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BOARD PROTEST AT OFFENSIVE MOBILE PHONE LOGO

Last updated: 2002-11-25

The Board of Deputies last week wrote to the owners of a website offering a highly offensive mobile phone logo. The site, owned by a company called “CardBoard Fish”, offers an array of downloadable logos, one of which portrays an aeroplane, twin towers, a skull and crossbones, and a Jewish Star of David.

Such a logo upholds a particularly disturbing conspiracy theory which blames the Jewish people for the atrocities of September 11. Much of the Arab media asserts that thousands of Jewish employees were aware in advance of the planned attacks and stayed away from work at the World Trade Centre. Some even claim that the planes used in the attacks were not hijacked at all, but were directed by a remote control developed by a Jewish-owned company.

Board Public Affairs Director Fiona Macaulay said:
“It is totally unacceptable for a British website to offer a free mobile phone logo which reinforces a vicious anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. At a time when government and communal organisations such as the Board are working to promote interfaith education and tolerance, such a logo is likely to reinforce hostility towards Jewish people. We expect to see its immediate removal.”