Foreword by the Minister of Diaspora Affairs

The history of the Jewish people is embedded in Antisemitic events: from the blood libels of Eastern Europe and the derogatory terms used in North Africa through mass deportations from Spain, the Netherlands and other countries, to physical abuse such as the Kishinev pogrom and the Baghdad Farhud. Although the establishment of the State of Israel gave a sense of security to the Jews around the world and sometimes even a place of refuge, unfortunately many Antisemitic phenomena still exist - and find a home and wide support on the Internet.

A quick survey teaches us that anti-Semitic incidents in the world come from all extremities of the spectrum: Islamic extremists, nationalist parties in Eastern Europe, radical right-wing activists in Western Europe, the Alternative Right in the US, politicians from European parties and the radical anti-Semitic left under the guise of criticism of Israel on US campuses.

Islamic extremists, nationalist parties in Eastern Europe, radical right-wing activists in Western Europe, the Alternative Right in the US, Labour Party politicians in the UK and the radical anti-Semitic left under the guise of criticism of Israel.

 

In recent years, we have also witnessed an increase in incidents directed against the Jewish communities under the pretext of a protest against Israel's policy. The damage to synagogues and community institutions in France or Australia and not to the embassies and their employees, shows that anti-Israel rhetoric is nothing more than a cover for actions intended to harm not Israel, but the Jews - authentic anti-Semitism.

This is not a decree of fate. The drastic decline in anti-Semitic incidents in France in 2016 shows that determined governments can successfully combat anti-Semitism, reduce anti-Semitic incidents, and strengthen the sense of security of Jewish communities. On the Internet, it must be ensured that the efforts of the various governments against the IT companies will continue, so as to enforce the "Community Standars" which they themselves set for the protection of Jewish users.

The Ministry of the Diaspora Affairs under my leadership, who is responsible for leading the struggle against the scourge of Antisemitism on behalf of the government, will contin- ue to serve as a hub for the collection and dissemination of information to governments, organizations and activists.  This website is intended primarily to provide information to anyone interested. Academics and heads of communities, families and law enforcement agencies will be able to find up-to-date information on Antisemitic events around the world and on the Internet. In addition, the site will allow every user to be exposed to the data, figures and organizations responsible for disseminating hatred on the Internet - thus empowering those who want to fight racism and hatred against the Jews.

The Government of Israel and at its head the Ministry of Diaspora, will continue to work with the relevant authorities to combat anti-Semitism and to protect every Jew, anywhere in the world.

Sincerely,

Naftali Bennett
Minister of the Diaspora Affairs.