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Australia Bans Doxxing Following Attacks on Jewish Professionals

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney, Friday 31, March 2023. Photo: AAPIMAGE via Reuters Connect

Australia’s government announced on Tuesday a ban on doxxing — the act of leaking someone’s personal information online — responding to its use against Jewish professionals who support Israel.

The measure follows Pro-Palestinian activists distributing last year a document listing the names of nearly a 1,000 Jews who were members of a “group chat” in the popular online messaging application WhatsApp, prompting waves of hate mail.

“The increasing use of online platforms to harm people through practices like doxxing, the malicious release of their personal information without their permission, is a deeply disturbing development,” Australia attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said in statements quoted by Associated Press. “The recent targeting of members of the Australian Jewish community through those practices like doxxing was shocking, but, sadly, this is far from being an isolated incident.”

The prohibitive measure will mandate the levying of fines on doxxers and require social media companies to remove from their websites the information they illicitly procured and shared, Associated Press reported.

Daniel Aghion, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry commended the government’s action and committed to “working with the government to ensure the full extent of the harm caused is understood and that the new laws effectively protect Australians from this shameful and dangerous practice,” AP added.

As The Algemeiner has previously reported, hundreds of attacks on Jews — digital, political, and physical — have taken place in Australia since Hamas’ massacre across southern Israel on Oct. 7. Antisemitic activity there has risen over 400 percent, including explosions of hate such as Nov.’s attack on a Jewish man in a park in Sydney, as well as vandalism and threats of gun violence.

Last week, far-left politician Jenny Leong, spread conspiracies about the “tentacles” of a so-called “Jewish lobby and…Zionist lobby” influencing policy, an insidious expression of antisemitic demagoguery that was once limited to the fringes of the political spectrum but has now become mainstream in the pro-Palestinian movement.

“They [the Jewish and Zionist lobby] rock up to every community meeting and event to offer that connection because their tentacles reach into the areas that try and influence power and I think that we need to call that out and expose that,” Leong continued.

Australian leaders have called on the country to reject antisemitism, while in January, the Federal Parliament passed legislation banning Nazi paraphernalia and the pantomiming of Nazi salutes in public.

“This is the first legislation of its kind and will ensure no one in Australia will be allowed to glorify or profit from acts and symbols that celebrate the Nazis and their evil ideology,” Mark Dreyfus said in a statement explaining the law.

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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