AJC launches campaign against hate speech

By Ellen Futterman, Editor

To enable Americans of all backgrounds to expose anti-Semitism and take action against hate speech, the AJC (American Jewish Committee), has launched “Translate Hate,” at AJC.org/TranslateHate.

Presented as an illustrated glossary, Translate Hate lays out 24 terms and expressions that are examples of anti-Semitism, explains the anti-Semitic nature of certain words or phrases when used in specific contexts and provides brief histories of their harmful usage. The resource also offers users the tools and information to report hate speech.

Translate Hate follows the release of AJC’s survey last month of American Jews’ perceptions of and experiences of anti-Semitism in the United States. The study found that 88 percent of American Jews believe anti-Semitism is a problem in the United States today, and 84 percent say it has increased over the past five years. Individuals are encouraged to use the hashtag #TranslateHate when speaking out against usage of any of the terms in the Translate Hate glossary.