From a Belgian politician comparing Islam to Nazism, to fake news being portrayed misleadingly as actual news in Hungary, these June highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Sometimes online hate speech hits the comment sections rather unexpectedly, but most of the time it follows an established pattern. One example is news articles about the Arab-Israeli conflict that usually lead to a wave of antisemitism. It does not even need to be coverage of the actual military conflict. Even Israeli culture and music can serve as a canvas for bigotry, as an example from May revealed yet again.
The mere fact that Israeli singer Netta won the Eurovision song contest was reason enough for antisemitic comments. Israel and Israelis serve as a new projection screen for well-established antisemitic narratives and ideology, including ideas about a world conspiracy. It is these double standards that turn the Jewish state Israel into the Jew amongst the states, as historian Léon Poliakov once put it.
The article on “Belltower News” by Stefan Lauer explains how the Jewish state is used as a scapegoat and how Israel-related anti-Semitism reveals itself – not only in the comment section, but also in the news coverage itself.
Read the whole article in German: https://bit.ly/2mCpGVj
GTTO partners in Belgium, the European Union of Jewish Students, drew attention to an incident at the Beerschot-Antwerp football match on 15 April 2018 when Beerschot Wilrijk supporters sang antisemitic chants and displayed antisemitic banners.
This video takes common claims used against a minority group such as "Jews run the world” and questions what would happen if we discussed other groups in the same manner. For instance, this vodeo asks why Austrians don’t suffer the same accusations of holding power in the world, given how ever-present the Habsburg royal family is.
An antisemitic article that blamed Israel’s crimes for the rise of anti-Jewish incidents in the UK has been removed from the Morning Star, after the newspaper received complaints from several Jewish organisations.
From a French magazine editor denying the Holocaust to false news about refugees in Greece, these May highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
May media monitoring highlight for France. In a tweet, Bourbon is denying the overwhelming body of evidence about the genocide of six million Jews during World War 2.
The Troll of the Month is an episode we choose every month to expose racist and anti-religious haters and to show the positive outcomes in the fight against intolerance in Europe.
In France the online newspaper ‘Mediapart’ published an article on 12 April 2018 entitled ‘Vampires do not feed on their own blood’. The vampire in the article refers to Bernard-Henry Lévy, French public intellectual, media personality, and author. The comparison of Bernard-Henry Lévy to a vampire is an old fashioned anti-Semitic stereotype.