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Monitoring antisemitism – overview and main findings for 2016

The importance of monitoring
Another arena in which antisemitism is confronted today is that of monitoring. A large number of private organizations, research institutes, and governmental agencies attempt to monitor antisemitism today, as part of a wider effort to analyze and confront antisemitism. Many of these bodies combine their efforts with an attempt to monitor and confront other forms of hate and intolerance as well. Active on both the national and international levels, these include organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, an international organization based in the US, the Central Security Trust in the United Kingdom, and the Washington DC-based Pew Research Center, among many others. Let’s hear more about the work and challenges of monitoring antisemitism from Prof.
Dina Porat, who serves as the Head of the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University, a research center which, among its many activities, also works on monitoring antisemitism globally. The team has been working together for about 25 years now. With time we have created a line of tools - tools that can be of use for those interested in the monitoring and analysis of antisemitism. First, there is a database - a database into which we collect information about events and about extremist groups and the way they perpetrate antisemitism. The database is free for all. The events that are being put into the database are first identified.
You have to identify what is actually an antisemitic event and we see it first of all by motivation. It is to be motivated by antisemitic feelings and target Jews. Also a case cannot be counted but as one case even if it has 15 tombs desecrated or 10 Jews killed, by the same hand at the same time same day, it is one case. And the third one is to exercise a bit of proportion - not underestimate, not exaggerate, have it as neutral and as proportionate as it can get. We have established a net of about 20-30 countries, in 20-30 countries, of about 40-50 people who send us the material. You cannot understand antisemitism sitting in Tel Aviv.
You have to live somewhere and to understand antisemitism as part of the culture, the politics, the social fiber of a place. And these members of the net send us the material and every other year we meet and we sit down for a few days to analyze. Once a year a day before Holocaust Memorial Day, the National Holocaust Memorial, April or May, we go out with a summary and analysis of the findings of last year. We present the year before. To give you an example of findings - in 2016 there was a decrease in violent antisemitism. Why was there a decrease? We are always speaking about antisemitism rising.
There was a decrease in antisemitic violent events because after all the terrorist cases in Europe - France, Belgium, England etc - there is more security, more intelligence, more cooperation among intelligence agencies. Jews do not go out with their Kippah, with their yarmulke, as they did before. There is also a wave of immigrants, a huge wave of immigrants to which the attention of the extreme right is directed now. And so it is less directed against Jews. So violence went down but the social nets that are where the youngsters and almost everyone else lives today, the social nets are rampant. Antisemitism is rampant - not violent, but the verbal the visual antisemitism is rampant on the social nets.

Prof. Dina Porat

Another arena in which antisemitism is confronted today is that of monitoring. A large number of private organizations, research institutes, and governmental agencies attempt to monitor antisemitism today, as part of wider efforts to analyze and confront antisemitism.

This video discusses how antisemitism is monitored today as well as the main findings of the major monitoring agencies and institutes for the year 2016. For the years 2017-2019 please see Prof. Porat’s lecture in the following step.

In this video Prof. Porat discusses Kantor Center’s Antisemitism Worldwide General Analysis for 2016. To view it click here.

Monitoring and response agencies and institutes (a partial list)

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