Anti-Defamation League’s survey showing the problem of American anti-Jewishness

The Anti-Defamation League released a survey earlier this year in which 36% of American Jews and 41% of Americans said they had experienced online hate and harassment.

According to the FBI’s 2020 statistics, crimes targeting Jews comprised 57.5% of all hate crimes, more than any other religious group.

Despite the seeming blitz of self-regulation from technology companies, the level of online hate and harassment reported to the Anti-Defamation League, by users barely shifted when compared to reports from a year ago.

The third consecutive year ADL has conducted its nationally representative survey the findings brought forward that forty-one percent of Americans who responded to the survey said they had experienced online harassment in this year’s survey, comparable to the 44% reported in ADL’s 2020 “Online Hate and Harassment” report. Severe online harassment comprising sexual harassment, stalking, physical threats, swatting, doxing and sustained harassment also remained relatively constant compared to the prior year, experienced by 27% of respondents, not a significant change from the 28% reported in the previous survey.

When the Center for Countering Digital Hate this spring flagged  714 anti-Jewish posts that violated social media platforms’ guidelines — posts that collectively reached 7.3 million people — 84% of the reports were ignored.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate, is normally best known for its work on disrupting anti-vaxxers on social media, could see anti-vaccine conspiracists and antisemites converging in digital spaces. Their rhetoric started to fuse, forming hybrid conspiracy theories in which “the Jews” were falsely blamed for COVID-related problems.

First, it was the Chinese, then it became the Jews who were spreading the ‘Chinese disease’. Next came the ridiculous spread or false news that Jews would have placed microchips in the vaccine or in the United States there were people who wanted others to believe that Jews are running the government. Many of the follwoers of Mr. Trump would not mind if the Jews would be eliminated and clap in their hands when they see bombs going up to Jerusalem. They loved it when Iran has led the “wipe Israel from the earth” chorus for decades, and terrorist groups have missiles aimed at the Jewish state around the clock. Several of those Trump followers also believe the Holocaust is false news, and nothing about it should be taught in schools.

It is known that the 45th president of the United States did not mind to put some oil on the fire and stimulated the hatred against several people. Lots of racists, bigots, xenophobes, and Islamophobes found their hero in  Donald Trump. Also the idea was fostered that to “make America great again” Jews should not be allowed to control the economic market.

It is generally known that social media is where convergence of toxic ideas most often happens and spreads, despite community standards in which all platforms cite with their purported intolerance of hate speech and racism.

The Paley Center for Media was hosting the latest in a series of panels about combating antisemitism on Oct. 27, with Julian Edelman, retired NFL wide receiver and co-founder of Coast Productions; Josh Kraft, president of Kraft Family Philanthropies (which spearheads its Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism initiative) as members of the panel. Further members were “Fauda” and “Hit and Run” co-creator and star Lior Raz; Emmy-winning actor David Strathairn; and Assaf Swissa, founder, Superdigital and co-founder of Coast Productions. Variety featured editor Malina Saval as moderator of the panel in that part of the center’s PaleyImpact series dedicated to combating antisemitism.

Edelman, a three-time Super Bowl champion who played for 12 seasons with the New England Patriots, said:

“There’s no room for antisemitism or any other hate. We have to do better, most of all digitally, where hate can spread so quickly.”

In October Rabbi Avraham Stolik of Chabad sid:

“Many Jews are anxious about rising antisemitism today and worry about how to respond to it.”

Most often we try to be in the shadow of the darkness and unknown.

Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors finds that

“It is no longer enough just to be opposed to antisemitism. We all have to be knowledgeable about its history and current manifestations if we are to be equipped to combat its spread.

From mid-May to the end of June, the Forward organization, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, reported over 700 instances to the platforms that together had been viewed over 7 million times. They reported these blatant contraventions of the platforms’ community standards using not our organizational pull, but the tools that the platforms asked users to utilize. Typical cases included videos falsely claiming that Jews “declared war on Germany,” antisemitic caricatures blaming the Jews for 9/11 or COVID, and myriad images of Jews as puppetmasters.

The antisemitic people are telling the world Jews are falsifying the facts, but in all honesty, they are the ones who do violence to the truth. The many posting on the different platforms of social media makes it that the messages spread like wildfire and give racism the opportunity to rapidly proliferate on social media. This way, racism is often promoted by craven political opportunists around the world — and from all sides of the political spectrum.

Though the racism was reported, while interacting with the platforms as “regular users” so that the people of the organization could understand what it would be like for a normal person to encounter heinous racism on social media and try to take action, not much action on the fora was taken to delete the hateful messages.

In 84% of the instances, the reports to the platforms were ignored. In one case, Facebook even put a warning note on a Holocaust denial post — a grey box saying “False information” — rather than removing something that, according to their own rules, should never have been allowed in the first place.

Among the platforms, Facebook and Twitter were the worst offenders, ignoring almost 90% of the organization’s reports — including those flagging large Facebook groups with 38,000 members. Even though YouTube and TikTok did slightly better, taking action in response to about 20% of reports, it was certainly nothing to celebrate.

It is clear that social media platforms have become easy places to spread racism and propaganda against Jews. The platforms are currently not capable of enforcing their own rules, nor do they act on user reports, even of heinous racism.

Lots of Jews and Jeshuaists do not use a computer and are not on social media, so they would not be hurt by what goes on in the internet world. But in that world, the venom is spreading. Even when not willing to be part of this world, they are being targeted.

All of us, as ordinary readers and visitors of many social media platforms should react against any message which spread lies about Jehudiem. all of us should make an effort to combat any form of hate speech and racism. We also should also dare to ask immediately to remove all antisemitic groups and posts utilizing antisemitic hashtags that are used to promote such content. At the same time, we only can hope they shall come to see the need to employ significant numbers of trained moderators who can remove hate proactively and who can respond effectively to user flags.

The blatant disregard of those companies their own users should not be without consequences. For the consequence of their inaction to users is a continuing increase in the number of hate crimes, anti-Jewish vitriol online and attacks on American Jews in the street.

The World Jewish Congress called online hate

“the most troubling development in the worldwide effort to fight antisemitism.”

It mentioned the ADL’s successful battle to convince the online service Prodigy –one of “the Big Three information services” in 1994 described by The Times that very year as “family oriented” — that antisemitic hate violated its guidelines barring offensive material, but said

“the war is far from over.”

It quoted Deborah Lipstadt, the renowned Holocaust historian who President Biden recently nominated as special envoy to combat antisemitism, saying

“it’s important for people to respond.”

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After a year of escalating antisemitism and hate, we must come together. We must be ready — from wherever we are — to speak up in a unified voice that says…

Now is the time to show strength. Now is the time to take action.

Now is the time for Never Is Now.

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Join the many speakers virtually as they listen, learn and share alongside thousands of experts, students, community leaders and more — all united in an effort to rally our communities in the pursuit of a better tomorrow. In the midst of the highest rates of antisemitic incidents ever tracked by ADL, they’re tackling crucial conversations about hate and bigotry in today’s world and creating a stronger, more inclusive movement for the future.

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