Wake Up Palestine – Anti-Arab Racism on Social Media

During May 2021 there was 15 times more violent speech targeting Arabs on social Media

An infographic published by the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

Jerusalem24  – During the events of May, social media was a hot bed of activity whether from pro-Palestinian activists to pro-Israel defenders. The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media, published the findings of the Index of Racism, Hatred and Incitement against Arabs and Palestinians. The findings show a 15-fold increase in violent speech compared to the same time period last year. The findings also show that there were 183,000 conversations that included racism, insults or incitement against Arabs, out of 1,090,000 conversations the report monitored which addressed Arabs and Palestinians generally on the internet. 29% of such speech incited violence, while 31% included insults against Arabs and Palestinians, and 40% included racist conversations against Palestinians and Arabs. As for the types of violent speech, 76% was posted in relation to “security and military” events, while 11% was political, mostly targeting Arab members of the Knesset in relation to forming a new government that would rely on Arab parties, and 5% was economic, mainly calling for the boycott of Palestinians and Arabs. According to the Index, Twitter was found to be the most “violent” platform in terms of speech, witnessing around 85% of such content.

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Mohammad discusses the results of the Index of Racism, Hatred and Incitement against Arabs and Palestinians with Mona Shtayyeh, the Local Advocacy Manager at 7amleh, the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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