Recap 2015: Spotlight on Antisemitism

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In our Recap 2015 series, we take a look at some of our major achievements during 2015.

On March 3, 2015, OHPI launched its first major campaign “Spotlight on Antisemitism” using our new online hate reporting tool The tool was launched on December 9, 2014, the evening before the International Human Rights Day.

The campaign encouraged the public to report antisemitic items on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to our online hate reporting tool. It empowered our partners and supporters within the Jewish community by giving them a platform to report the antisemitism that is rife on social media, and draw attention to the problem.

In all, over 2,000 items of hate were reported during the campaign that ran through March. The Spotlight on Antisemitism campaign received international media coverage and support from overseas NGOs and from the Government of Israel. The campaign has also served as a template for OHPI’s next anti-hate campaign “Spotlight on Anti-Muslim Internet Hate” which was supported by the Australian Federal Police and a range of community groups including the Islamic Council of Victoria.

The items collected during the campaign were analysed and used for writing a report “Online Antisemitism: Meeting the Challenge”. The report was discussed at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism held in May 2015 in Israel. It is scheduled to be published by the Government of Israel, early next year.

The Spotlight on Antisemitism campaign advanced OHPI’s goal of promoting the prevention of abuse by running campaigns against the propagation of online hate that can result in emotional abuse and physical abuse. It also advanced our long term goal of being a world leader in combating online hate and a critical partner who works with key stakeholders to improve the prevention, mitigation and responses to online hate.

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