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Googlers look up how to kill Jews

AROUND one in 10 of the more than 170,000 antisemitic Google searches made in Britain every year include violent phrases such as “kill Jews”, according to a new CST report.

‘Hidden Hate: What Google Searches Tell Us About Antisemitism Today’ revealed that while most of the searches are for jokes mocking Jewish people, the most common negative stereotypes claim Jews are “evil” and “racist”.

The findings cover a 14-year period from 2004, and are based on analysis of Google data, as well as from the archives of far-right website Stormfront.

It found that there are more Google searches in the UK into the Rothschild banking family than for Jewish celebrities such as David Baddiel or Tracy Ann Oberman.

Almost all the searches are looking for conspiracy theories related to the alleged Rothschild domination of the world and there has been a 39 per cent increase in Rothschild-related searches in the past three years.

The report, commissioned by CST and the Antisemitism Policy Trust, also reported that there was a 79 per cent rise in antisemitic Google searches in April 2018, most of which occurred the day after Jewish community representatives met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

CST head of policy Dr Dave Rich said: “The internet provides answers to every question anybody might ask, and that includes antisemites asking how to kill Jews or conspiracy theorists wondering whether it is true that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

“Search engines and internet companies have a responsibility to ensure that people asking these questions are directed away from hateful content and towards material that might challenge their prejudices.”

The UK ranks third in the world for searches about Zionism, according to the report — behind only Israel and Lebanon.

And “Hitler Zionism” is the fourth most popular search about Zionism in the UK, while someone searching for jokes about Jews is 100 times more likely to search for jokes about black people, using the N-word.

There was also a sharp rise in antisemitic searches immediately after Israel’s Netta Barzilai won last year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Antisemitism Policy Trust chief executive Danny Stone said: “Google has made it a lot easier for us to see what people are looking for behind closed doors. It is certainly interesting, but, in this case, it is also frightening.

“In a world where people are increasingly reliant on the web for their information, the prominence of quality material must be a priority.

“We now need Google, YouTube and other technology companies to make it a lot harder for people to fall down rabbit holes of hatred.”


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