Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2021
Our annual report on the state of antisemitism worldwide, published for the 28th year and composed by a team of 11 experts, does not convey good news.
The report, based on data collected from law enforcers, Jewish organizations and the media, informs that with few exceptions, the largest Jewish populations outside Israel witnessed sharp increases in the number of recorded antisemitic incidents compared to 2020, and even compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019. In-depth analyses point to alarming socio-cultural developments across the world, including in the United States.
The increase stems from the strengthening of radical movements of the left and right in different countries as well as the ever increasing use of social media platforms to spread lies and incitement.
Addressing the findings, Prof. Uriya Shavit, Head of the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, observed: “Despite many encouraging and important initiatives and legislations in the fight against antisemitism, the big picture is that something just isn’t working. The easy thing is to say that more laws and more funding are required. But what we really need is a courageous and unsparing examination of the efficacy of existing strategies.”
Prof. Shavit added: “The crimes against humanity and Holocaust distortion committed by the fascist Russian regime force us to recognize that not everyone has learned the lessons of the Second World War”.
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