agenda. The Wiesenthal Center does not see legislation or other government intervention as playing the primary role in addressing this disturbing trend, but rather companies like Facebook and Twitter. A PowerPoint overview of our findings that point to pivotal role that social networking should but be but are not effectively playing in addressing the growing crisis.

Biography: Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members. He has been a longtime activist for Jewish and human rights' causes on five continents.

Since 1977, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center's international social action agenda and worldwide promotion of tolerance education. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to Digital Hate and Terrorism. Rabbi Cooper has interfaced with religious and political leaders in Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Japan, Philippines and India. He has coordinated international conferences at UNESCO, Berlin, Geneva and multi-faith conferences on religion and terrorism in Bali and Mumbai. He has testified before the United Nations, US Senate, Japanese Diet, the French Parliament, and the OSCE.

Rabbi Cooper is the project manager of the Center's historical exhibition written by Professor Robert Wistrich entitled, People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of The Jewish People with The Holy Land, that opens in 2 weeks at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

His op-eds appear internationally in the secular and Jewish media. Newsweek/Daily Beast lists Rabbi Cooper together with Rabbi Hier as #8 among the top 50 most influential Rabbis in the United States.

He is a founding member of Israel's Global Forum on anti-Semitism.

Location: 
University of Southern California