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Brazil recorded 6 cases of anti-Semitism per day in 2024, says study

Brazil registered almost 6 cases of anti-Semitism per day in 2024, according to the report. In total, 886 complaints were recorded, a number six times bigger in number of cases compared to the same previous period.

The data comes from the second edition of the Antisemitism Report in Brazil, organized by the Israeli Confederation of Brazil (Conib), with the Israeli Federation of the State of São Paulo (Fisesp) and the Department of Community Security (DSC), published at an event at the Club Hebraica, in São Paulo, this Tuesday (11).

“We are heading down the path in which intolerance is becoming normalized and that is very bad,” says Claudio Lottenberg, president of Conib, in an interview with CNN . According to him, the current polarized and intolerant society is cultural and must be combated.

Brazil recorded 12 cases of anti-Semitism per day after Hamas attack

Between October 1st and December 31st of last year alone, Brazil recorded 1,119 reports of anti-Semitism – around 12 per day – an increase of almost 800% over the 125 reports in the same period.

The growth in cases against the Jewish community was triggered by Hamas’ attack on Israel, on October 7, 2023, according to the study. The worsening of the conflict completed 8 months last week.

In November 2023 alone, there were 18 reports of anti-Semitism per day, 18 times more than the 2022 average.

We have to act in an educational manner, especially in schools, where we see anti-Semitic demonstrations by children, who perhaps learn in their own homes

Marcos Knobel, president of the Israeli Federation of the State of São Paulo (FIESP)

The survey counts acts of anti-Semitism of verbal and physical aggression against members of the Jewish community on the streets and around synagogues, as well as vandalism (graffiti, stickers and anti-Semitic and Nazi posters) and apology (distribution of pamphlets, newspapers and posters calling for an end to of the State of Israel or with generic anti-Semitic tropes). Additionally, online violence was taken into account.

Antisemitism on social media

The research also shows that attacks on the Jewish community increased on social media — there were more than a thousand in 2023, growth of more than 400% compared to the previous year. Instagram concentrated the majority of cases in Brazil (43%), in second place is X (32%), which occupies the first position globally.

In 2022, online attacks accounted for just over half of attacks, a proportion that jumped to 74% in 2023. Publications of anti-Semitic speech were made through false or manipulated news and information, sometimes through fake profiles. Artificial intelligence-generated images have also been used to attack Jewish people.

The numbers are alarming and demand urgent action to combat hatred towards members of the Brazilian Jewish community,” says the president of Conib.

Source: CNN Brasil

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