Visualization detailing real time internet anti-Semitism (Photo: Ynetnews)
(ESFI Editorial Staff) In its annual report to the Israeli government, the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs gave its review of antisemitic activity on the Internet around the world. It saw an increased number of incidents from Germany, mainly because of the refugee crisis. Compared to 2015, the incidents of antisemitism have increased 200%. England also had a huge spike whereas France saw a 65% decrease in response to the government making efforts to combat racism and antisemitism. The report also showed a 45% increase on United States campuses with many students and faculty receiving harassment, swastika graffiti, and verbal and physical abuse.
Former members of the Israeli Defense Forces Technology and Intelligence Units have developed a new system for identifying antisemitic material on the Internet in real time using an interactive map. By doing so, it can show how many messages and posts are being shared from countries and specific areas within the country. Since the Internet reaches billions of people, it will help companies remove racist content and deal with the sender. Antisemitism and hate incitement has increased exponentially on the Internet and is cause for much concern.