U.K. Makes Around 17,000 anti-Semitic Searches Every Year, Study Reveals

Report says anti-Semitic Google searches spiked on Holocaust Remembrance Day, after Israel won Eurovision Contest, and after Jeremy Corbyn met with Jewish leaders

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Around 170,000 anti-Semitic Google searches are made every year in the U.K., a recent report released by the Community Security Trust (CTS) reveals. The study by the British charity estimates that about 36 percent of Google searches with the word "Jew" may have anti-Semitic intent.

The most common anti-Semitic searches are those mocking Jews, with "evil" and "racists" among the most common terms used in relation to Jews. The report adds that there is a direct correlation between those who make anti-Semitic searches with those who make searches involving prejudice against other minorities. "Someone who searches for 'Jew jokes' is 100 times more likely to also search for 'n****r jokes,'" the CTS report says.

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In December of 2016, Google removed several search suggestions, including "are Jews evil," from its automatically generated search algorithm. However, the CTS report reveals that this only decreased such searches by 10 percent.

A 79 percent spike in anti-Semitic searches in April of 2018 was reported, most of which reportedly took place one day after Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Jewish community representatives. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, searches for "Holocaust hoax" rose by 30 percent. Meanwhile a 30 percent increase in anti-Semitic searches was reported in the days following Netta Barzilai's victory in the 2018 Eurovision song contest.

According to the study, the U.K. ranks third in the world for searches about Zionism, following Israel and Lebanon.

The study covers a 14-year period based off analyzed internet search data from Google Trends and Google AdWords.

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