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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Press Release: Launch of Antisemitism Cyber Monitoring System

Press Release: Launch of Antisemitism Cyber Monitoring System
Ministry of Diaspora Affairs Jerusalem 25 January 2018

Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ministry of Diaspora
Affairs reveals new and unique platform for realtime information and
analysis of online Antisemitism

Today (Thursday) Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett revealed a
unique tool developed by the Ministry over the past year: the Antisemitism
Cyber Monitoring System (ACMS), capable of providing real time data and
analysis of online Antisemitism.

Minister Bennett said: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant. From today every
Antisemite online should know he is exposed, the hatred he spreads is being
watched and he will be held responsible. It's time to set a mirror in front
of our enemies and expose the ugly face of the modern antisemite, he who
Tweets Swastikas instead of branding them in the street. From now we will
know who the leading antisemites are and they will be dealt with. "

Bennett added: "Antisemitism hasn't vanished, it has shifted shape and moved
from the street to the web. Especially during the week we commemorate
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must turn the spotlight to the
places from which Antisemitism stems and spreads, as part of the mutual
responsibility Jews have for one another."

The following data points were gathered during a month of the ACMS operating
in a pilot mode:

- 409,000 Antisemitic posts and tweets, written by 30,000 people, were
monitored and analyzed.
- Every day some 200,000 suspected posts and tweets are scanned by the
system.
- Some 10,000 Antisemitic posts and tweets are discovered on a daily basis.
- The three cities spreading the most Antisemitism as of now are: Santiago
(Chile), Denipro (The Ukraine) and Bucharest (Romania).
- In the West, Paris and London are the most Antisemitic cities.
- On December 6, following President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as
Israel's capital, online Antisemitism grew nine-fold compared to previous
days.

The ACMS was developed with the Ministry of Defense, and provides real time
interactive maps showing Antisemitic activity. It can dissect and display
the information based on multiple factors, including geography, language,
date and more.

Based on self-learning artificial intelligence, the program recognizes key
words and patterns, while analyzing the context text in which they were
written. The ACMS uses the working definition adopted by IHRA (International
Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), and monitors English, French, German and
Arabic posts.

In addition the software, the Ministry established a command center, manned
by experts who receive the data from the system and present it to the
Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. When needed, the Ministry works with the
authorities in other countries to take concrete steps against those
spreading hate.


The platform will also provide data for Israeli officials holding diplomatic
meetings, as it can present data relevant to any meeting with foreign
dignitaries. It will also be a tool for journalists and researchers looking
for hard data on the topic.

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