MembersCorona Proves That Antisemitism is Still a Danger

“In the course of the pandemic, the Jews are one of the most vulnerable communities,” says EU’s new antisemitism czar

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Antisemitism
Counter-protestors hold a sign reading "Against any antisemitism" in front of a planned demonstration by Corona-sceptics calling for an end to restrictions in Germany. Photo: OMER MESSINGER/ EPA-EFE

“With the Corona pandemic, we were once again shown how easily antisemitism can break out again,” said Katharina von Schnurbein (48), the first EU coordinator in the fight against antisemitism. “The global pandemic and the brutal discourse on social networks are a new challenge for us. In the course of the pandemic, the Jews represent one of the most attacked communities. They are accused of being responsible for producing the virus and for producing the vaccinations against it, of course only for financial reasons.”

Schurbein makes clear that these antisemitic tirades are fueled by ignorance and indifference. In an interview with the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, she admitted that all efforts against the corporations behind the social networks have so far been unsuccessful. Now the EU is planning new laws on digital services and artificial intelligence to limit the spread of fake news. Von Schnurbein has big plans on how to legally stop racism in digital media.

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