Combat Anti-Semitism in Central Europe

Main objective of ComAnCE project (REC-AG-2018/REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2018) is to produce and present, towards the state authorities, police force, fellows researchers, European institutions and bodies, focusing on discrimination and hate crime, a clear categorization, types and indicators of anti-Semitic hate speech / hate crime in Central Europe (V4) and a profile of consumers/ distributors of such hate speech/ crimes. This objective will be achieved through online survey in project countries and online content analyses of anti-Semitic hate speech/ hate crime in media outlets, especially social media. This database of scientific outputs will help with the creation of customized training program on anti-Semitic hate speech / hate crimes for state authorities, policy forces and NGOs on how to combat, localize and curbing manifestation of anti-Semitic hate speech / crime in V4. Since this type of hate speech is not related to the Jews anymore, and it is very active at the online sphere, it has a greater impact on the position of radicals / extremists in the system. People benefiting from the project are all research fellows from CE countries, whose work focuses on the various types of hatred, all relevant stakeholders and policy makers dealing with these issues and the victims of anti-Semitic hate speech/hate crime.

Duration of the project is 07/2019-06/2021. The results of the project will be mainly the increased capacity of state authorities’ police force and NGOs towards combating anti-Semitic hate speech and hate crime through proposed online database and training’s. This will also lead to the strengthen cooperation between national authorities, key stakeholders and NGOs. We believe that research results and customized training programs that we develop will lead to curbing manifestation of anti-Semitic hate speech and crime.

ACTIVITIES

Analysis and collection of existing data
Public opinion research
Social media analysis
Hate-base database
Training

PROJECT CONSORTIUM

Bratislava Policy Institute (leader),
Civipolis o.p.s.,
Republikon Institute,
Villa Decius

PROJECT COORDINATOR

PhDr. Viera Žúborová, Ph.D.
zuborova@bpi.sk

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MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION OF THE PROJECT (WP1)

– Creation of an internal website to form a repository for documentary and other information that is relevant to the implementation of the project.
– Development of Scientific Coordination plan for all work packages coordinated and consolidated throughout the project duration.
– Internal periodic deliverables report on the achieved results of the project and the overall schedule of tasks.

INSTRUMENTAL, THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK (WP2)

-Final versions of the questionnaires will be developed, pretested and ready to be conveyed to a survey institute – documentation
– The final versions for methodological tool will be developed and ready for WP3 – documentation
– Report on the past and the current situation of anti-Semitism in selected countries in the context of prognosis for the future development

ADMINISTRATION OF SURVEY, CONTENT MEDIA ANALYSES (WP3)

-SPSS ready raw data set from the surveys
-Report on public opinion in V4- synopsis on values and attitude through time on anti-Semitic hate speech
– Report on media content analysis on hate speech – synopsis on current trends in anti-Semitic hate speech at the online sphere

DATA MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN OF DATABASE CATEGORIZATION AND COSTUMIZED TRAINING PROGRAM (WP4)

-Main data set
-National report on media content
-Online database
-Customized training program

DISSEMINATION, POLICY RECOMMENDATION AND EXPLANATION OF DATA (WP5)

– Final exploitation plan
– Policy briefs
– Project website

DELIVERABLES

Customized training program on counter, combat, localize, categorize and target anti-Semitic hate speech/ hate crime online. We created 2 modules of the training program one theoretical taking into consideration main categorization, approaches, methods and definitions and theoretical including practical examples and guide on how to use created database.

The document aims to present a summary of the main findings regarding antisemitic statements in the online space from national reports of four (4) Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) in the ComAnCE (Combat Antisemitism in Central Europe) project. The goal of the ComAnCE project is to produce and present, towards the state authorities, police force, fellows researchers, European institutions and bodies, focusing on discrimination and hate crime, a precise categorization, types and indicators of antisemitic hate speech (hate crime) in Central Europe (V4).

Online database and categorization of anti-Semitic hate speech / hate crime. Online database includes data in 5 languages Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Polish and English. The content of database is based on the previous research of the social media content on the antisemitic comments of users.

The target group for this deliverable are academia in V4, anti-discrimination experts, educational staff/teachers, community leaders, journalist/ media, young people, students, trainers, NGOs, general public, national policy makers, EU policy makers, national authorities, local authorities and policy forces. The data set is also one of the main input used for the created online database.

A synopsis on current trends in anti-Semitic hate speech at the online sphere, including general data on antisemitism, coverage of the topic in different types of media, protection, prevention and countering antisemitism and also some of the well-known cases in all four countries.

A synopsis on values and attitude through time on anti-Semitic hate speech in Visegrad countries. The report presents the result of a survey that measures attitudes towards Jews, to those who are considered to be Jewish, and it measures stereotypes within particular countries in general. The survey, at the same time, deals with social media platforms and it describes how people use them and how they act within these platforms.

Report on the past and the current situation of antisemitism (including hate speech/ hate crime) in selected countries in the context of prognosis for the future development – documentation. The report of the project association is focusing briefly on the current trends in the area of “anti-Semitism” discourse and hate speech related to it. The wide spread and far reaching arm of social media and the internet has opened new wave of stereotypes and prejudices in our societies, and they are becoming more and more vulnerable towards the question of tolerance and difference.

The questionnaire on antisemitic attitudes is a mixture of validate questions measuring standard characteristics and newly created questions for which such standard questions do not exist. Survey was done in all four countries and the results were analysed both separately for each country and in comparison with each other.