May 22, 2015
Social Media Enables Increased Anti Semitism, Longest Running Group Hatred in History
It is poignant but realistic to say that anti-Semitism is the longest continuing form of hatred in history, and moreover, it is the only form of hatred of peoples or countries that is global, even in countries where no Jews have ever been present.
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Poll by ADL of people in 100 countries concluded that 26% of adults – about one billion people – harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. Among the causes of this increase in anti-Semitic beliefs, in prejudice against Jews, and in hate crimes is the impact of social media and the internet, which have expanded the scale of communication transmitting hate through websites, blogs, and chat rooms.
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The data of the general attitudes shows the following: 10% believe that Jews are not as honest as most people; 17% think that Jews have too much power; 20% hold that Jews are less loyal to Britain than are non-Jews; 13% think Jews talk too much about the Holocaust.
Of the 250,000 British Jews, 29% say they have experienced personal anti-Semitic harassments, and more than half say they have witnessed more anti-Semitism in the past two years than ever before. Almost half feel threatened by Islamic extremism. They fear direct violent attacks; they worry about security at schools their children attend; they have spoken of desecration of Jewish gravestones and of anti-Semitic graffiti on public and private property; they have witnessed hate mail on the internet, and anti-Semitism on college campuses.
January 30, 2015
An End to Anti-Semitism
By Michael Curtis