August 10, 2021

Study: Antisemitic conspiracy myths in times of the corona pandemic: The example of Qanon

The study ′′Antisemitic conspiracy myths in times of the corona pandemic: The example of Qanon′′ was presented The Federal Association of Research and Information Centers Antisemitism eV (Federal Association RIAS) carried out the study for the American Jewish Committee Berlin Ramer Institute.

Historically, political and economic crises have always been accompanied by an increase in antisemitism. It is therefore by no means surprising that this could also be observed during the corona pandemic. The number of antisemitic crimes reached 2,351, the highest level since it was first recorded in 2001. In particular, with the start of government measures to contain the pandemic, antisemitic stereotypes and Resentment articulated more and more openly.

The study pays special attention to the conspiracy myth QAnon, which became particularly popular in the wake of the pandemic. But it is not just its spread that is the reason to take a closer look at this myth. QAnon is also an example of how antisemitic ideas spread across national borders in the age of social media and how their followers network. It also underlines that the fight against antisemitism must also take place across borders.


Source: AJC Germany