Total Mentions: 20.93K | Individual Accounts: 14.58K | Total Retweets: 18.23K Total Impressions: 87.52M | Total Reach (estimate):~32.35M
Gary Lineker, the host of BBC’s “Match of the Day”, was reinstated this week after being suspended by the BBC for his controversial comments comparing the language of a new British immigration policy to Germany in the 1930s. Lineker's remarks, made in response to a video by British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, sparked heated debate online. While some accused Lineker of downplaying the Holocaust and misusing his platform, others supported his stance and urged the BBC to reinstate the popular commentator. Peter Hitchens, a writer for the Daily Mail, asserted that Lineker’s comments were a smear job against a conservative politician and asserted that “Nazis were very Left-wing”. Hitchens’ statement spiraled into a separate, but parallel, conversation about the political affiliation of the Nazis.
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“Gary Lineker,” “Germany in the 1930s,” “1930s Germany,” “Auschwitz Museum,” - See above.
“first time” - Related to the FBI’s supplemental hate crimes report. See below.
“#Israel,” “#freePalestine,” “#apartheid,” “#apartheidIsrael,” “#bds,” “#RachelCorrie,” “year old,” “Israeli apartheid,” - Related to discussion of Israel - Palestine.
Silicon Valley Bank
Total Mentions: 10.13K | Individual Accounts: 5.7K | Total Retweets: 6.4K Total Impressions: 27.85M | Total Reach (estimate): ~14.9M
Conspiracy theorists used the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank last week as an opportunity to amplify and share antisemitic messages and beliefs. Users online blamed Jewish figures, such as the Rothschild family and George Soros, while alluding to the antisemitic conspiracy theories of greed and control of the banks.
Supplemental data from the FBI released this week shows that antisemitic hate crimes increased by 20% in 2021, instead of the 52% decrease first reported in December. The updated report included hate crime statistics from 3,025 agencies that were not included in the original report, in an attempt to rectify the underreported statistics the FBI initially released. The original report included statistics from only 63% of law enforcement, with some of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies, such as the NYPD and LAPD, among those not participating. The supplemental data found a significant boost in the reported number of antisemitic incidents, 817 from the original 324 incidents, a 152% increase. According to the new data, religiously motivated hate crimes increased by 28% in 2021, with Jews targeted 51.3% of the time.
Even with the addition of the supplemental statistics, there are still 3,904 law enforcement agencies that have not shared their hate crime statistics with the FBI.