The UK was declared in 2017 one of the nations with the fastest-growing anti-Semitic manifestations in the world. A report outlined by the Kantor centre, a research centre affiliated to the Tel Aviv University, claims that in English-speaking countries these movements seem to worsen, the UK being, unfortunately a leader. Between 2015-2016 anti-Semitic movements across the UK rose by 11 percent, while in France and Belgium dropped sharply. However, in the UK, the matter seems to be fuelled by social media movements. But what drives the numbers to rise, even if in the rest of the world they have dramatically dropped?

Social media abuse vs. violent incidents

Dr. Moshe Kantor claims that although the incidence increased across the UK, it has increased only in the online. Real-life violent incidents targeted at the Jewish community, decreased. However, what are the chances for these online threats to manifest in real-life circumstances? And how does the British community perceive these groups as a threat?

  • By accusing the Jewish people of being guilty of damaging the British community and the Kingdom, as individuals or as a group.
  • Accusing them of being more loyal to Israel than to the UK.
  • Holding the Jewish community accountable for the actions of the state of Israel.
  • Using anti-Semitic symbols when describing and referring to the Jewish community in the UK.

All these, while they don’t manifest as frequently as they did in the past in real life circumstances, have taken over the Internet and social media platforms, which increases the anguish and uncertainty experienced by the Jewish community.

The incidence of anti-Semitic social media abuse

Viatcheslav Kantor claims that anti-Semitic matters were a major topic of discussion in 2016 on media channels of all types. One in four anti-Semitic incidents were registered in the online. We’re discussing a total of more than 550 incidents. The so-called Labour Anti-Semitism Crisis was highly debated in 2016. With an intricate timeline, it all began in February 2016, when the Oxford University Labour Club co-chair resigns. They have been accused of sympathising with Hamas and having anti-Semitic views. Accusations that the Party was trying to bury the issue have been addressed in March the same year. The matter is expanded throughout several months, until the first of July.

The anti-Semitic hate directed at Muslims

Many reports showed that those extremist groups that in the past were targeting Jews, are currently directing their hate towards the Muslim community. As a result, both ethnic groups avoid nowadays to freely display their faith and beliefs. The English-speaking countries, which were previously known as being the most welcoming to such communities are experiencing a shift in views and actions. Maybe the rise of the nationalist movement thought out all Europe can be identified as a cause, as of lately, more and more extremist parties were either too close to winning elections, either they already won those.

The anti-Semitic matter is a matter that has to be addressed, and all extremist manifestations directed at various religious or ethnic groups have to be solved.

Published by Cynthia Madison