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Date: 2021
Abstract: As soon as the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic became evident, concern began to be expressed in the Jewish community about how its effects might damage different aspects of Jewish life. Our July 2020 survey of Jews across the UK was designed to investigate some of these effects and bring some data into policy discussion about the future of the community.

In this fifth paper drawing on those survey data, we examine the impact of the pandemic on the working lives of Jewish people in the United Kingdom. It begins by studying how the experience of Jews compares to that of the wider population, and explores the issues of employment, redundancy and furlough, as well as other work disruptions such as income reduction, working from home, and caring for children. With very little data on Jewish employment available, this report provides key insights into the ways in which the community was impacted over the first five months of the pandemic, and points to how it is likely to have been affected subsequently. By providing this analysis, we hope to help UK Jewish community organisations and foundations to respond appropriately to the challenges identified.

Of particular note among the findings: the Jewish employment rate had declined at a lower rate than among the general population, but the Jewish unemployment rate had increased at a higher rate. Whilst many Jews have experienced serious work impacts, and many among the high proportions of self-employed Jews have lost income without having the same access to government financial support as the employed, it seems unlikely that the Jewish population as a whole has suffered disproportionately. We found that those who were most likely to experience severe work disruptions (defined as being made redundant, being furloughed, having their pay reduced and/or having their hours reduced) were the youngest workers (aged 16-24), Jewish women (especially regarding furlough and redundancy), single parents, those with household incomes below £30,000 per year prior to the pandemic, and the most religious respondents, especially Strictly Orthodox workers, more than half of whom (52%) experienced one or more of these severe impacts.

A follow-up survey planned for the coming months will determine how things have changed further since July among Jews, but it is nevertheless already clear that communal investment in employment support is needed, since all national indicators tell us that the employment situation has generally deteriorated since that time. Continued monitoring of Jewish employment rates is imperative if we are to determine and understand how the overall picture is changing and whether various endeavours being undertaken to address the challenges are effective. This will require a combination of continued investigations using data gathered within the community, as well as new investments in analysing and interpreting national data sources to shed light on long-term trends.
Author(s): Boyd, Jonathan
Date: 2021
Date: 2021
Abstract: This qualitative study aimed to address current gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the relationship between modern antisemitism and Holocaust denial and distortion from a regional perspective. This inquiry
focuses on four post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe known as the Visegrád Four. Focus group research was conducted in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to explore how secondary antisemitism is manifested in Holocaust denial and distortion and how secondary and Israel-focused antisemitism (i.e. new antisemitism) can lead to Holocaust denial and distortion in the region.

More specifically, the focus group research was meant to explore: (1) how focus group participants in the Visegrád countries contextualize topics related to Holocaust denial and distortion; (2) how these arguments are framed and justified; (3) how narratives of Holocaust denial and distortion are linked to Holocaust remembrance; (4)
how such narratives are embedded in the discussion on Israel-focused antisemitism; (5) how Holocaust distortion and new antisemitism can reinforce each other in these narratives; and (6) how social settings can give rise to manifestations of antisemitism, including Holocaust denial and distortion.

Drawing on the findings of this research, policy workshops were organized in each Visegrád country to formulate practice-oriented proposals that could inform policy development. The results of the qualitative research and the discussions in these workshops will contribute to the formulation of region-specific survey questions
that can serve as a basis for further research on modern antisemitism in the Visegrád countries.

This report summarizes the qualitative research, its key findings and the resulting proposals to combat Holocaust denial and distortion in the region.
Date: 2012
Abstract:

The countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) are the home today for a substantial number of Jews, many of whom live in poor, economically disadvantaged communities. Throughout the FSU, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has supported the development of Hesed welfare and Jewish community centers to assist in the provision of services to Jews in need and to support the renewal of Jewish life after years of suppression. The present report is designed to review the current economic, health, and social conditions of these elderly Jews in need in the FSU and to compare their circumstances, as best possible, to their counterparts who live in western countries such as the United States.

Data from a large number of sources are reviewed and analyzed, including national statistics, national and local surveys, and client-level data. The data indicate clearly that, in view of demographic composition, as well as economic and social conditions, elderly Jews in the FSU have tremendous needs for supportive services funded by philanthropy compared to their peers in the United States. The comparisons also highlight the disparities in available care among those most in need.

There is a clear need for external support for basic health and social services for elderly Jews in the FSU. Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is not an adequate safety net for the elderly. The situation is in flux and there are unique challenges associated with understanding service delivery in societies that are in transition. The available data on pensions and living circumstances make clear that the economic situation for elderly in the FSU who seek Hesed services is dire. Faced with increasing costs for basic needs such as utilities and food, along with health services including essential medicines, quality care and homecare, the pension amounts that Hesed clients rely on are inadequate to meet their needs.

Date: 2021
Abstract: Overt state-sponsored antisemitism ended in Europe with the fall of the Soviet Union. Antisemitic attitudes, however, remain prevalent in Europe, and some European political actors have instrumentalized antisemitism for political gain. This report examines both the conscious use of antisemitism in European politics and the calculated tolerance of antisemitism, demonstrating that the oldest hatred remains a modern political tool.

Unlike antisemitic incidents of violence, vandalism, or insults, the political use of antisemitism does not target Jews themselves. Instead, antisemitic propaganda targets domestic or foreign audiences as a means of gaining political support. Demonstrating tolerance for antisemitism is another tactic of attracting political support. Polling data shows that these strategies have a rational basis. ADL’s 2019 Global 100 survey of antisemitic attitudes found that one in four Europeans polled harbored antisemitic beliefs.

Antisemitic propaganda has as its goal to energize and attract followers. Antisemitic propaganda is also used to tarnish political opponents in the eyes of a specific audience by intimating that someone is Jewish, supportive of Jewish causes or of the State of Israel. Other times, political opponents are slandered as antisemites or Nazis to diminish their reputations with specific audiences. Each of these techniques will be covered in this report, which focuses on the conscious choice of instrumentalizing or tolerating antisemitism for political gain. Antisemitic rhetoric by political actors as an indicator of bias is a much broader topic, and this report does not cover those instances.

The broad categories of the politicization of antisemitism include (1) politically motivated accusations of, or uses of, antisemitism against political opponents; (2) political appeals to antisemitic beliefs among the public, including the conspiracy theories about Jewish control of government, economy, media; and (3) tolerance of antisemitism within political movements as a strategy for increasing popular support. This list not exhaustive of the political instrumentalization of antisemitism, but this report provides illustrative examples from recent years in these broad categories.

Why is this report important? While violent antisemitic attacks receive wide publicity – and rightly so – the politicization of antisemitism can also severely impact Jewish communities. The British Jewish community provides a compelling example.

In January 2015, 11% of British Jews were considering emigrating, according to a poll by the UK’s Jewish Chronicle. That survey was conducted before Jeremy Corbyn, widely regarded within the British Jewish community as an antisemite himself, was even a leadership candidate for the Labour party. In September 2018, after antisemitism had become a serious problem in the Labour party under Corbyn, the Jewish Chronicle poll found that 39% of British Jews were considering emigrating. And in an October 2019 poll by the UK’s Jewish Leadership Council, just prior to the UK General Election, 47% of British Jews said they would “seriously consider” leaving the UK if Jeremy Corbyn were to win the election.

Had Jeremy Corbyn won, leading a major party widely recognized as tolerating antisemitism among its members, and had even 30% of British Jews emigrated as a result of that single event, that number of roughly 90,000 Jews would have been similar to the total of all the French Jews who left France over the past 20 years.

The sections below are select examples of the different ways in which antisemitism has been instrumentalized for political gain by various actors. The purposes and tactics vary substantially, but have the common element of politicizing antisemitism:

The Russian government instrumentalized antisemitism in the forms of propaganda and “false flag” operations to influence domestic and foreign public opinion in its conflict with Ukraine.
Polish political campaigns used overt antisemitic rhetoric during elections to win votes.
The Hungarian government used coded antisemitism in political campaigns against EU migration policies.
The UK Labour party consciously tolerated antisemitism to widen its political support from far-left radicals.
Ukrainian nationalists glorified World War II era fighters to promote nationalist narratives, while trivializing their involvement in the Holocaust.
The far-right Alternative for Germany party trivialized the Holocaust as part of their appeal to “Holocaust fatigue” among German voters.
Other political actors have engaged in similar acts of politicization, and their absence from this report is not indicative of any assessment. The cases below are simply the most blatant examples of the types of politicization to be highlighted.
Date: 2021
Abstract: CST’s Antisemitic Incidents Report 2020 shows that last year CST recorded 1,668 antisemitic incidents across the UK. This is an 8% fall from the 1,813 incidents recorded in 2019 but is still the third-highest number of incidents CST has ever recorded in a calendar year. There were 1,690 antisemitic incidents recorded in 2018, 1,420 in June 2017 and 1,275 antisemitic incidents in 2016.

A further 402 reports of potential incidents were received by CST in 2020 but were not deemed to be antisemitic and are not included in this total of 1,668 antisemitic incidents. Many of these 402 potential incidents involved suspicious activity or possible hostile reconnaissance at Jewish locations; criminal activity affecting Jewish people and buildings; and anti-Israel activity that did not include antisemitic language, motivation or targeting.

The 1,668 antisemitic incidents CST recorded last year were clearly influenced by the pandemic. There were 41 incidents that referenced the pandemic alongside antisemitic language, and 19 cases of Jewish religious, educational or social events being ‘zoombombed’ by antisemites who accessed the events to express antisemitic abuse. There was a reduction in the number of incidents affecting Jewish schools, teachers and school students, but an increase in the number of incidents at people’s homes. The highest monthly totals came in January, February and June, when the pandemic either had not yet fully struck or when restrictions had been eased. In contrast, the lowest monthly incident totals came in March, April and December, when lockdown measures were at their strictest. Nevertheless, CST still recorded over 100 incidents in all but one month in 2020, which continues the pattern of historically high antisemitic incident figures in recent years: December 2020 was the first month for three years in which CST recorded fewer than 100 antisemitic incidents.

Forty-one incidents in 2020 involved references to the pandemic alongside antisemitic rhetoric. This ranged from conspiracy theories alleging Jewish involvement in creating and spreading Covid-19 (or creating the so-called ‘myth’ of Covid-19), to simply wishing that Jewish people catch the virus and die from it. Overall, 332 incidents, or almost one in five of all antisemitic incidents reported to CST in 2020, involved the expression of antisemitic conspiracy theories (compared to 370 incidents in 2019).
Date: 2012
Abstract: Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden was created in 2000 as an academic and applied institute of excellence, with the mandate of working for the rebuilding of Jewish life and culture in Europe, and educating for active minority citizenship. It does this through offering an intensive one-year educational program in Jewish Studies directed at future leaders of Jewish life and inter-cultural work. Each year 20-25 participants attend the program, from both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds and a variety of European countries. In addition to the one-year Jewish Studies Program, Paideia has also developed activities for its graduates including alumni conferences, educational weekends and Project-Incubator, a two-week summer program to support projects and social innovation across Europe. Project-Incubator was introduced as a follow-up program for alumni, but has expanded its target group beyond graduates. Since its introduction in 2006, the program has developed over 100 different projects. After several years of activity, Paideia decided to conduct an evaluation study to provide a systematic overview of the program's contributions and achievements, and identify unmet needs. The evaluation comprised a follow-up study of all graduates from 2002-2009. This reportpresents the findings of that study. The study findings showed that graduates view the Paideia program as very successful and feel that it contributed to them to a great extent. It was found that all graduates continue to be involved in Jewish activities in their countries of residence. Most report that the program has had an important impact on their professional-life career, on their pursuit of Jewish Studies and on their involvement in Jewish community activities.
Date: 2021
Abstract: As soon as the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic became evident, concern began to be expressed in the Jewish community about how its effects might damage aspects of Jewish life. Our July 2020 survey of Jews across the UK was designed to investigate some of these effects and bring some data into policy discussion about the future of the community.

Part of that discussion involves community income, and specifically whether Jews will feel able to donate to charities in the ways they have previously, or if they will continue to pay membership fees to synagogues or make voluntary contributions to cover the Jewish studies programmes, security and other supplementary activities in Jewish schools.

This paper looks at these issues first by examining respondents’ giving behaviours in 2019, and comparing them to their actual or expected behaviours during the first few months of the pandemic. It finds that, as of July 2020, its effects were found to be rather limited – while charitable giving, synagogue membership fees and voluntary contributions to schools were all expected to take a hit, a strong majority indicated no change in their giving behaviour at this time. Moreover, there are some indications that a shift has taken place in people’s tendency towards giving to Jewish charities over general ones. Whether this is part of a longer-term trend or simply a response to the pandemic is unclear.

The study then investigates those who said they were planning to make a ‘negative switch’ in their giving behaviour, to explore the extent to which that change was due to economic factors caused by the pandemic, or two alternative possibilities: their economic situation prior to it, or the strength/weakness of their Jewish identity.

It finds that changes in behaviour are heavily influenced by the economic impact of the pandemic, particularly with respect to synagogue membership fees, but that Jewish identity also plays a part, most acutely in relation to making voluntary contributions to schools.

Date: 2017
Abstract: How is the Holocaust taught in schools? How do students make sense of this challenging subject? How are people affected by visits to Holocaust memorial sites?

Empirical research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust that tackles these and other questions has grown rapidly over the past fifteen years, a period marked by the professionalization and expansion of the field. In 2013, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) decided to carry out a study to establish a picture of this emerging field of research. A multilingual expert team mandated to collect and review research in fifteen languages identified nearly 400 studies resulting in more than 600 publications. Three years of work resulted in the book "Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders" (March 2017), which carries the field beyond anecdotal reflections and moral arguments.

Download a pdf copy of the publication

This systematic review includes research conducted in most IHRA Member Countries as well as several non-member countries. The multilingual focus of the project enables cross-cultural analyses and the transfer of knowledge between various regions and countries. The book’s two parts present the research first by language and then by selected themes. This innovative transnational, trans-lingual study reflects IHRA’s core mission: to shape and advance teaching and learning about the Holocaust worldwide.

The second outcome is a set of bibliographies in fifteen languages. These bibliographies comprise references to empirical research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust. They also include abstracts or summaries of most of publications. Each bibliography includes research from a single language or related group of languages (both geographically related or linguistically related).
Date: 2017
Abstract: From the Foreword:

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Education Research Project aims to provide an overview of empirical research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust (TLH) with a cross-cultural and multilingual perspective. The outcomes include transferring knowledge between various regions and countries, intensifying dialogue between scholars and educational decision makers and enhancing networking among researchers.

To fulfill these aims, in 2012 the IHRA established a Steering Committee and tasked a team of researchers with skills in a large range of languages. Early in the process, the decision was made to focus upon research which deals with deliberate efforts to educate about the Holocaust and to limit the search accordingly. This decision
meant there was a focus on both teaching and learning. The teaching focused on school settings – although there is also some explicit instruction at museums and sites of memory. Certainly, learning takes place in both school settings and museums/ sites of memory. This focus meant that some areas of scholarship are generally not
included in this collection. Firstly, non-empirical work, which is extensive and important, was beyond the scope of this research. Secondly, analyses of materials such as curricula, films, and textbooks were also beyond the scope.

The Education Research Project culminated in the publication of volume 3 of the IHRA book series Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders, edited by Monique Eckmann, Doyle Stevick and Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs. The book is available in hard copy for purchase and as a free PDF download.

The second outcome is this set of eight bibliographies. These eight bibliographies comprise references to empirical research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust. They also include abstracts or summaries of most of publications. Each bibliography includes research from a single language or related group of languages
(both geographically related or linguistically related). The research team identified almost 400 studies resulting in roughly 640 publications in fifteen languages that are grouped in the following eight language sets:
German, Polish, French, the languages of the Nordic countries, Romance languages other than French (specifically Spanish, Portuguese and Italian), East-Slavic languages (Belarussian, Russian and Ukrainian), English and Hebrew.

The bibliographies presented here contain titles in the original language and translations in English, as well as abstracts in English that were either written by the original authors, written by the research team or its contributors (or translated into English by the team). This set of bibliographies provides a unique tool for researchers
and educators, allowing them to gain insight into educational research dealing with teaching and learning about the Holocaust, not only in their own language, but also in languages they are not familiar with. We hope that this publication and these abstracts will provide a tool that facilitates research across language borders and contributes to further exchange, discussion and cooperation between researchers and educators as well as the creation of international and cross-language networks.
Date: 2020
Abstract: This report, which focuses on the past two academic years, uncovers a much higher number of antisemitic incidents
on UK campuses than had previously been reported. It shows that in some instances, university staff, academics
and student societies were themselves responsible for antisemitism on campus, and that university complaints processes are sometimes inadequate. In one case reported to CST, a Jewish student at the University of Warwick was even subjected to disciplinary investigation after he complained that a member of academic staff had made an antisemitic comment in a lecture. This was later dropped with no action taken against the student.

CST recorded a total of 58 university incidents in the 2018/2019 academic year and 65 university incidents in the
2019/2020 academic year, making a total of 123 antisemitic incidents during the two years covered by this report. The total for 2019/2020 is the highest total CST has ever recorded in a single academic year, despite the year being cut short as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, CST had recorded university incidents by calendar
year, and logged 25 such incidents in 2018; 22 in 2017; and 41 in 2016. The significant increase in university incident totals since 2018 reflects a sustained drive by CST’s campus team to encourage students to report antisemitic incidents. This increase in the number of university incidents therefore needs to be seen within the context of increased awareness among university students of the need and importance of reporting incidents to CST, as well as the rising levels of antisemitism in the UK more widely. It is likely that more incidents
remain unreported.
Author(s): Kahn-Harris, Keith
Date: 2020
Abstract: Since 2014, JPR's European Jewish Research Archive (EJRA) has consolidated social research on post-1990 European Jewish populations within one single, freely available, online resource. EJRA is designed to be a service to community leaders, policymakers and researchers, as well as a resource to help inform the European Jewish research agenda going forward.

Drawing on an innovative methodology, this report presents a detailed statistical analysis of EJRA's holdings. Through this analysis, we are able to pinpoint specific strengths and weaknesses in social research coverage of particular issues in particular countries.

The report finds a clear increase in the research coverage of European Jewish populations since 1990. The amount of coverage in each country is broadly in line with the size of each country’s Jewish population. The majority of the research is produced by researchers whose work is not confined to this field, with a small ‘core' of committed Jewishly-focused researchers. Academia provides the primary base for researchers, but there has been a significant increase in recent years in research reports produced by non-academic institutions, particularly those concerned with monitoring antisemitism.

Approximately 20% of EJRA items concern antisemitism and this proportion has more than trebled since 1990. Research on ‘living’ Jewish communities - as opposed to research on antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance - is far less developed in countries with small Jewish populations. At 8% of the collection, Jewish education appears to be underdeveloped in all European countries with the exception of the UK.

Drawing on the research findings, the report goes on to raise questions regarding possible strategic priorities for European Jewish research for discussion by researchers and organisations that sponsor research. In particular, we ask how and whether research across Europe could be better coordinated and what countries and topics require further support to develop a stronger research infrastructure.
Date: 2019
Abstract: Antisemitismus in der Schule ist ein öffentliches Thema, dem sich manche schulische Akteure entziehen möchten. Wenn man sich des Themas nur anlassbezogen und sporadisch, beispielswiese in einer Projektwoche, annimmt, kann man Diskussionen über die Frage vermeiden, ob einzelne Kolleg(inn)en im eigenen Lehrkörper Antisemit(inn)en sind, ob es Schüler/-innen gibt, bei denen Antisemitismus ein manifestes Problem darstellt, das nicht mehr pädagogisch gelöst werden kann oder auch, ob Lehrpläne und Unterrichtsmaterialien überhaupt den Ansprüchen genügen, um mittel- und langfristig eine Minimierung von Antisemitismus herbeizuführen.

Das vorliegende wissenschaftliche Gutachten will das Feld „Antisemitismus in der Schule“ systematisch erfassen und aufzeigen, an welchen Stellen welche Erkenntnisse der Forschungen über Antisemitismus und politische Bildung umgesetzt werden müssten, wollte man etwas am Antisemitismus in der Schule ändern. Denn es ist naheliegend, dass die Gründe für die unzureichende Handlungsbereitschaft mancher beteiligter Akteure nicht in erster Linie in Unwissenheit liegt, sondern neben weltanschaulichen Gründen auch materielle und finanzielle eine Rolle spielen.

Das Gutachten wird Erkenntnisse der Forschung systematisch darstellen, offene Fragen benennen und am Ende konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen formulieren - viele davon sind Samuel Salzborn/Alexandra Kurth: Antisemitismus in der Schule 5evident und offensichtlich, ob man sie umsetzen will und wird, hängt von der politischen Prioritätensetzung und damit auch von der Frage ab, ob Antisemitismus als zentrales Problemfeld von und für Schulen erkannt wird oder ob man sich weiterhin auf eine punktuelle, von Prinzipien der Aufmerksamkeitsökonomie geprägte Feuerwehrpolitik orientieren möchte, die von den zahlreichen Herausforderungen kaum eine löst, wenngleich die meisten von ihnen - so die vorweggenommene Grundeinschätzung dieses Gutachtens - durchaus gelöst werden könnten
Author(s): Bernstein, Julia
Date: 2018
Abstract: „Antisemitismus ist an deutschen Schulen Normalität.“ Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt die im Dezember 2018 veröffentlichte Studie „‚Mach mal keine Judenaktion!‘ Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze in der professionellen Bildungs- und Sozialarbeit gegen Antisemitismus“ von Prof. Dr. Julia Bernstein unter Mitarbeit von Florian Diddens, Ricarda Theiss und Nathalie Friedlender.

Für die Studie wurden 227 Interviews an 171 Schulen mit jüdischen Schülerinnen und Schülern, deren Eltern, mit jüdischen und nichtjüdischen Lehrkräften sowie mit Fachleuten aus der Sozialarbeit und aus Bildungsorganisationen durchgeführt. Die Befunde von Prof. Dr. Bernstein zeigen, dass antisemitische Äußerungen und Handlungen an Schulen normal sind und häufig nicht erkannt werden. Jüdische Kinder und Jugendliche erleben subtile Anmerkungen, diffuse Ablehnung, offenen Hass und Gewalt. Die offene Selbstpräsentation als Jüdin_Jude in der Schule wird aufgrund der Gefahr von antisemitischen Angriffen weitgehend vermieden. Die Perspektive der jüdischen Lehrer_innen zeigt, dass sie als offen auftretende religiöse Jüdinnen_Juden sowohl von der Schulleitung und im Kollegium als auch von Schüler_innen Benachteiligungen, teils sogar Anfeindungen erfahren.
Es ist die erste empirische Studie zu Antisemitismus im schulischen Bereich, die die Perspektiven von Jüdinnen und Juden in den Vordergrund stellt. Die Studie schlüsselt die Erlebnisberichte aus drei Perspektiven auf: die der jüdischen Schüler/-innen, die der nicht-jüdischen Lehrkräfte und die der jüdischen Lehrkräfte.
Date: 2020
Abstract: This study, the first to assess mortality among Jews around the world during the COVID-19 crisis, draws on data from a wide variety of sources to understand the extent to which Jews were affected by coronavirus in different parts of the world during the first wave of the pandemic, March to May 2020.

The first section describes the methods of quantification of COVID-19 mortality, and explains why measuring it using the excess mortality method is the most effective way to understand how Jewish communities have been affected. The second section presents data on Jewish mortality during the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, drawing particularly on data provided to JPR by Jewish burial societies in communities all over the world. It does so in a comparative perspective, setting the data on Jews alongside the data on non-Jews, to explore both the extent to which Jews have been affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, and how the Jewish experience with COVID-19 compares to the experience of non-Jewish populations.

The immediate impression is that there is not a single ‘Jewish pattern’ that is observable everywhere, and, with respect to the presence of excess mortality, Jewish communities, by and large, followed the populations surrounding them.

The report cautions against speculation about why Jews were disproportionately affected in some places, but rule out two candidate explanations: that Jewish populations with particularly elderly age profiles were hardest hit, or that Jews have been badly affected due to any underlying health issue common among them. They consider the possibility that Jewish lifestyle effects (e.g. above average size families, convening in large groups for Jewish rituals and holidays), may have been an important factor in certain instances, noting that these are unambiguous risk factors in the context of communicable diseases. Whilst they suggest that the spread of the virus among Jews “may have been enhanced by intense social contact,” they argue that without accurate quantification, this explanation for elevated mortality in certain places remains unproven.

The report also includes a strongly worded preface from Hebrew University Professor Sergio DellaPergola, the Chair of the JPR European Jewish Demography Unit, and the world’s leading expert in Jewish demography. In it, he stresses the importance of systematically testing representative samples of the population at the national and local levels, and, in Jewish community contexts, of routinely gathering Jewish population vital statistics. He states: “If there is one lesson for Jewish community research that emerges out of this crisis it is that the routine gathering of vital statistics – the monitoring of deaths, as well as births, marriages, divorces, conversions, immigrants and emigrants – is one of the fundamental responsibilities community bodies must take.”
Date: 2020
Abstract: Im Berichtsjahr 2019 blieb die Schweiz zum Glück von schweren physischen Angriffen auf Jüdinnen und Juden verschont – dies im Gegensatz zu anderen Ländern in Europa, wobei der traurige Höhepunkt sicherlich der Anschlag im deutschen Halle war. Dieser zeigte erneut mit grosser Deutlichkeit, dass Polizei und Nachrichtendienste die rechtsextreme Gefahr streng beobachten und mit aller Deutlichkeit bekämpfen müssen.

In der Schweiz kam es im Jahr 2019 zu zahlreichen Beschimpfungen und Schmierereien mit antisemitischem Hintergrund. Diese wurden dem Schweizerischen Israelitischen Gemeindebund SIG gemeldet oder konnten durch Medienberichterstattung oder eigene Recherchen erfasst werden. Weiterhin ist von einer markant hohen Dunkelziffer auszugehen, da viele Betroffene Vorfälle oftmals nicht melden, womit diese keinen Eingang in den Bericht finden können. Die Plattformen mit der höchsten Zahl antisemitischer Vorfälle bleiben weiterhin generell das Internet und spezifisch soziale Medien wie Facebook und Twitter. Weitverbreitet ist noch immer der klassische stereotypenbezogene Antisemitismus. Der israelbezogene Antisemitismus und abstruseste antisemitische Verschwörungstheorien sind aber auf dem Vormarsch. Beide bestätigen die Theorie des «Judenhasses als Chamäleon»: Antisemitismus und seine fortwährende Anpassung an aktuelle Bedingungen und Diskurse in Gesellschaft und Politik.

Gerade Verschwörungstheorien sind heute besonders populär und haben ihren Ursprung in den unterschiedlichsten Milieus. Die Gefahr, die von diesen Theorien ausgeht, darf unter keinen Umständen unterschätzt werden. Gerade die rechtsextremen Attentäter von Pittsburgh im Oktober 2018, von Christchurch im März 2019, von Poway im April 2019 und von Halle im Oktober 2019 waren alle Anhänger von antisemitischen Verschwörungstheorien. Alle begründeten ihre Attentate mit der sogenannten «Replacement Theory». Diese besagt, dass die alles beherrschenden Juden die europäische, weisse Bevölkerung durch arabische und afrikanische Einwanderer ersetzen wollten. Sie versuchten auch eine neue Mischrasse zu erschaffen, die von minderer Intelligenz sei und so besser kontrolliert werden könne.

Was uns allen immer wieder bewusst werden muss: Auf Worte können Taten folgen. Für gewisse Menschen erscheinen selbst die abwegigsten und wirrsten Verschwörungstheorien wahr. Dementsprechend irrational können daher auch ihre daraus abgeleiteten Handlungen sein. Durch die zunehmende Verbreitung von Verschwörungstheorien und ihr Mitschwingen in scheinbar harmlosen Diskursen wird diesen weiter Glaubwürdigkeit und Legitimität verschafft, was wiederum zu einer stärkeren Verbreitung führt. Das ist eine beunruhigende und auch gefährliche Entwicklung, der Einhalt geboten werden muss. Alle – Zivilpersonen, Politiker oder Lehrpersonen – sind dazu angehalten, solchen Theorien entschieden entgegenzutreten: sei es mittels Counterspeech (Widerspruch oder Gegenrede), Präventionsmassnahmen an Bildungseinrichtungen sowie durch politisches Engagement und schlichter Zivilcourage. Ganz gezielt muss zudem die Verbreitung solcher Theorien eingedämmt werden. Es ist deshalb sehr wichtig, dass Plattformen wie Facebook, Twitter oder YouTube sich aktiv daran beteiligen, Lösungen für einen Verbreitungsstopp in den sozialen Medien zu suchen.

Date: 2020
Abstract: Avec 114 actes enregistrés, le rapport de la CICAD pour l’année 2019 s’achève avec une augmentation des actes sérieux et préoccupants (14 actes en 2019 contre 6 en 2018). Les actes recensés en ligne diminuent (100 actes contre 168 en 2018), notamment sur les plateformes de commentaires des médias romands.

Insultes, menaces de mort contre des enfants juifs se rendant à l’école, profanation de la stèle en mémoire des victimes de la Shoah, propos discriminatoires dans le cadre d’un entretien d’embauche. Quelques exemples de cet antisémitisme décomplexé, qui s’exprime désormais au grand jour. Alors que l’immense majorité des actes antisémites recensés par la CICAD ces dernières années concernaient Internet et les réseaux sociaux, nous constatons en 2019 une augmentation des actes visant les personnes et les biens.

Face à ces phénomènes discriminatoires, la CICAD se mobilise quotidiennement en faveur des victimes tout en adoptant une approche proactive de sensibilisation, d’éducation. Les autorités doivent, quant à elles, prendre les mesures qui s’imposent et soutenir des programmes dans les domaines de l’éducation, de la formation et de la protection juridique.

Enfin, il est important de relever l’inquiétude légitime des communautés juives face aux terribles événements qui se sont déroulés en 2019, notamment l’attaque contre la synagogue de Halle en Allemagne. Comme la CICAD l’a rappelé à plusieurs reprises, il appartient aux autorités municipales, cantonales et fédérales de soutenir les projets visant au renforcement de la sécurité. Le Service de renseignement de la Confédération (SRC) mentionne dans son dernier rapport que

« des intérêts juifs pourraient également être touchés en cas d’attentats sur territoire Suisse ».

La CICAD publie pour la première fois dans son rapport une analyse nationale, élaborée par la CICAD et la FSCI (Fédération Suisse des Communautés Israélites) sur l’antisémitisme en Suisse.

Date: 2020
Date: 2020
Abstract: This detailed and thorough report is rapidly becoming the ‘must-read’ study on European Jews, taking the reader on an extraordinary journey through one thousand years of European Jewish history before arriving at the most comprehensive analysis of European Jewish demography today.

Written by leading Jewish demographers Professor Sergio DellaPergola and Dr Daniel Staetsky, the Chair and Director of JPR’s European Jewish Demography Unit respectively, it explores how the European Jewish population has ebbed and flowed over time. It begins as far back as the twelfth century, travelling through many years of population stability, until the tremendous growth of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, followed by the dramatic decline prompted by a combination of mass migration and the horrors of the Shoah. Extraordinarily, after all this time, the proportion of world Jewry living in Europe today is almost identical to the proportion living in Europe 900 years ago.

Using multiple definitions of Jewishness and a vast array of sources to determine the size of the contemporary population, the study proceeds to measure it in multiple ways, looking at the major blocs of the European Union and the European countries of the Former Soviet Union, as well as providing country-by-country analyses, ranging from major centres such as France, the UK, Germany and Hungary, to tiny territories such as Gibraltar, Monaco and even the Holy See.

The report also contains the most up-to-date analysis we have on the key mechanisms of demographic change in Europe, touching variously on patterns of migration in and out of Europe, fertility, intermarriage, conversion and age compositions. While the report itself is a fascinating and important read, the underlying data are essential tools for the JPR team to utilise as it supports Jewish organisations across the continent to plan for the future.
Date: 2020
Abstract: Az antiszemitizmus elleni küzdelem jelentôs része az antiszemita incidensek elôfordulásának nyomon követése. A Tett
és Védelem Liga egyik célja, hogy a társadalom szélesebb köreiben felhívja a figyelmet az antiszemitizmusra. Ennek elsôdleges eszköze a közéletben elôforduló gyûlölet-bûncselekményekkel kapcsolatos folyamatos és szakmailag megalapozott monitoringtevékenység. Az antiszemita incidensekre és egyéb gyûlöletcselekményekre vonatkozó információk gyûjtése és elemzése hiányában sem a zsidó közösségek, sem az egyének számára nem lehet valós védelmet biztosítani. Az adatgyûjtés eredményét a Tett és Védelem Liga – Magyarországon együttmûködésben a Tett és Védelem Alapítvánnyal – havi rendszerességgel közzéteszi havi jelentések formájában, az egyes országokra/régiókra vonatkozó megállapítások összefoglalóját pedig féléves és éves jelentésben publikálja. A jelentések kétféle cselekménnyel foglalkoznak: antiszemita gyûlölet-bûncselekményekkel és gyûlölet motiválta incidensekkel.
A jelentések mindkét cselekményt összefoglalóan ‘gyûlöletcselekményeknek’ nevezik. Az antiszemita gyûlölet-bûncselekmények és az egyéb típusú gyûlölet-bûncselekmények közötti fô különbség az antiszemita motiváció megléte. Az egyes országok eltérô törvényei és jogszabályi alkalmazásai következtében változó, hogy a büntetôjog szerint
mely antiszemita incidensek számítanak bûncselekménynek. Elôfordulnak olyan gyûlölet motiválta cselekmények is, amelyek ugyan felzaklatják a zsidó közösséget, mégsem tekinthetôek bûncselekménynek, például a szólásszabadság égisze alatt. Az általános áttekintés megszerzése és az idôbeli változások vizsgálata érdekében a Tett és Védelem Liga szerint mindkét típusú cse lekmény dokumentálására szükség van. A minél szélesebb körû monitorozás érdekében a Tett és Védelem Liga többféle forrást alkalmaz. Az események regisztrálásán kívül, az egyes incidensek különbözô
jellemzôit is számba vesszük. A dokumentálás során rögzítjük a cselekmények helyszínére, elkövetôjére (amennyiben ismert), célpontjára és (esetleges) következményeire vonatkozó adatokat, valamint megkülönböztetjük egymástól az eltérô cselekménytípusokat. Ebben a féléves jelentésben a 2020. januártól júniusig terjedô idôszak monitoringtevékenységének eredményeit foglaljuk össze.

2020. év elsô 6 hónapjában a Tett és Védelem Alapítvány összesen 16 antiszemita gyûlöletcselekményt detektált. Ezek
közül 4 esetben rongálást, 11 esetben gyûlöletbeszédet, illetve 1 esetben diszkriminációt azonosítottunk. Támadás és fenyegetés ez év elsô felében nem történt.
Date: 2019
Abstract: Le nombre d’ACTES antisémites (ACTIONS + MENACES) ayant donné lieu à un dépôt de plainte est en hausse de 74% en 2018 comparativement à 2017. Il est passé de 311 à 541 = Plus d’un Acte antisémite commis par jour.

Le nombre d’ACTIONS antisémites (Attentat ou tentative, homicide ou tentative, violence, incendie ou tentative, dégradation ou vandalisme) ayant donné lieu à un dépôt de plainte est en hausse de 89%. Il est passé de 97 à 183 comparativement à 2017.

Parmi les ACTIONS, les Violences physiques antisémites ont augmenté de 170% en 2018, 81 contre 30 en 2017.
= Plus d’une Violence physique antisémite commise par semaine.

En mars 2018, 11 mois après le massacre de Sarah Halimi (zal), une grand-mère juive est sauvagement assassinée chez elle. Mireille Knoll (zal) avait échappé enfant à la rafle du Vel d’Hiv. En 2018, les Français juifs, qui représentent moins de 1% de la population, ont subi 55% des Violences physiques racistes commises en France. Les adultes et les enfants juifs affrontent un quotidien oppressant, agressif et une violence continue.

Le nombre de MENACES antisémites (Propos, geste menaçant ou démonstration injurieuse, tract et courrier, inscription) ayant donné lieu à un dépôt de plainte est en hausse de 67% en 2018 comparativement à 2017. Il est passé de 214 à 358.

Précisons que plusieurs facteurs viennent encore majorer ces chiffres déjà dramatiques. La mesure des Actes antisémites est bien inférieure à la réalité car :

‣ La majeure partie des discours et propagandes antisémites a migré vers Internet ces dernières années. Or, la comptabilisation des Menaces n’inclut que quelques faits relevés sur Internet mais pas la pleine activité antisémite qui s’y propage.
‣ Le curseur de l’antisémitisme en France est allé tellement loin, jusqu’au terrorisme, assassinant même des enfants, des vieilles dames, que les témoins ou victimes de « l’antisémitisme du quotidien » manifestent une sorte de résignation et d’habituation. Ils ne déposent plus plainte pour des faits considérés comme « mineurs » comparativement aux violences physiques antisémites. Or leur gravité et conséquences désastreuses restent entières.
‣ De nombreuses victimes d’Actes antisémites disent ne pas porter plainte par peur de représailles.
‣ De nombreuses victimes d’Actes antisémites sont peu confiantes sur l’aboutissement d’une enquête et sur l’issue d’une procédure pénale.
• L'antisionisme et la haine d'Israël prolifèrent de façon décomplexée voire admise. Ils oeuvrent comme des paravents masquant, voire légitimant l’antisémitisme.
• L’opération Sentinelle, engagée en France dès janvier 2015, avait contribué activement et rapidement à une baisse conséquente en 2016 des actes antisémites, passant de 808 en 2015 à 335 en 2016, soit une baisse de 58%.
Depuis la levée de son dispositif statique, les Actions antisémites n’ont cessé de croître dans des proportions inquiétantes. Ayant démontré leur efficacité, le retour à des mesures de prévention et de protection
dédiées à la communauté juive semble donc urgent et nécessaire.
Date: 2018
Date: 2019
Abstract:
Antisemitisme.be recense, depuis l’année 2001, les actes antisémites commis sur l’ensemble du territoire belge et, chaque année, publie un rapport sur l’antisémitisme en Belgique.Dans ce document, vous découvrirez la liste de tous les incidents recensés, notre méthodologie de travail, ainsi qu’une analyse de l’année écoulée.
Les incidents recensés et analysés dans ce rapport sont ceux qui nous ont été communiqués ou qui ont fait l’objet d’une plainte pour racisme. Les chiffres repris dans cette analyse reflètent bien sûr une tendance et non une photographie exacte dans l’antisémitisme en Belgique.

Tant que les membres de la Communauté juive se sentiront, à juste titre, en insécurité, tant que les institutions juives auront besoin d’être protégées, tant qu’ils ne pourront pas circuler comme tout citoyen belge en toute sécurité lorsqu’il arbore un signe apparent de judaïté (kippa, étoile de David…), l’antisémitisme devra être combattu et les autorités politiques devront y mettre tous les moyens.


Sinds 2001, identificeert Antisemitisme.be antisemitische handelingen in het hele Belgische grondgebied, en publiceert jaarlijks een verslag over antisemitisme in België.

In dit document vind u onze werk methodologie en een analyse van het afgelopen jaar.

Incidenten geïdentificeerd en geanalyseerd in dit verslag zijn ofwel gecommuniceerd of dat het onderwerp van een klacht over racisme zijn geweest. De cijfers in deze analyse, zijn zeker als gevolg van een trend, maar geven niet een nauwkeurig beeld van antisemitisme in België.

Antisemitisme kan niet worden gekwantificeerd in aantallen, maar ook door de ernst van de incidenten, zoals de tragische ervaring die de Joodse gemeenschap zaterdag 24 mei, jl. heeft mee moeten maken.

Zolang de leden van de Joodse gemeenschap zich terecht onveilig voelen, de Joodse instellingen beschermd moeten worden, ze niet in staat zijn om veilig te bewegen net als elke andere Belg wanneer ze enig duidelijk teken van joodse identiteit (Kippa, Ster van David, …) dragen, moet antisemitisme bestreden worden en de politieke autoriteiten moeten alle middelen in deze strijd zetten.
Date: 2020
Abstract: Spätestens mit der Verkündigung eines Einreisestopps für Drittstaatler_innen und einer weltweiten Reisewarnung durch das Auswärtige Amt am 17.März sowie mit dem Inkrafttreten von Kontaktbeschränkungen am 22.März 2020 ist die Covid19-Pandemie auch in den Alltag und das Bewusstsein der Menschen in Deutschland gerückt. Dies hatte in dreierlei Hinsicht Auswirkungen auf das Problemfeld Antisemitismus:

Erstens beobachtete der Bundesverband RIAS von Beginn der Pandemie an das Aufkommen antisemitischer Mythen unterschiedlicher Art zur Entstehung und Verbreitung des Covid-19-Virus, aber auch zu den staatlichen Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung der Pandemie. Zweitens wirkten sich jene Maßnahmen auch auf zahlreiche Formen antisemitischer Vorfälle aus: Als beispielsweise Fußballstadien, Kneipen und Clubs geschlossen, der ÖPNV wesentlich weniger frequentiert wurde, kam es an diesen spezifischen Tatorten auch zu deutlich weniger antisemitischen Vorfällen. Antisemitische Vorfälle, die sich im Internet ereigneten, waren von diesen Beschränkungen gleichzeitig nicht betroffen. Drittens erschwerten die Kontaktbeschränkungen jedoch auch die Arbeit gegen Antisemitismus beispielsweise durch zivilgesellschaftliche Institutionen deutlich. Unter ihnen litt unter anderem die Pflege des Meldenetzwerks
und der vertrauensvolle Kontakt zu Betroffenen-Communities. Es steht somit zu befürchten, dass der Bundesverband RIAS und die regionalen Meldestellen von weniger antisemitischen Vorfällen erfahren haben, als dies sonst der Fall wäre.

An diesen drei Aspekten zeigt sich bereits, dass die Covid-19-Pandemie auf vielschichtige und zum Teil gegenläufige Art Antisemitismus, Gelegenheitsstrukturen für die Äußerungen antisemitischer Inhalte und die Arbeit gegen Antisemitismus beeinflusst hat. Wenngleich sich die unterschiedlichen antisemitischen Artikulations- und
Erscheinungsformen im dokumentierten Zeitraum durchaus überlagerten, lassen sich idealtypisch dennoch in Deutschland unterschiedliche Phasen innerhalb der ersten drei Monaten der Pandemie erkennen, in denen einzelne jeweils stärker hervortraten– beginnend mit den ersten massiven staatlichen Maßnahmen am 17.März: Zunächst spielten sich antisemitische Äußerungen insbesondere im Online-Bereich ab, häufig verbunden mit nicht explizit antisemitischen Verschwörungsmythen, die schnell eine enorme Verbreitung erfuhren. Als sich in einer zweiten Phase auch jüdisches Leben in Deutschland mehr und mehr in den digitalen Raum verlagerte, war dies mit massiven
Formen verletzenden Verhaltens verbunden, die sich direkt gegen Jüdinnen_Juden richteten. In einer dritten Phase manifestierten sich antisemitische Deutungen nicht mehr nur online, also zum Beispiel in Chatgruppen und in Sozialen Medien, sondern auch auf einer Vielzahl von Demonstrationen im gesamten Bundesgebiet. So groß der Zuspruch zu diesen Demonstrationen und so hoch die Zahl der Teilnehmer_innen zunächst teilweise auch war, so stark ließ diese Protestdynamik nach vehementer und einhelliger Kritik in der Öffentlichkeit auch wieder nach – verbunden mit einer
weiteren Explizierung antisemitischer Inhalte. Parallel zu diesen Phasen erfassten der Bundesverband RIAS und mehrere regionale Meldestellen eine Vielzahl antisemitischer Vorfälle mit unmittelbarem oder mittelbarem Bezug zur Covid-19-Pandemie.
Date: 2020
Abstract: Der rechtsextreme Terroranschlag auf die Synagoge in Halle zum höchsten jüdischen Feiertag Jom Kippur im letzten Jahr hat das mörderische Ausmaß antisemitischer Gewalt und die Bedrohung jüdischen
Lebens in Deutschland auf dramatische Weise verdeutlicht. Gleichzeitig häufen sich Meldungen über
antisemitische Beleidigungen und Angriffe im Alltag. Die Mitarbeiter_innen und Vertreter_innen der
an der vorliegenden Studie beteiligten Organisationen solidarisieren sich mit allen Betroffenen und
Angehörigen der Opfer und möchten an dieser Stelle ihre aufrichtige Anteilnahme aussprechen.
Extreme Gewalttaten und alltägliche Übergriffe zeigen in aller Deutlichkeit die Notwendigkeit einer
tiefgreifenden Auseinandersetzung mit dem Antisemitismus auf. Zentraler Bestandteil dieser Auseinandersetzung ist es, die Perspektiven der Betroffenen sichtbar zu machen. Die vorliegende Problembeschreibung will hierzu einen Beitrag leisten, indem sie die Erfahrungen von nordrhein-westfälischen
Jüdinnen_Juden mit antisemitischen Vorfällen wiedergibt. Gleichzeitig geht es um die Frage, wie die
Betroffenen mit diesen Vorfällen umgehen, welche Auswirkungen sie erleben und an welchen Stellen
sie Handlungsbedarf sehen. Weitere Themen sind u.a. die Vernetzung der Jüdischen Gemeinden mit
der jeweiligen Stadt- und Zivilgesellschaft sowie Einschätzungen zum gesamtgesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Antisemitismus.
Die Durchführung und Auswertung der Problembeschreibung „Antisemitismus in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Wahrnehmungen und Erfahrungen jüdischer Menschen“ (im Folgenden „Problembeschreibung:
Antisemitismus in NRW“) gab die Antisemitismusbeauftragte des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Sabine
Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, bei der Jüdischen Gemeinde Düsseldorf am 1. Juli 2019 in Auftrag. Die
Antisemitismusbeauftragte stellte die hierfür nötigen Mittel bereit. Die Durchführung übernahmen
SABRA – Servicestelle für Antidiskriminierungsarbeit, Beratung bei Rassismus und Antisemitismus, gemeinsam mit Bagrut – Verein zur Förderung demokratischen Bewusstseins e.V. und der Kölnischen
Gesellschaft für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit e.V.
Date: 2020