NJA Vice Chairman Laurence Julius addresses the Knesset about antisemitism in the Diaspora

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) proudly applauds Laurence Julius, Vice Chairman of the NJA, for his insightful and impactful address to the Knesset last week, shedding light on the pressing issue of antisemitism in the diaspora. In his statement, Julius emphasised the urgent need to combat antisemitism in the digital realm and highlighted the role played by the NJA in this ongoing battle.

During his address, Julius stated, “Antisemitism on social media knows no borders”.

The UK Counter Radicalisation Program confirmed that the two biggest sources of extremism were online radicalisation and mental health issues.”

Julius praised the work of Fighting Online Antisemitism FOA, who the NJA have been promoting in the UK.

Social media moderators in Israel understand what antisemitism, while in the UK they either don’t understand it or don’t want to understand it and for the social media companies if they don’t follow up on reports in Israel, they are in the media spotlight. Hence FOA achieves has much more success in taking down antisemitic hate.

The meeting, convened by the Aliyah, Absorption, and Diaspora Committee, was chaired by MK Oded Forrer. The Ministry of Diaspora revealed a staggering 48% increase in the scope of violent anti-Semitic events worldwide, with the first quarter of 2023 witnessing a 22% increase in all anti-Semitic incidents compared to the same period last year.

The NJA recognises the importance of addressing and combating antisemitism in all its forms, including the rise of online extremism and hateful rhetoric. Julius’s contribution to this vital discourse highlights the determination and dedication of the NJA in safeguarding the Jewish community’s interests and promoting a world free from hatred and discrimination.

As an organisation committed to advocating for the Jewish community, the NJA stands united in its support for measures to combat antisemitism and create a safer environment for all. The organisation commends Julius for his powerful address and look forward to continued collaboration in the fight against antisemitism.

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