Study: 114 % increase in antisemitic discourse on the Internet
“Hitler was right”, “back to the gas chambers” and
“burn the Jews” – these are just some of the antisemitic common
expressions these days online. According to a report by the research and monitoring
of social discourse company, Buzzilla, that was first published on Channel 2 News
Online, for commemoration of International Antisemitism Day noted today
(Wednesday ), in 2015 antisemitic discourse online has doubled .
The research reveals a disturbing rise in antisemitic discourse volume
online between 2014 and 2015 , an increase of 114 %. The checked discourse, in
the English language, included, among others, comments on news articles, texts accompanying
YouTube videos, open Facebook posts and other social networks and more.
According to the examination, during 2014 there was a record of antisemitic
discourse online, especially during operation “Tzuk Eitan”. Also it shows
that in the second half of 2015 a significant increase in the frequency of this
kind of discourse was revealed. The company notes that in this year many events
occurred that led to Israel’s mass coverage worldwide, including the wave of
terror, the decision on boycotting settlement products and more.
However, the report shows that the nature of the discourse has changed
during the years: while in the past, antisemitic discourse was more common in responses
to articles covering Israel and the Jews, in the past year discourse was less
reactive and more proactive. Disturbingly, there was a leap in antisemitic
discourse taking place on social networks, that no longer concentrated mainly
on news sites.
Moreover, the company noted that since last July there is an atmosphere
in the Network that encourages antisemitism and is characterized by discussions
of hatred to others. “Manifestations of antisemitism are getting increasingly
legitimized ,in social networks,
making it possible for many people to express hatred and hostility toward Jews”,
explains Merav Bornstein, vice president of strategy and research at Buzzilla.
“Like terrorism, which transformed from unitary to enterprise terror, the
phenomenon occurs also in practice in online antisemitic discourse around the
Data on the rise of antisemitic discourse, especially in recent months
since the wave of terror has sparked,
are a kind of a “smoking gun” that proves the explosive connection
between young frustrated people to social network and growing incitement that
motivates them to act. Yigal Palmor, Head of Public Relations of the Jewish
Agency, is not surprised by the data. “The last wave of terrorism is accompanied
by extensive institutionalized
incitement that is spreading in the Arab world”, said Palmor. “The
events that are happening in Israel only arouse antisemitism as a result of
Even cases where terrorists were neutralized and eliminated by civilians
and security forces during the last wave of terror, inflames discourse. The
study finds that the elimination of terrorists who carried out attacks, produce
another wave of reactions, usually distorted, “extrajudicial elimination”, as
reflected in the words of Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström.