KNESSET COMMITTEE FOCUSES ON EPIDEMIC OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCITEMENT AND HATE ON INTERNET   

on  28/01/2016 
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Keren Hayesod-UIA supports JAFI program to combat anti-Semitism on campuses

​The second meeting of the Knesset Aliyah and Absorption Committee focusing on combating anti-Semitism took place earlier this week. Participating were representatives of various government ministries and organizations that fight anti-Semitism and BDS on campus, in the social media and other places. 
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Committee chairman KM Avraham Neguise.

Keren Hayesod-UIA supports the Jewish Agency’s Israel Fellows program in Europe and North America, through a network of 2,000 emissaries on campuses, who provide information, guidance and tools to on fighting anti-Semitism and countering campaigns against Israel, while mobilizing pro-Israel leadership. 

This week’s meeting of the Aliyah and Absorption Committee focused on the explosion of anti-Semitic hate and incitement on the Internet and the need to join forces and pool resources in order to optimize efforts to fight this growing phenomenon.  
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Committee chairman, MK Avraham Neguise, cited a report on efforts by a major social network to prevent incitement and expressions of hatred. According to the report, there are a million such posts weekly. An experienced staff that includes speakers of Hebrew and Arabic, among others, has been hired by the social network to monitor the posts. According to that report hateful posts are being removed and posters warned. After a repeat offense, the poster faces denial of farther access to the network.   
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from l-r: Committee chairman, Knesset member Avraham Neguise; Knesset member Yoel Razvozov; Knesset member Sofa Landver; Knesset member ksenia svetlova.

Dr. Eli Tabori of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, discussed the Institute’s program for teachers and professors on campuses in the US and Europe, in 14 languages, to tell the truth about Israel. 
Representing the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, Yair Freiman said that responsibility to coordinate efforts to combat BDS and attempts to delegitimize Israel on the internet had been assigned to this ministry.
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Citing a poll that found that 67% of Israelis are concerned about Jewish communities abroad, Alon Friedman, Director General of Hillel Israel, argued that the government should not be at the front of this battle but rather organizations that work in the field. 
"The European Commission must enact legislation against anti-Semitism that will make it possible to fight it legally", stressed Chai Feisberg of the University of Tel Aviv’s Cantor Center for the Study of European Jewry .   
In summary, chairman Neguise called upon all the government and non-government factors to join forces and work together to fight cyberhate, under the leadership of the government and international organizations.

Photo by: Avi Chayun

 
 

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