CFCA – 2016 Antisemitism report – Present situation and tendencies


2016 Antisemitism report – Present situation and tendencies


Although full data for 2016 have not yet been published, it
is clear that in 2016 the trend of escalation of antisemitic events has continued
while the main perpetrators of those antisemitic acts in Europe have been
people from the Muslim community.


In France we have seen a significant decline of antisemitic
incidents in 2016 after 2015 has been characterized by a rise in antisemitic incidents.
This figure is not final but is likely the result of the increasing struggle of
the French government against the phenomenon.


The social networks are used as the main medium to incite
hatred against Jews. Hate speech and antisemitic incitement can be found there
without limits.


The presidential election in the United States has led to a
wave of antisemitism by Trump supporters that swept the United States during
and after the elections.


Universities in US and UK are “centers” of antisemitism
where most students experience a hostile atmosphere toward Israel and Jews.


The delegitimization and demonization campaign against
Israel contains significant antisemitic expressions and represents the trend of
blurring the lines between criticism of Israel and antisemitism. This campaign
has been one of the major incitement tools against Jews in general, and
therefore constitutes a significant threat to the Jewish communities in the


The British government adopted the new definition of
antisemitism drawn up in May by the International Holocaust Remembrance
Alliance (IHRA). The US Senate has adopted the law about antisemitic awareness,
which requires from the US Department of Education to use the international
definition of antisemitism.