Brisbane 6th leading the list in antisemitic posts
Brisbane may be a hotbed of anti-Jewish activity on social media according to new research produced by the Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.
Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Ministry of Diaspora unveiled a new system that monitors antisemitic posts on social media and exposes them.
J-Wire posted the story about the system. But Labor MP Michael Danby spotted the picture above.
The picture below shows a slide with a breakdown of antisemitic tweets from non-Arab and non-Muslim countries, particularly from cities with active Muslim/Arab populations.
It is very surprising to us that Brisbane appears 6th in the world in a computer generated algorithm of anti-Jewish posts.
The research process uses many factors and algorithms to analyse FB posts and tweets. The system scans over 200,000 a day, in four languages: English, French, German and Arabic. The results are analysed according to time, geography and language.
Michael Danby says: “This initiative while welcome, may have some shortcomings, and its results should be received with an air of caution.
It is clear that give the volume of antisemitic material being published online and the online discussions that surround material of this type, that a monitoring system will be a useful tool in combatting commentary of this nature.”
Jason Steinberg is a spokesman for the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies and said the results of this survey were disturbing and surprising.
“While we are not privy to the research, the fact Brisbane has been listed as a hotbed for anti-Semitic posts is alarming and distressing,” Jason said.
There is a strong anti-Israel and anti-Semitic feeling in Queensland from the left and the right-wing that has been growing over the past year. We’ve had the Israeli flag being burned and a Neo-Nazi group posting vile posters around South-East Queensland.
These anti-Semitic incidents reflect the trend nationally and globally. It also demonstrates the racial hatred that exists in our seemingly tolerant and multicultural state.
This is not solely a Jewish issue, nor is it just a Brisbane matter. It should be of grave concern to all decent Australians who care about their fellow Aussies and wish to continue to live in this tolerant, accepting country of ours.”
The Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies will be raising these matters with the Queensland Government and other authorities.