How can antisemitism be measured comparatively across countries and in social media? In Paris on September 20, 2016, leading scholars, experts and practitioners from Europe, North America and Israel held a closed consultation to confront this question. Since then, the scholars involved have produced this draft Report. The objective of this project is to create an effective multi-layered “tool” to measure antisemitism effectively.
The lack of such a tool has been felt for some time. The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency noted in a Working Paper on Antisemitism in 2012 that “Continued and sustained efforts at the national and international levels, as well as at the level of civil society, need to be exerted if data collection on the matter is to be improved. The ready and regular availability of robust and comparable data on the situation of antisemitism in the EU would enable policymakers and relevant stakeholders to develop targeted interventions to combat antisemitism.”
This innovative project to create an internationally applicable measurement tool was initiated by ISGAP (The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy), and is supported by the Israel Ministry for Diaspora Affairs. The Paris meeting was graciously facilitated by CRIF. Professor Steven W. Popper of the JPPI (The Jewish People Policy Institute) has served as lead scholar and author. We anticipate that based on this draft Report, the measurement tool will be further refined and implemented to provide an integrated method greatly needed by international agencies to address a pressing problem felt by Jewish communities.
- Steven W. Popper, Dan Shalmon, Dr. Charles Asher Small, Dr. Mala Tabory, and Tal Wolfson, March 2018.
Measuring Antisemitism: An Expert Research Report In Progress.