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Date: 2016
Abstract: This book is the first comprehensive study of postwar antisemitism in the Netherlands. It focuses on the way stereotypes are passed on from one decade to the next, as reflected in public debates, the mass media, protests and commemorations, and everyday interactions. The Holocaust, Israel and 'the Jew' explores the ways in which old stories and phrases relating to 'the stereotypical Jew' are recycled and modified for new uses, linking the antisemitism of the early postwar years to its enduring manifestations in today's world. The Dutch case is interesting because of the apparent contrast between the Netherlands' famous tradition of tolerance and the large numbers of Jews who were deported and murdered in the Second World War. The book sheds light on the dark side of this so-called 'Dutch paradox,' in manifestations of aversion and guilt after 1945. In this context, the abusive taunt 'They forgot to gas you' can be seen as the first radical expression of postwar antisemitism as well as an indication of how the Holocaust came to be turned against the Jews. The identification of 'the Jew' with the gas chamber spread from the streets to football stadiums, and from verbal abuse to pamphlet and protest. The slogan 'Hamas, Hamas all the Jews to the gas' indicates that Israel became a second marker of postwar antisemitism. The chapters cover themes including soccer-related antisemitism, Jewish responses, philosemitism, antisemitism in Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch- Turkish communities, contentious acts of remembrance, the neo-Nazi tradition, and the legacy of Theo van Gogh. The book concludes with a lengthy epilogue on 'the Jew' in the politics of the radical right, the attacks in Paris in 2015, and the refugee crisis. The stereotype of 'the Jew' appears to be transferable to other minorities. Contents: Preface 1 Why Jews are more guilty than others : An introductory essay, 1945-2016 Evelien Gans Part I Post-Liberation Antisemitism 2 ‘The Jew’ as Dubious Victim Evelien Gans 3 The Meek Jew – and Beyond Evelien Gans 4 Alte Kameraden: Right-wing Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial Remco Ensel, Evelien Gans and Willem Wagenaar 5 Jewish Responses to Post-Liberation Antisemitism Evelien Gans Part II Israel and ‘the Jew’ 6 Philosemitism? Ambivalences regarding Israel Evelien Gans 7 Transnational Left-wing Protest and the ‘Powerful Zionist’ Remco Ensel 8 Israel: Source of Divergence Evelien Gans 9 ‘The Activist Jew’ Responds to Changing Dutch Perceptions of Israel Katie Digan 10 Turkish Anti-Zionism in the Netherlands: From Leftist to Islamist Activism Annemarike Stremmelaar Part III The Holocaust-ed Jew in Native Dutch Domains since the 1980s 11 ‘The Jew’ in Football: To Kick Around or to Embrace Evelien Gans 12 Pornographic Antisemitism, Shoah Fatigue and Freedom of Speech Evelien Gans 13 Historikerstreit: The Stereotypical Jew in Recent Dutch Holocaust Studies Remco Ensel and Evelien Gans Part IV Generations. Migrant Identities and Antisemitism in the Twenty-first Century 14 ‘The Jew’ vs. ‘the Young Male Moroccan’: Stereotypical Confrontations in the City Remco Ensel 15 Conspiracism: Islamic Redemptive Antisemitism and the Murder of Theo van Gogh Remco Ensel 16 Reading Anne Frank: Confronting Antisemitism in Turkish Communities Annemarike Stremmelaar 17 Holocaust Commemorations in Postcolonial Dutch Society Remco Ensel 18 Epilogue: Instrumentalising and Blaming ‘the Jew’, 2011-2016 Evelien Gans
Date: 2016
Author(s): Sheldon, Ruth
Date: 2016
Author(s): Özyürek, Esra
Date: 2016
Author(s): Dekel, Irit
Date: 2016
Author(s): Roda, Jessica
Date: 2016
Author(s): Felcher, Anastasia
Date: 2016
Abstract: The thesis is based on three starting points. The first is on the acknowledgement of the lamentable condition of buildings of Jewish-related heritage in cities with a multicultural past across the present-day former Soviet Union. The second is on the acknowledgement of a slow process of gradual recognition of these traces as examples of tangible heritage and a provisional resource for heritage commodification. The third is the on the acknowledgement of ‘heritage’, ‘memory’ and ‘space’ as phenomena that are subject to manipulation on various levels.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the understanding of what constitutes national heritage in the newly-appeared independent states has conformed to correspond with the interpretations and values of national histories. In managerial terms some immovable heritage of ethnic minorities has been returned to the symbolic successors of previous owners. This defined provisional sources of funding for partial renovation of this heritage, as well as its use. The remaining sites, the majority of which are monuments protected by the state, most frequently stay unattended. In order to design policy recommendations to improve the situation, a complex understanding of factors that influence heritage protection, interpretation, and promotion in the post-Soviet space is needed.
Within this state of affairs, the thesis aims to analyze agency behind 'top-down' policies and 'down-up' grass-roots initiatives towards (non)interpretation of Jewish-related heritage sites in Chişinǎu (Moldova), Odessa and L’viv (Ukraine) and Minsk (Belarus). This selection of cities is chosen to reveal the multiplicity of factors that determine apparent similarity in heritage condition and management in the post-Soviet space, but instead reveal diverse dynamics of interaction between heritage and politics; heritage and nationalism; heritage and civil society, etc.
The methodology utilized here includes archival search, participant observation, media and expert opinion analysis, as well as examination of museum exhibitions. The fieldwork included data collection on the actual condition of Jewish heritage in the cities under discussion and interviews with various agents. Elite interviews were analyzed as basis for authoritative heritage discourse before discussing actual heritage projects in these cities. Based on interdisciplinary analysis, the thesis provides an embracing overview of the broad spectrum of agency behind Jewish heritage-related initiatives (or their absence). It then offers recommendations for the advancement of managerial strategies.
Date: 2016
Abstract: Denne rapport beskriver og analyserer antallet af registrerede antisemitiske hændelser i Danmark i 2015. Rapporten er udarbejdet på grundlag af anmeldelser til AKVAH, der udgør en del af Det Jødiske Samfunds sikkerhedsorganisation.

Året 2015 er særligt, fordi det omfatter terrorangrebet på Københavns Synagoge. Natten mellem den 14. og 15. februar blev dansk-jødiske Dan Uzan myrdet af terroristen Omar El-Hussein, der havde palæstinensisk baggrund. AKVAH har ikke tidligere registreret antisemitisk motiverede mord, og det er så vidt vides første gang siden Anden Verdenskrig, at en jøde har mistet livet i Danmark, alene fordi vedkommende var jøde.

AKVAH har i 2015 registreret 26 antisemitiske hændelser i Danmark fordelt på følgende kategorier: Drab, overfaldssituationer og fysisk chikane, trusler, antisemitiske ytringer og hærværk. Hændelserne fordeler sig på ét tilfælde af drab, fire tilfælde, der kan kategoriseres som overfaldssituationer og fysisk chikane, syv tilfælde af trusler, 11 tilfælde af antisemitiske ytringer
og tre tilfælde af hærværk. Ud af de 26 registrerede antisemitiske hændelser er der to hændelser, hvor det er vurderet, at de alene kan betegnes som potentielt antisemitiske. Der er desuden én af de 26 registrerede hændelser, hvor det ikke har været muligt at afgrænse gerningstidspunktet til en specifik måned.

Det registrerede antal af antisemitiske hændelser i 2015 på 26 er 28 hændelser mindre end antallet af registrerede hændelser i 2014, der var på 54. Der er altså registreret omkring 50 % færre hændelser i 2015 end i 2014.

Når man ser nærmere på de enkelte hændelser, fremgår det, at det særligt er hændelser tilknyttet den ”mildeste” kategori, antisemitiske ytringer, som er blevet reduceret voldsomt i 2015. I 2014 registrerede AKVAH hele 39 tilfælde af antisemitiske ytringer. Dette tal blev i 2015 reduceret til 11 registrerede tilfælde. Mens kategorien antisemitiske ytringer i 2014 således kendetegnede omkring 75 % af det samlede antal registrerede hændelser, er denne andel faldet til omkring 40 % i 2015. Kategorien udgør dog stadigvæk den helt klart største hændelsesgruppe.
Author(s): Kaymak, Özgür
Date: 2016
Abstract: Bu çalışmada İstanbul’un Rum, Yahudi ve Ermenilerinin Lozan Antlaşması’ndan sonra azınlık olarak kendi kimliklerini ve gündelik hayatlarını yeniden inşa etme süreçleri, tarihsel arka planı dikkate alarak, kolektif belleğin oluşumu ve kamusal/politik/özel alanın inşası çerçevesinde analiz edilmektedir. Bu bağlamda özetle, Cumhuriyetin kuruluşundan bugüne kadar gayrimüslim azınlıkların çoğunluktan farklı olan dini-etnik kimliklerinin kentteki inşa süreçleri, pratikleri ve bu inşa sürecini etkileyen dinamikler; eşit vatandaş ve azınlık olma arasında yaşadıkları siyasi ve sosyal çelişkiler; bu çelişkili durumlar karşısında ürettikleri kimlik stratejileri; hem devletle hem de geniş toplumla kurdukları ilişkiler gündelik hayat pratikleri üzerinden çözümlenmeye çalışılmıştır. İstanbul kentindeki “gayrimüslim-azınlık” kimliklerinin bu inşa süreci farklı kuşak, sosyal sınıf ve cinsiyet değişkenleriyle incelenmiştir. Tez çalışmasında İstanbul’un gayrimüslimlerinin yaşantılarını, deneyimlerini, azınlık olmaktan kaynaklı sorunlarını kendi seslerinden görünür hale getirebilmek amacıyla niteliksel araştırma tekniklerinden derinlemesine mülakat, odak grup ve sözlü tarih kullanılmıştır. Çalışmada İstanbul’un üç azınlık cemaatinin azınlık kimliklerinin oluşumunda kolektif belleklerindeki travmalar ve bu travmaların çeşitli stratejilerle kuşaklararası aktarımı; mekansal aidiyetlerini ve kimliklerini oluşturan tarihsel, kültürel ve iktisadi dinamikler; gayrimüslim azınlık kimliği ile uğranılan dışlanma ve ayrımcılıkların vatandaşlık ve ulusal aidiyetin oluşumu üzerindeki etkileri; kamusal, politik ve özel alanda gayrimüslim azınlık olmanın anlamı ve giderek azalan nüfusları ile İstanbul’da mekanda büzüşme ve dağılma halleri analiz edilmektedir. Tez çalışması, yukarıda açıklanan çerçevede üç cemaati, sınıf, cinsiyet ve kuşak kriterleri ile karşılaştırmalı olarak analiz etmeye olanak veren, niteliksel araştırma tekniklerinin kullanıldığı geniş ölçekli bir araştırmaya dayanmaktadır.
Date: 2016
Abstract: This article explores contemporary images of Jews and Muslims in Norway by using qualitative empirical data, namely the answers to an open-ended question that was included in a quantitative survey on attitudes towards Jews and other minorities in Norway, conducted in 2012. The target group for the survey consisted of Norwegian residents aged 18 and above. A total of 1522 people answered the questionnaire. The results of the survey can be considered as representative of the Norwegian population with respect to age, gender, education and geographical distribution.

Respondents were asked what they regarded to be the reasons for existing negative attitudes towards Jews and Muslims respectively. This article analyzes whether the perceptions reflected in the respondents’ answers represent stereotypical views and partly include traces of conspiracy beliefs. The article also discusses these perceptions within the broader perspective of Norwegian society, asking in which ways the data reflects ideas of inclusion and exclusion.

The analysis exposes differences regarding traditional stereotypes and prejudices against the two minorities and the ways in which these prejudices are linked to (perceived) contemporary conflicts and tensions – both within Norwegian society and internationally. Negative attitudes towards Jews are often explained with reference to the role played by Israel in the Middle East conflict, and almost never with specific reference to Norwegian society. The material contains few examples describing Jews as scapegoats for current social problems in Norway. On the contrary, respondents’ answers indicate social distance. Approximately half of the answers claim that negative attitudes towards Jews are due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The images of Jews presented in connection with this conflict are predominantly negative and characterized by topics such as oppression, ruthlessness and power. The analysis shows how these statements serve to reduce complexity by effectively equating “Jews” with “Israelis”. As a consequence Jews seem to be excluded from the notion of the Norwegian national collective.

The statements about Muslims show that they are regarded to be citizens and as such part of Norwegian society, but with characteristics perceived as problematic and threatening. Respondents often connected negative attitudes towards Muslims with a “foreign culture”. Many statements describe Muslims as oppressive to women, as harboring undemocratic attitudes or as criminals.

The data shows how people develop generalizations, describing something as “typically Muslim” or “typically Jewish”, reflecting current debates and media coverage. Such generalizations derive their strength from placing the speaker in a morally superior position. In the present material these attitudes represent the antithesis of an implicit notion of the Norwegian community as a liberal, egalitarian and peace-loving society. Despite the differences, a clear picture emerges that the characterizations of both Jews and Muslims seem to serve a common function: to provide a contrast to this national self-image. Such polarized notions of “us” and “them”, however, undermine the values generally constructed as “Norwegian”: when “the other” bears problematic features that we do not want to acknowledge in ourselves or our communities, we lose the ability to critically reflect on who we are. While maintaining an idealized notion of “us”, we become increasingly dependent on a rejection and denial of the “other”.
Date: 2016
Abstract: Denne rapporten presenterer HL-senterets undersøkelse av hvorvidt og hvordan antisemittisme kommer til uttrykk i et utvalg
norske medier. Undersøkelsen har tatt utgangspunkt i et begrenset og strategisk utvalg saker fra redigerte nyhetsmedier og
kommentarfelt fra nettaviser og én av de utvalgte nyhetsmedienes Facebook-sider. Det er gjort kvantitative innholdsanalyser
av totalt 824 artikler og 2689 kommentarer. Det er også gjort en rent kvalitativ gjennomgang av cirka 250 Twitter-meldinger tilknyttet
emneknaggen «jøde», fra perioden 14. juli 2010 – 28. mai 2016.

Undersøkelsen viser at negative og problematiske utsagn og ytringer om jøder eksisterer i både de redigerte nyhetsmediene
og kommentarfeltene. Samlet sett er likevel slike ytringer, og spesielt eksplisitte antisemittiske utsagn, relativt lite utbredt i
det undersøkte materialet. Fremstillinger av jødene som en kollektiv størrelse og ansvarliggjøring av jøder for staten Israels politikk
er de problematiske uttrykksformene som har høyest forekomst i det undersøkte materialet. Den vanligste formen for
slike ytringer er generaliserende sammenblandinger av jøder som gruppe og staten Israel, og oppfordringer om at jøder som
gruppe skal ta tydelig avstand fra israelske handlinger. I blant refereres det også til «amerikanske jøder» eller «norske jøder»
som en enhet med felles meninger, interesser og mål. Det er videre en viss forekomst av ytringer som sammenlikner Israels
politikk overfor palestinerne med den nazistiske jødeforfølgelsen og negative utsagn som spiller på forestilte negative trekk ved
jødisk religion. I enkelte av kommentarfeltene forekommer tradisjonelle konspiratoriske antisemittiske forestillinger.

De problematiske enkeltutsagnene i redigerte nyhetsmedier er mest utbredt i leserbrev, kronikker og debattinnlegg som er
skrevet av eksterne bidragsytere, mens de kommer sjeldnere til uttrykk i redaksjonelle kronikker, ledere og nyhetsartikler tilknyttet
medienes egne medarbeidere. Slike ytringer utløser imidlertid i de fleste tilfeller konkrete tilsvar og reaksjoner, og blir dermed sjeldent
stående uimotsagt. Problematiske og til dels jødefiendtlige ytringer er noe mer utbredt i artikler som også inneholder uttalte
Israel-kritiske standpunkter. Samtidig har et tydelig flertall av de Israel-kritiske artiklene overhodet ikke forekomst av problematiske/
negative utsagn om jøder. Mange av de problematiske ytringene i de redigerte mediene er utslag av upresis og ubevisst språkbruk,
og sjeldent et uttrykk for antisemittiske intensjoner. Eksplisitte antisemittiske ytringer forekommer i svært liten grad i denne delen
av mediene.

Enkelte av de jødefiendtlige ytringene tenderer til å være mer eksplisitt uttrykt i kommentarfeltene.På samme måte som i de redigerte
nyhetsmediene har negative/problematiske ytringer om jøder i kommentarfeltene noe høyere forekomst i sammenheng med Israel-kritiske standpunkter. Det er imidlertid kommentarfeltene under saker om antisemittisme og Holocaust som utmerker seg ved å ha
høyest forekomst av problematiske og jødefiendtlige ytringer. Slike saker aktiverer også et klart flertall av de groveste konspiratoriske
antisemittiske ytringene. Selv om denne type ytringer er relativt lite utbredt også i de undersøkte kommentarfeltene, viser mangfoldet
blant de groveste antisemittiske uttrykkene en bemerkelsesverdig kontinuitet i det antisemittiske tankegodset.
Twitter-meldingene tilknyttet emneknaggen «jøde» skiller seg fra det øvrige undersøkte materialet. Selv om et mindretall
av meldingene spiller på antisemittiske klisjeer, er koplingen av denne emneknaggen til penger og moralske avvik innenfor
økonomi og profitt et gjennomgående trekk.Slike meldinger refererer ikke til faktiske eller forestilte jøder, men viser bl.a. til venners
gjerrighet, overdreven sparsomhet og kollegers lave arbeidsmoral. #jøde blir altså brukt som en metafor for slette karaktertrekk,som uvilje mot å betale gjeld, uærlig profittog latskap. Slike ytringer refererer til klassiske forestillinger i den moderne antisemittismen,og inngår i en historisk norsk satirisk tradisjon.

Date: 2016
Author(s): Perry-Hazan, Lotem
Date: 2016
Date: 2016
Abstract: This is the first empirical study to explain the contested uses and meanings of ‘Yid’ in English football fan culture. A pertinent socio-political issue with important policy and legal implications, we explain the different uses of ‘Yid’, making central the cultural context in which it is used, together with the intent underpinning its usage. Focusing upon Kick It Out’s The Y-Word campaign film (which attempted to raise awareness of antisemitism in football by advocating a ‘zero tolerance’ policy approach to ‘Yid’), the complex relationship of Tottenham Hotspur with Judaism is unpacked. The origins of this complexity stem from Tottenham traditionally attracting Jewish fans due to nearby Jewish communities. As a consequence, Tottenham is perceived as a ‘Jewish’ club and their fans have suffered antisemitic abuse from opposing supporters who have disparagingly referred to them as ‘Yids’. In response, Tottenham fans have, since the 1970s, appropriated and embraced the term by identifying as the ‘Yid Army’. Critical analysis of fan forum discourse suggests that many Tottenham fans thought The Y-Word film failed to sufficiently understand or demarcate between the multiple meanings and intentions associated with use of ‘Yid’ as both an ethnic epithet and term of endearment. We call for an appreciation of the nature of language that acknowledges the fluidity and temporality of linguistic reclamation and ‘ownership’ in future policies to combat antisemitism.
Date: 2016
Abstract: ה-SPCJ) שירות להגנת הקהילה היהודית) מפרסם דו"ח סטטיסטי על האנטישמיות בצרפת בשנת
איסוף המידע בנושא המעשים האנטישמיים בצרפת מתבצע על-ידי ה-SPCJ בשיתוף פעולה הדוק עם
משרד הפנים הצרפתי
האנטישמיות בצרפת בשנת 2015 הייתה גבוהה באופן קיצוני, אלימה ביותרו ,נבעה ממקורות
צרפתיים פנימיים:
ב-2015 בוצעו בצרפת 808 מעשים אנטישמייםמ .ספר זה כולל אך ורק את המעשים שבעקבותיהם •
הוגשה בפועל תלונה למשטרה. מדובר במספר גבוה ביותר.
בשנת 2015 נלקחו 29 בני ערובה (גברים, נשים, ילדים ותינוקות) בסופרמרקט "היפר כשר". האירוע •
התרחש ב-9 בינואר 2015 .במהלך האירוע הוצאו להורג 4 בני אדם.
לראשונה הגיעה האנטישמיות בצרפת לרמה גבוהה באופן קיצוני, ללא כל קשר לסכסוך מזוין • כזה
או אחר במזרח התיכון.
בשנת 2015 שוב ספגו היהודים, המהווים פחות מ-%1 מאוכלוסיית צרפת, %40 מן המעשים •
הגזעניים שבוצעו בצרפת בכלל, ו-%49 מן התקיפות האלימות על רקע גזעני.
בשנת 2015 קיבלה משטרת צרפת בממוצע 2 דיווחים על מעשים אנטישמיים מדי יום. •
בשנת 2015 נרשם מספר גדול של עדויות מפי כאלה שנפלו קורבן למעשים אנטישמיים אולם בחרו •
שלא להגיש תלונה במשטרה על העלבונות האנטישמיים שהוטחו בהם, על האיומים שספגו או על
התקיפות ה"קלות" שבוצע נגדם, וזאת חרף העובדה שחודשים ספורים קודם לכן הוצאו יהודים
להורג רק בשל היותם יהודים.
עולה בהתמדה מספרם של יהודי צרפת הבוחרים להגר למדינות אחרות או המתכננים לעשות זאת. •
חלק ניכר מיהודי צרפת שוב אינו מצליח להבין איזה מקום תופסים היהודים באומה הצרפתית,
וחש שבנוסף לאי-הביטחון הפיזי שבו הם שרויים, המדינה כבר איננה מבינה אותם
Date: 2016
Abstract: Le SPCJ publie les statistiques et analyses de l’antisémitisme en France en 2015
Le recensement des actes antisémites commis sur le territoire français
réalisé par le SPCJ se fait en étroite coopération avec le Ministère de l’Intérieur.
L’antisémitisme en France en 2015 est extrêmement élevé, hyper-violent et endogène :
‣ 808 actes antisémites commis en France en 2015 ayant donné lieu à un dépôt de plainte.
Un nombre extrêmement élevé.
‣ En 2015, 29 personnes (hommes, femmes, enfants, bébés) sont prises en otage dans un
supermarché cacher le 9 janvier 2015. 4 personnes y sont exécutées.
‣ Pour la première fois, l’antisémitisme en France atteint un niveau extrêmement élevé
indépendamment de tout conflit armé au Proche Orient.
‣ En 2015, une fois de plus, les Juifs, qui représentent moins de 1% de la population totale,
sont la cible à eux seuls de 40% des actes racistes commis en France et de 49% des
violences racistes aux personnes.
‣ En France, en 2015, en moyenne, 2 actes antisémites sont recensés par la police chaque
‣ En 2015, de très nombreux témoignages de victimes d’actes antisémites évoquent leur
réticence à déposer plainte pour des insultes antisémites, des menaces ou des violences
légères alors que certains, quelques mois plus tôt, se sont fait exécuter, car Juifs.
‣ Le nombre de Juifs qui quittent ou envisagent de quitter la France pour rejoindre d’autres
pays ne fait qu’augmenter. Une grande partie des Juifs en France ne comprend plus sa
place dans la Nation, se sent incomprise au-delà même de son insécurité physique.
Date: 2016
Abstract: TEV Foundation and its associated research center, The Brussels Institute, are new additions in the struggle against anti-Semitism. Their activities include the scientific research and monitoring
of anti-Semitism and related prejudices—confronting and surmounting ignorance. Since 2013, the Institute has issued monthly and yearlyreports on anti-Semitism. The reports cover two types of actions: hate crimes and hate-motivated incidents, defined by OSCE as follows:

• hate crime: a criminal offense motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people
• hate-motivated incident: an offense motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people which may not reach the threshold of a criminal offense

The extensive monitoring of anti-Semitic hate crimes requires the simultaneous use of several types of sources. The events must be recorded and categorized based on their characteristics.

The annual report summarizes the data from the monthly reports by types of incident and presents the legal cases. Based on standard international methodology, in our monthly and annual reports we categorize hate crimes as actions, events, atrocities or manifestations with proven antiSemitic intention or content that are directed towards Jewish people and their institutions or property. The seven form of hate crimes are: murder, serious physical offense, assault, vandalism, threat, hate speech and discrimination.
Of these, the amount of hate speech is clearly the highest since 2013; other recorded forms were vandalism, assault and threat. Other forms have not been reported.

Since 2013, TEV Foundation has provided an annual, comprehensive survey on Hungarian society’s attitudes towards Jews. The third questionnaire-based survey, conducted in
November 2015, shows that the proportion of anti-Semitism slightly increased last year. The summary of the results shows that one-third of the population harbors (to varying extents) the most
common and clichéd anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The survey examined the respondent’s opinions and attitudes towards Jews, the frequency and strength of anti-Semitic prejudices, perceptions, and associations of anti-Semitism. The sample size was 1200 respondents, aged 18 and older. The respondents were questioned in person. We based our survey methods on the ideas and questionnaires developed by the sociologist András Kovács. We used updated, extended versions of
questionnaires that have been used repeatedly since 1995, allowing us to juxtapose data from different years.

We also discuss an encouraging legal action: punishment for denial of the Holocaust by a Mrs. Z. V., the result of action taken by the TEV Foundation.
Date: 2016
Author(s): Muller, Guy
Date: 2016
Abstract: De CIDI Monitor Antisemitische Incidenten registreerde in 2015 meer antisemitische incidenten op Nederlandse scholen dan in de afgelopen tien jaar, terwijl het totale aantal incidenten juist daalde. CIDI dringt aan op maatregelen om het antisemitisme op scholen terug te dringen. In totaal registreerde CIDI in 2015 126 incidenten; dat was 26 procent minder dan in het piekjaar 2014, maar nog steeds boven het ‘normale’ niveau. De daling van het totale aantal incidenten wordt vooral verklaard door minder gescheld op straat en door de afname van het aantal haatmails; andere soorten incidenten bleven gelijk of stegen.

Het aantal antisemitische incidenten op scholen is in tien jaar niet zo hoog geweest als in 2015. CIDI registreerde 16 incidenten op ‘scholen’, van de basisschool tot op de universiteit. Het is voor het derde jaar op rij dat incidenten in en rond scholen stijgen. CIDI-directeur Hanna Luden spreekt van een “zorgelijke trend”: “Antisemitische incidenten brengen de veilige leeromgeving van leerlingen in gevaar en een stijging voorspelt weinig goeds voor de toekomst”, aldus Luden.

Ook antisemitische spreekkoren in het voetbal acht CIDI zorgelijk. Het aantal incidenten in de categorie ‘sport’ verdubbelde. CIDI telde 10 incidenten in 2015, tegen 5 het jaar daarvoor. Vrijwel alle incidenten in de sport doen zich voor rond het voetbalveld. Anders dan gedacht, gaat het in ruim de helft van de gevallen niet om scheldkoren bij wedstrijden tegen AJAX. In 2016 hebben de eredivisieclubs een betere aanpak afgesproken met de KNVB en Eredivisie CV: CIDI vindt dat hier streng op moet worden toegezien.

Het aantal incidenten met bekenden in de ‘directe omgeving’ steeg fors. Dit waren er 36 in 2015, het hoogste aantal sinds 2011 en 20% meer dan het voorgaande jaar (30). Het gaat hier om incidenten met bijvoorbeeld collega’s, buren, of medeleerlingen.

Voor het overige blijven incidenten met vandalisme en geweld relatief hoog. In 2015 werd in 5 gevallen fysiek geweld gebruikt (slechts 1 minder dan het jaar daarvoor). Zo werd in Arnhem een Joodse jongen tijdens het uitgaan door een groepje daders uitgescholden voor “kankerjood”, tegen de grond geduwd, en geslagen. In Amsterdam werd een vrouw antisemitisch uitgescholden en bij de keel gegrepen, en in Enschede brak een man op meerdere plekken zijn pols tijdens een ruzie met een leverancier die “Sieg heil” naar hem schreeuwde. In geen van die gevallen is een dader gevonden of vervolgd.

CIDI dringt aan op maatregelen om het antisemitisme op scholen te voorkomen en bestrijden. Er dient een antidiscriminatie-leertraject op te worden gezet, dat alle leerlingen al vanaf jonge leeftijd doorlopen en waarin ook Nederlandse kernwaarden als democratie, inclusie en respect voor elkaar worden bijgebracht.
Date: 2016
Abstract: The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem is attempting the first-ever demographic and genealogical study of a national Jewry as a whole, from its inception to the present day. This article describes the project, its aims, methodology and preliminary results. We use specially developed data retrieval methods that enable the access of available online sources, and we demonstrate that the extensive datasets we have generated are amenable to multidisciplinary analysis and interpretation. Utilising detailed information from the Scottish Census in 1841 till the 1911 Census (the most recent available under access regulations) and vital records from the middle of the nineteenth century to date, plus newly digitised Scottish newspaper and court records, a new and clearer picture of Scottish Jewry emerges. In presenting demographic and historical results already available from the study, we challenge some conventional perceptions of Scottish Jewry and its evolution.

By way of illustration, the article presents some of the preliminary demographic and historical results of the study, which challenge conventional wisdom. Among other things, the study reveals the migrant and transitory nature of the Jewish population in the nineteenth century and documents its stabilisation and eventual decrease in the twentieth century, on the basis of birth, marriage and death rates; and its dispersal throughout the country, beyond the major concentrations in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hopefully, this study will serve as a model for other genealogical research into defined groups, religious or otherwise, at the national level.
Date: 2016
Abstract: Following the unprecedented number of antisemitic incidents in the summer
of 20141, the Scottish Government funded the Scottish Council of Jewish
Communities (SCoJeC) to carry out a small-scale inquiry into ‘What’s changed
about being Jewish in Scotland’ since our 2012 inquiry into the experience of
‘Being Jewish in Scotland’.
Our principal findings were:
- 38 respondents to our survey (32%) explicitly talked about a
heightened level of anxiety, discomfort, or vulnerability, despite not
having been directly asked.
- 20 respondents (17%) – many more than in 2012 – told us that they
now keep their Jewish identity secret.
- As a result there is less opportunity for Jewish people to develop
resilient and supportive networks and communities.
- 76% of respondents said that events in the Middle East have a
significant impact on the way they are treated as Jews in Scotland.
- 80% of respondents said that the events in the Middle East during
summer 2014 had negatively affected their experience of being
Jewish in Scotland.
- 21 respondents (18%) mentioned the raising of Palestinian flags
by some Local Authorities as having contributed to their general
sense of unease.
- 16 respondents (13%) told us that they no longer have confidence in
the impartiality of public authorities, including the police.
- Several respondents said that, for the first time, they were
considering leaving Scotland.
- Antisemitism in social media was a much greater concern than in
our 2012 inquiry.
- 12 respondents (11%) told us they found it difficult to find anything
good to say about being Jewish in Scotland.
Commenting on the preliminary findings of our inquiry into What’s Changed About
Being Jewish in Scotland, Neil Hastie, head of the Scottish Government Community
Safety Unit, said: “The emerging themes from this report are particularly valuable;
as is the data on how the international context can impact very palpably on the
experience of being Jewish in Scotland. There is much in this for us (and Ministers)
to consider.”
We are disturbed by the extent to which this inquiry shows that Jewish people’s
experience in Scotland has deteriorated as a result of the wider community’s
attitudes towards events in the Middle East. But despite the negativity and level
of discomfort expressed by many respondents, and the fact that some are, for
the first time, wondering whether they should leave Scotland, the vast majority of
Scottish Jews are here to stay, and we therefore welcome the Scottish Government’s
willingness to listen to the concerns of Jewish people in Scotland to ensure their
safety and well-being