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Anti-Semitism on social media rocketing

Anti-Semitism has skyrocketed on social media, mirroring the experiences of many Jewish communities particularly in Europe. The latest data was released by the Shem Olam Institute and social media monitoring and analysis company Buzzilla.

Anti-Semitism on social media has reached new heights, according to a Shem Olam Institute study released Tuesday.
Anti-Semitism on social media has reached new heights, according to a Shem Olam Institute study.

The study revealed that anti-Semitism online was four times higher after September 2015, when the recent spate of terror attacks began in Israel, than it was before Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

“From October 2015 to March 2016 there was a significant increase in the average number of conversations showing anti-Semitic expressions,” the report said. “For the purpose of the present research, anti-Semitism is defined as any deliberate verbal attack towards Jews and the Jewish people (including its history).”

According to the report, half of online anti-Semitic comments include rhetoric such as “Hitler was right.” At the same time, 22% include comments such as “I hate the Jews”; 11%, contain statements like”Burn the Jews” and “I hate the Jewish people”; and 6% contain epithets such as “Bloody Jews.” The study found that the Facebook pages with the most anti-Semitic comments are the pro-Hamas Middle East Monitor, with 710,000 followers, followed by Americans Against Genocide in Gaza, Images of Palestine, Israel Lies and Deceits, and the International Solidarity Movement.

The most anti-Semitic posts were of a video, stemming from the Facebook page of Al Jazeera, purportedly showing the IDF bombing a school in Gaza and a video allegedly showing Israeli police threatening to murder Palestinians. The first video garnered 1.2 million views, 33,000 shares, hundreds of comments, and 20,000 likes. The second video topped it with 1.8 million views, 34,000 shares, and almost 2,000 comments.

In a statement, Shem Olam chairman Rabbi Avraham Krieger described the anti-Semitism on social networks as a “red flag” that reflected the hatred of Jews harbored by many individuals around the world.

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Outcry over German university release of renowned anti-Semitism Professor

The German University of Göttingen has unleashed a firestorm of criticism from scholars, students and Jewish organsations by not extending the employment contract of Dr. Samuel Salzborn – one of the most prominent academic experts in German anti-Semitism.

“It is a scandal! It shows that critical research on right-wing radicalism/anti-Semitism is not desired in Germany,” wrote Julius Schoeps, a leading German Jewish historian and a descendant of the 18th century philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, according to The Jerusalem Post.

An open letter supported by scores of academics, student groups, and human rights NGOs was sent to the university’s administration in late April titled, “Retain the chair of Professor Salzborn.”

Dr. Samuel Salzborn
Dr. Samuel Salzborn

The letter states, “Prof. Salzborn is one of the most distinguished anti-Semitism researchers in the German-speaking area. Considering the Presidential Board’s focus on continuously being nominated as a ‘university of excellence’ (granted by a Federal research program) the decision not to extend the contract is highly inconsistent, to say the least. Prof. Salzborn is also a renowned expert on right-wing extremism, who has published many studies on the subject.”

Salzborn also has expertise in contemporary anti-Semitism – the loathing and de-legitimization of the Jewish state.

Göttingen is a major university city in the state of Lower Saxony. During the widespread outbreak of anti-Semitism, including violence, amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Salzborn told The New York Times, “There is a startling indifference in the German public to the current display of anti-Semitism.”

“In times of PEGIDA, arsoned refugee homes, the rise of the right-wing populist party AfD, and nearly five years after the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU was discovered (the scope and support networks of which are yet to be fully examined) the Presidential Board’s decision to not extend the contract also sends a dubious political signal,” the open letter reads.

When asked about the reasons for terminating Salzborn’s contract, a university spokesman said it does not comment on “personnel matters.”

The university was engulfed in an anti-Semitic scandal in 2008 for teaching hatred of Israelis and a wild conspiracy theory about Jews.

The professor of sports, Arnd Krüger, argued in his lecture on “Hebron and Munich: How do we communicate sports history without getting caught in [the] snare of anti-Semitism?” that the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who died at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich essentially committed suicide “for the cause of Israel.”

Krüger also said Israel had a high abortion rate compared with other industrialized nations, and that the Jewish state went to great lengths to prevent “living with disabilities.”

Ilan Mor, the then chargé d’affairs at the Israeli Embassy, said at the time, “This is the worst form of dehumanizing the State of Israel.”

The university refused to dismiss Krüger.

Salzborn has taught at the university since 2012. His contract will end in 2017.

Austrian Prosecutor: Posting Hitler’s picture and praising death of Jews is legitimate criticism of Israel!

In  country with an inglorious record of anti-Semitism, the prosecutor’s office in Austria’s third largest city has now declared that a Facebook post showing Adolf Hitler with a statement praising the death of Jews constitutes legitimate and legal criticism of Israel.

Ibrahim, a 29-year-old owner of a hair salon outside of Linz, posted an image of Hitler in December along with the caption “I could have annihilated all the Jews in the world, but I left some of them alive so you will know why I was killing them…”.

Would the Austrian prosecutor also consider this legitimate criticism of Israel?
Would the Austrian prosecutor also consider this legitimate criticism of Israel? 

He was investigated under an Austrian law that apparently forbids praising the Nazi regime, but successfully claimed that his anti-Semitic outburst was merely criticism of Israel’s actions during Operation Protective Edge, the war with Hamas that had ended a few months prior. The statements were not glorifying Hitler, but simply expressing “displeasure toward Israel,” prosecutor’s office spokesman Philip Christl told the newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten.

“This position [of the prosecutor] is, unfortunately, becoming more popular,” Stefan Schaden, a board member of the Austria-Israel Society, told The Jerusalem Post. “Everything passes as so-called criticism of Israel. Anti-Semitism seems to have been officially abolished. In view of the climate in Europe, it is a dramatic development.”

The controversy over the lack of prosecution has reportedly spurred the prosecutor’s office to take another look at the case.

A German court ruled last year that the firebombing of a synagogue in Wuppertal was motivated by a desire to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict,” not anti-Semitism.

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Czech Republic – Antisemitism on the increase

A new report by Prague’s Jewish community has found a significant increase of cases of harassment and threats against Jews in 2014, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

The annual report on AntiSemitism says such attacks, including AntiSemitic letters and emails, verbal attacks and harassment in front of Jewish objects, jumped to 37 in 2014 from nine in 2013.

The report also says attacks against Jews on the Internet rose to 191 cases compared to 156 the previous year, according to AP.

AntiSemitic violence has been on the increase in Europe in recent years and it particularly flared during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer.

A new study released last month found that acts of violent AntiSemitism in Europe positively skyrocketed in 2014.

The report, conducted by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, was prepared together with the European Jewish Congress (EJC).

It found a full 766 violent AntiSemitic acts in Europe last year, committed either with or without weapons and via arson, vandalism, or direct threats against Jews or Jewish institutions such as synagogues, schools, community centers and others.

The findings constitute a rapid increase of 38% when compared to the results of 2013, in which 554 violent AntiSemitic incidents were reported.

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