A new report has exposed antisemitism in the overwhelming majority of anti-vaccination networks.
The twenty-page report, titled “From antivaxxers to antisemitism: Conspiracy theory in the Covid-19 pandemic” and produced for the Government, urges action against a “resurgence of antisemitism” within the anti-vaccination movement, which it predicts is likely to play a role if and when a vaccination for COVID-19 becomes available.
“Exposing the level of antisemitism amongst the anti-vaxxer movement now is therefore of the utmost importance,” the report warned.
The report, produced by Lord Mann, the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, and Dr Lewis Arthurton, a molecular cell biology expert, reviewed 27 leading anti-vaccination networks on Facebook and Twitter and observed antisemitic content in 79% of them.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has previously reported on antisemitism among protests against pandemic lockdown measures, and has monitored the intersection of antisemitism and COVID-19 conspiracy theories over the past several months. Various reports, including by Campaign Against Antisemitism, have shown how the far-right and others have exploited the pandemic to target the Jewish community.