Israel: Rise of social media linked to rising anti-Semitism

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Posted: Sep 07, 2016 6:38 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador says there is a clear link between the rise of social media and the rise of anti-Semitism and is demanding that media companies "stop providing a platform for hate sites."

Danny Danon told a High-Level Forum on anti-Semitism on Wednesday that recent studies found a 40 percent increase in violent anti-Semitism globally.

In France, he said, anti-Semitic incidents today are seven times higher than in the 1990s. And in Britain, he said, 2014 saw the highest-ever number of attacks against Jews.

"On Twitter, 63 percent of the anti-Semitic tweets are calls for violence against Jews," Danon said. "But only 1 in 10 are ever removed."

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power called for "more effective tools to monitor and confront anti-Semitism online and in social media."