Antisemitic stickers near the Novi Sad synagogue

Example narrative (What do they say or do?)

In November 2020, a sticker “The Jew holds all the strings” was found on the sidewalk
near the Novi Sad Synagogue.

Antisemitic context explained (What does this actually mean?)

One of the oldest anti-Jewish myths and stereotypes is the one about the “Jewish power” and the “global Jewish conspiracy”. In its contemporary form, this myth represents Jews as a powerful, secret, global group, often referred to as a “Jewish lobby”, that manipulates governments, banks, financial institutions, academia, the media, film and entertainment industry, and other national and international institutions, for malicious purposes of Jewish world domination and control. This anti-Jewish myth has been present as one of the most prominent antisemitic narratives in various forms from the New Testament, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to anti-globalism and various contemporary conspiracy theories.

Consequences (Why is this harmful?)

These stickers are a clear statement of antisemitism. But, antisemitic stickers placed near the synagogue represent a genuine threat to the local Jewish community. The goal is to bully, intimidate, frighten, and worry the Jewish community. At the same
time, such action aim to spreading antisemitic propaganda and stereotypes in the society while deepening animosity toward Jews and hoping to create new generations that will transmit antisemitic myths in future.

Personalize (How does it impact a Jewish person or a community)

The consequences of such threats are concern, fear, and anxiety among individuals, families, and the entire Jewish community. As a result, many might feel reluctant to disclose or express their Jewish identity, tradition, or culture in fear of being identified
as Jews and bullied or exposed to violence.

Social impact (Why is this harmful for the society?)

Such messages instigate terror and calls for violence. Jewish and other minority groups feel threatened and reluctant to freely express their opinions, culture, and identity, which represents a violation of their human and civil rights. This way, the overall democracy in the society is threatened.

Debunking response (What to do? How to react? Options)

  • Rapport the incident to the relevant authorities,
  • React, counter the narrative, stand against it,
  • Engage in discussion and explain why this is wrong,
  • Education about antisemitism and anti-Jewish stereotypes