Britain’s Community Security Trust (CST) has reported an all-time record number of antisemitic incidents for 2019. The single biggest contributing factor was online antisemitism. This saw an increase of eighty-two percent when compared to 2018. More specifically, CST recorded 697 online antisemitic incidents in 2019. This figure amounted to thirty-nine percent of the overall total of 1805. Most of the online incidents took place on social media. As the CST noted, these figures are likely to understate the scale of the problem. This is because targeted campaigns directed at individual victims often involve dozens of social media accounts and hundreds or even thousands of tweets, images, or posts. Despite this, each campaign of this type is recorded by CST as a single incident.
Meanwhile, in the United States, there has been a sharp increase in the online activities of far-right and neo-Nazi groups. This has spilled over into the public domain and lead to an increase in antisemitic incidents. These included letters sent to several synagogues declaring that Jews are “fake” and part of the “Synagogue of Satan,” and Swastikas and antisemitic graffiti painted on public buildings and private homes.
Dave Rich, CST Antisemitic Incidents Report 2019, CST, https://cst.org.uk/news/blog/2020/02/06/antisemitic-incidents-report-2019, 1.
Souad Mekhennet, “As Anti-Semitic Incidents Rise in U.S., Group Launches New Online Tracking Tool,” The Washington Post, February 1, 2020.
Eitan Fischberger, “Antisemitism on the College Campus is Evolving,” JNS, January 15, 2020, https://www.jns.org/opinion/anti-semitism-on-the-college-campus-is-evolving/.
Michael Curtis, “Conquering Antisemitism,” New English Review, February 29, 2020.
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