Stories appearing in our World pages originate from aggregated news feeds obtained from various subscription news sources.
Online forums for anti-vaxxers are ‘hotbeds’ of anti-Semitism, British report finds

31 May 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: "Corona Terror - Deprivation of freedom - Vaccination Mafia - Muzzle - I've had enough" is written on the sign of a participant in a demonstration of the initiative "Lateral Thinking 711". The demonstration in downtown Stuttgart is directed against the Corona restrictions and for basic rights such as freedom of assembly and freedom of religion. Photo: Christoph Schmidt/dpa (Photo by Christoph Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images)

(JTA) — Online forums frequented by those opposed to vaccinations are hotbeds of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, according to a new report from the British government.

The 20-page report, titled “From anti-vaxxers to antisemitism: Conspiracy theory in the COVID-19 pandemic,” was published earlier this month by John Mann, Britain’s independent adviser on anti-Semitism.

“The accusations that the pandemic is fake and that Jewish conspirators created the virus are the most dominant in anti-vaxxer communities,” says the report, which is based on two months of monitoring more than 25 Facebook groups as well as Twitter accounts and other social networks.

“Whilst the groups themselves are rarely established to spread antisemitism, they become a hotbed for antisemitic conspiracy theories,” the report said.

While the majority of anti-vaxxers are not openly anti-Semitic, the report said, “their propensity to conspiracy theory reduces their resilience to antisemitic beliefs and attitudes.”

The problem, the report said, has been growing since the start of the pandemic.

The post Online forums for anti-vaxxers are ‘hotbeds’ of anti-Semitism, British report finds appeared first on Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

How do you feel about this article?

Choose from the options below.