September 09, 2021

Study: Comparative report on the phenomena of online antisemitism

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Romani people and Jewish people have been traditional scapegoats from the Middle Ages to the present. These and other findings will be presented by the analytical and comparative studies produced as part of the international project Remember and ACT! (Re-ACT), which concentrates on researching these "old" concepts of hatred in their modern forms.

The project is implemented by the Czech NGO ROMEA organization together with the International Network against Cyber Hate INACH, the French NGO LICRA and the Austrian research company SYNYO.

The analysis of hateful posts online that INACH has produced for continental Europe has demonstrated strong links between current hate speech online and the practices that were customary to Nazi propaganda.

The studies produced during the Re-Act project aim to clarify the mechanism of recycling old stereotypes, half-truths, and myths about Jewish and Romani people. They aim to explain the principles underlying the revival of these deeply-rooted anti-Jewish or anti-Romani attitudes and demonstrate how these new forms of the same repeating xenophobic ideas exist online in modern forms, specifically on social media.
There is no question that antisemitism is rising today. The global context of multidimensional crisis contributes to aggravating the situation even more. The resurgence of antisemitism appears online and in everyday life, including in European countries in Western, Central and Eastern parts.

For example, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, through social networks, many conspiracy theories are being disseminated about Jewish people, in particular being responsible for spreading the virus. This subject has become quite popular, and it is essential to focus on the antisemitic remarks being shared online.

Antisemitic hate speech online is the reflection of centuries of stereotypes, stigmatization, discrimination, and violence.

It is difficult to estimate the amount of antisemitic content. Still, social media, blogs, and other online platforms have widely contributed to disseminating and fostering violent, dangerous antisemitic myths, conspiracy theories and speech. Almost all major events could potentially lead to antisemitic content online.

For these reasons, it is crucial to address antisemitism through a common strategy based on education and transnational rules and definitions. Civil society has been at the forefront of reporting and tackling online antisemitic content in cooperation with mainstream platforms as well as with national and European authorities.


Source: pressat