20 October, 20160 Comments 15 Reports
In November - connected to the Action Day countering Antisemitic Hate Speech - we invite you to flag antisemitic hate speech using Hate Speech Watch. Through the Hate Speech Watch you can flag any online content (on social meda, websites, news sites, comments etc) that expresses hate speech against people and groups just because they are Jewish. When you submit a report, you can explain why that content should be challenged, and if you want provide your counter arguments. After submitting the report you can share it on your social media to initiate discussion about the content, to express solidarity with the people targeted by the hate speech and spread counter arguments that promote human rights for example through online and offline actions. If you would like help identifying antisemitc hate speech and draft counter arguments take a look at the guide monitoring antisemitic hate speech by CEIJ. The resources of the ‘Get the Trolls Out’ project can also be useful to analyse and recognise antisemitic hate speech and provide some examples of counter actions using images video’s etc.
Why? The internet has provided new platforms for antisemitic hate speech to evolve and spread, commenting on present day challenges with quick fix solutions that single out minority groups as the problem to be dealt with. The spread of such rhetoric’s online support the ground for antisemitism to spread to all regions of Europe. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) noted that not only neo-Nazis, right-wing extremists and certain extreme left-wing groups spread antisemitic hatred. Growing antisemitic trends have been observed among Muslim immigrant communities, in particular the younger generation. ECRI noted also that insufficient emphasis is placed on distinguish between criticism of the actions of Israel and the public expression of racism and hatred of Jewish people in general. Hate speech whomever it targets undermines human rights and democracy in Europe. It is a shared responsibility to speak out against it. Thus the No Hate Speech Movement is calling for countering antisemitic hate speech in all forms.What is Antisemitism? The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance has adopted on 24 May 2016 the following working definition of Antisemitism: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” Their adopted text also lists contemporary examples. See recommended actions here.