A new system for identifying anti-Semitism on the Internet in real time was developed by a company managed and staffed with former members of Israeli military technology units along with veterans of the IDF Military Intelligence's Unit 8200.
The system displays anti-Semitic discourse on social media networks on an interactive map.
Its capabilities include details about how many anti-Semitic posts and messages are currently being circulated and what countries and areas contain the highest volume of anti-Semitic traffic.
In a pilot demonstration, the system identified over 500 thousand anti-Semitic posts, which reached more than 40 million people.
The technology is based on artificial intelligence that can analyze texts and provide significant information about the posts - and users who upload them.
Determinations of anti-Semitism are based on its definition by the government.
The definition that has gained widest acceptance so far is the one developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance:
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
An official explanation includes,
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
Antisemitism and incitement on the internet has increased exponentially in the last year. Using social media, it reaches tens of millions of people all over the world. With the help of this technology, companies will be able to operate responsibly and identify and remove racist content in real time.
The system will also serve as a diplomatic tool for government officials and Israeli envoys all over the world, who can use the data to shed light on the situation and extent of anti-Semitism in different countries.
Additionally, research institutes and government ministries will be able to characterize and classify anti-Semitism throughout the world in order to design policy and help combat the phenomenon.
Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Naftali Bennett, said, "I see the uncompromising struggle against anti-Semitism as a goal of paramount importance. The State of Israel has a new tool and one of a kind technology that will bring visibility to the data and the treatment of anti-Semitic incitement. We must expose and turn the spotlight on sources of inciting anti-Semitism. This is an integral part of the mutual responsibility between Israel and Diaspora Jewry."
This is a truncated and edited version of the original story published by YNet News at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4910922,00.html