A cartoon by Polyp for Get the Trolls Out! Moral outrage is no excuse for the collective blame of racism. Challenge those who think it's ever acceptable, whoever their target might be- antisemitism included! Sometimes it seems that people think it is permitted to make racist comments about a specific incident, group or within a specific context. Obviously that is not the case: no exceptions should be made. Ever.
From the minimisation of antisemitism on Bloomberg News to the anti-Jewish hatred expressed by an anti-Islamophobia icon, from the “burning of the Jew” as a Easter traditional celebration to the antisemitic rant of boxing champion Tyson Fury, these May highlights are an overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Although our knowledge of the Holocaust is based on historical evidence, in antisemitic speech, the mass murder is often downplayed and denied.
It is possible to say things without actually saying them. On such occasions, messages are only suggested, conveyed — or, implicated instead of being directly expressed.
Two employees of SFR, one of the main French telecommunications companies, have been suspended after making antisemitic and sexist insults against customers on Periscope.
Cartoon by Bela Weisz for Get the Trolls Out
The man standing is talking to the editors of Hungarian media outlets that have been spreading conspiracy theories about George Soros, Hungarian-American business magnate, investor and philanthropist of Jewish descent.
The funny but untranslatable bit is that, in Hungarian language, Soros means also "turn". So, when the man says “it is your turn (Soros) Gyuri” – Gyuri being the fictional name given to the editor of the public television in this cartoon.
Cartoonist Bela Weisz drew this cartoon for Get the Trolls Out to expose and ridicule the constant anti-Soros propaganda in Hungarian media.
When are attacks against Soros used to hide antisemitic sentiments? Read more here.
Antisemitism discriminates against Jews simply because they are Jews. However, the idea of victimising a group of people just because of their ethnic background may sound too overtly racist to many.
Among the various Christian Orthodox traditions in Greece during the Easter holidays, a custom stands out as an example of how deep the roots of antisemitism are in Greek society.
By referring to these names, some speakers use an old rhetorical trick, synecdoche, which allows them to voice anti-Jewish hatred and, at the same time, deny antisemitism. They talk about the whole (Jews) by referring only to a part of it (Soros or Rothschild).