20 octobre, 2016
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20 octobre 2016 à 11:32

In November  - connected to the Action Day countering Antisemitic Hate Speech on 9 November 2016 - we invite you to flag antisemitic hate speech by the 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 jewish people just for their identity, content that spreads fascistic ideas, or content that denies Holocaust itself. In the report you can explain why that content should be challenged, you can provide your counter arguements  and you can share your report on your social media to initiate discussion about the content and about possible counter actions, counter arguements.

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. Present day antisemitism expressions by politicians and in mainstream online media are often less obvious and blatantly targeting Jewish communities as a whole. However myths and conspiracy theories about Jewish influence on world affairs are continually invoked by populist movements when criticising established institutions, media companies and charities that act against discrimination and for the promotion of Human Rights. We have to understand that it present day antisemitism is a threat to our democracies, a threat to our communities, a threat to peace and unity. Our shared responisbility is to speak up against antisemtisim in the moment it is expressed in any form online or offline. The rise of nationalist and populist ideologies, accompanied by a growing hate of all shades, confronts us with the stark reality that much must still remain to be done in order to achieve tolerant and inclusive European societies. Thus our campaign is calling for denouncing, addressing and challenging antisemitic hate speech in all forms NOW.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.”



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