New website a 'glossary' of hate to expose anti-Semitism

Hadas Kuznits
November 18, 2019 - 8:23 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new website from the American Jewish Committee is pointing out the language and anti-semitic tropes online and on social media that they say are leading to a rise in bigotry and violence.

Marcia Bronstein, regional director of the AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey region, says the site, called "Translate Hate," was created on the heels of the organization's landmark study, which indicated that anti-Semitism has been on the rise for the past five years or so.

"It is designed as an innovative, digital resource that enables Americans of all backgrounds to expose anti-semitic tropes and then to take action against them," Bronstein said. "There are a lot of ideas that get shared and translated that are very problematic and create a lot of hatred and bigotry in the world and then create violence."

Some of the key findings in the study:

"That American Jews are deeply concerned about anti-Semitism and that it is spreading. Jews are hiding their Jewishness; they're concerned for fear and safety. And Jews consider anti-Zionism anti-Semitic."

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Bronstein said the website makes examples of real tweets and news headlines and explains why certain messages can be harmful.

"It's almost like a glossary of anti-Semitic tropes and expressions," explaining why certain ideas are considered problematic, she said.

"There's a table of contents in Translate Hate, and it's alphabetical, whether it's 'blood libel' or 'dual loyalty' or 'greed,' 'Holocaust denial' — so everybody can see an A-Z listing. 'Zionist,' 'scapegoat.'  There's a definition for all these things."