Total Mentions: 16.18 K | Individual Accounts: 16.06 K | Total Retweets: 3161
Total Impressions: 28.93 M | Total Reach (estimate):~7.1 M
The phrase “homophobia and antisemitism” has been used over 16,000 times in the past week and has been one of biggest trending phrases this week. The phrase is being used in response to two main stories.
Investigations have found an increase in racist, homophobic, and antisemitic slurs on Twitter in the month since Elon Musk became its CEO. These reports have been extensively shared on the platform despite Musk’s best efforts to contradict these claims. Musk himself has recently posted images of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon of a frog that was hijacked and repurposed by white supremacists as a hate symbol, numerous times since he acquired the platform.
The phrase has also been used in response to comments made by singer Akon during an interview last Friday night, where he said he supports the opinions of Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, urging people to “open up [their] minds [and] let things play all the way out and better understand the situation.” People on Twitter have been lashing out against Akon’s comments, arguing that “racism, sexism, homophobia, and antisemitism are not opinions” and need to be universally condemned.
For All Topics Regarding Antisemitism As Compared to Last Week
Phrases & Hashtags
Over the Past Week
*The bigger the phrase, the more total mentions it had in the time period
“Kanye West,” “Hitler and Nazis,” “praising Hitler,” “Twitter account,” “swastika inside” - Ye was suspended from Twitter last week after praising Hitler and posting a swastika on Twitter.
“Elon Musk,” “hate speech” - Related to numerous conversations including: increased antisemitism on Twitter, Musk banning Ye, Twitter Files, a Twitter thread of previously unknown information about Twitter business practices, and Musk sharing images of Pepe the Frog, a hate symbol.
“White House” - The White House hosted a roundtable discussion on combatting antisemitism led by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. See below.
“Black People” - CNN host Van Jones’ comments at UJA-Federation of New York’s Wall Street Dinner sparked conversation around the relationships between Black people and Jews. See below.
“Donald Trump” - Related to discussion of former President Trump’s actions last week, including calling for the termination of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 election and having dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes.
“#FreePalestine” -This hashtag has been popular during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. See below.
“Hate Crimes” - Reports on hate crimes in Virginia and New York City. See below.
“#eu” - This is being used in conversations involving Ukraine as well as discussion around comments by Ursula Von Der Leyen, president of the European Commission, that the EU has shared values with Israel.
“#Palestinian” - Related to numerous conversations, driven by the release of Netflix's Farha.
FIFA World cup
Total Mentions: 27.42 K | Individual Accounts: 18.41 K | Total Retweets: 36.2 K Total Impressions: 116.22 M | Total Reach (estimate): ~32.09 M
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar has highlighted the shunning of Jews, Israelis, and the Israeli media on the international stage. The Israeli media are being repeatedly targeted with antisemitic slurs and calls to “Free Palestine.” Videos of these interactions have been common on Twitter and became more popular this week. Following England’s round of 16 win against Senegal, a video of an English fan yelling “Free Palestine” at an Israeli reporter was viewed and shared over 7 million times and the use of the phrase “Free Palestine” increased by 374% over the weekend.
Following Morocco’s win over Spain in the round of 16, a photo of the Moroccan team holding a Palestinain flag went viral with more people online commenting “Free Palestine.”
Total Mentions: 7690 | Individual Accounts: 6396 | Total Retweets: 6856 Total Impressions: 53.92 M | Total Reach (estimate): ~10.8 M
CNN Political Analyst Van Jones issued “an apology for the silence of my community” towards antisemitism that is plaguing Jews during remarks at the UJA-Federation of New York’s Wall Street Dinner Monday night.
Conversation around this topic surged when Talbert Swan, an activist and bishop of the Greater Vermont Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction took issue with Jones’ apology on behalf of Black people and highlighted the fact that the Black community does not get the same treatment. Conversations online were extremely divisive, with many people echoing Swan’s statement while others defended Black-Jewish allyship.
White House Antisemitism Roundtable
Total Mentions: 9184 | Individual Accounts: 4835 | Total Retweets: 5219 Total Impressions: 365.22 M | Total Reach (estimate): ~16.74 M
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff hosted a roundtable discussion at The White House Wednesday in response to the national rise in antisemitism. Emhoff was joined by members of the Biden administration and leaders from the Jewish community, including the ADL and Jewish on Campus. Emhoff took a strong stance against antisemitism in the discussion and many of his statements have been shared on social media by fellow Jews and upstanders of the Jewish community.
Rise in Antisemitism
Recent statistics have shed new light on the state of antisemitism in 2022, suggesting this will be another record breaking year for antisemitic incidents:
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Commission to Combat Antisemitism reports that Virginia has seen nearly 350 antisemitic incidents in 2022, including more than 100 cities and towns receiving white supremacist propaganda in Virginia.
The New York City Police Department released their office crime statistics for November, which documented 45 antisemitic incidents, an average of an antisemitic attack every 16 hours, and a 125% increase from the same time period a year ago. Jews were the most targeted group in New York City, accounting for 60% of all hate crimes. To date, there have been a total of 282 antisemitic incidents an increase of 55% in hate crimes against Jews from 2021.