Since being released by an anonymous creator in early June, the Mapping Project – a pictorial web of alleged connections between groups in Massachusetts and the State of Israel – has been widely denounced by critics who said it represented dangerous mapping and anti-Semitism of the state’s Jewish community. that could make organizations vulnerable to attack.
Now, a leading anti-hate organization – the Anti-Defamation League – wants Project Mapping removed from its internet server and wants help from the Icelandic government to do so.
The project posted an online map of supposed connections between organizations that its authors said supported Israel or had ties to the Jewish nation.
What fell under this definition was broad: the map listed the names and addresses of “Zionist leaders,” politicians, financial groups and media companies, in addition to schools in cities with large Jewish populations, police departments who had no clear connection to Israel and local elected offices.
Each of the entities — which included groups of synagogues and Jewish day schools — could be “disrupted” and “dismantled,” the authors said.
Critics condemned the map as “dangerous and irresponsible”, which could expose those listed to harm. An international Palestinian rights group has distanced itself from local Boston supporters who posted the map on social media.
Since its publication, the online map has been removed from two different host servers, according to the Anti-Defamation League, one of the nation’s leading anti-hate Jewish community advocates.
The Anti-Defamation League said the map is now on a server in Iceland. In a letter to the country’s foreign minister on Wednesday, the organization demanded that Icelandic officials intervene to help remove the Mapping project from the server.
Writing to Minister Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, the Anti-Defamation League urged Iceland “to take immediate action against the source of a threat to the Jewish community in the Boston, Massachusetts area.”
“By calling for both the ‘dismantling’ of Jewish institutions, including a high school and an arts group, while simultaneously publishing their addresses and contact details, the site serves as a call to action against dozens of institutions and organizations. ‘Jewish individuals,’ wrote Anti-Defamation league director Jonathan Greenblatt. “While we deeply respect freedom of expression, this website crosses the line of specific threats against individuals and institutions.”
The Anti-Defamation League, other Jewish groups and politicians from across the ideological spectrum have spoken out against the map since its release.
In a joint statement, Sens. of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey said that “in this time of rising anti-Semitism, racist attacks and political violence, this ‘mapping’ of the Jewish community is dangerous and irresponsible”.
New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, called the plan “an anti-Semitic and dangerous attack on the rights and freedoms of American Jews” and said it would “ignite anti-Semitic hatred and violence” locally and abroad.
“It’s just scary to me,” said Rep. Jake Auchincloss, a Democrat from Massachusetts. “It taps into age-old anti-Semitic tropes about nefarious Jewish wealth, control, conspiracy, media relations and political strings.”
Auchincloss represents an area of Greater Boston with a significant Jewish community, including the town of Newton, where the police department and public school system were tagged on the mapping project.
“Citting names and keeping lists, which has a very sinister history in Judaism, in terms of targeting, is very irresponsible. [The group] must take that down and apologize,” he said.
The map is currently hosted on the server of 1984 Hosting, an Icelandic company, the Anti-Defamation League said.
“ADL notified 1984 Hosting of the threat,” the organization said, “but the company took no action, despite the clear violation of its terms of service.”
“We deeply regret the apparent indifference of Icelandic officials to this threat to the Jewish community,” the Anti-Defamation League continued, calling on Iceland to take “prompt action to prevent the hosting of this website.” .