Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes

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After visiting the Southern Poverty Law Center website, I found several groups that have received much hate on the internet. I will discuss Anti-Semitic hate groups. According to SPLC (2017), antisemitism is often regarded as the oldest kind of hate, having existed for about 2,000 years. The active anti-Semitic groups were first featured as a standalone ideology in 2021. Antisemitism refers to discrimination or prejudice against Jews as a group or as individuals (Lindermann & Levy, 2010). The total number of anti-Semitic hate organizations decreased from 74 in 2020 to 61 in 2021, with the majority of the decline attributable to hate groups that reject and obfuscate truths about the Holocaust and chapters of the Nation of Islam (SPLC, 2017).

Contemporary Targets

The contemporary targets of the anti-Semitic hate groups are the Jews, either as groups or as individuals. They target Jewish men, women, boys, and girls, along with individuals perceived to be Jewish.

Justifications for their Actions

Anti-Semitic hate groups strive to racialize Jews and demonize them as the ruthless masterminds behind an economic, political, and social plot to subjugate white people. Antisemitism is bigotry that targets Jews, their religious views and practices, and the Jewish state of Israel. This bigotry is founded on misconceptions and stereotypes (Lindermann & Levy, 2010). Besides, much of the extreme right is also based on antisemitism, which unites supporters of different radical ideologies to misrepresent the Holocaust and portray Jews as manipulative and self-serving.

Recruitment Strategies

According to Keneally (2018), many hate groups use the identical online recruiting strategies established by ISIS, al Qaeda, and similar foreign-based radical groups to expand their membership.

Place of Women and Children

The anti-Semitic hate groups exploit the anti-Semitic theme of “blood libel,” the notion that a Jewish conspiracy is responsible for the abduction and death of Christian children, to justify their hatred of Jews and other people of faith (SPLC, 2017).

Key Take Away

From this hate group website, I have learned that we should avoid antisemitism at all costs. This is because, from the website, I have learned that shootings at a Jewish market in Jersey City, Pennsylvania, and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as a hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, have all been traced back to antisemitism in recent years.


Keneally, M. (2018, March 6). Hate groups using similar online recruiting methods as ISIS, experts say. ABC News. Retrieved November 16, 2022, from https://abcnews.go.com/US/hate-groups-similar-online-recruiting-methods-isis-experts/story?id=53528932Lindemann, A. S., & Levy, R. S. (Eds.). (2010). Antisemitism: A history. OUP Oxford.

SPLC (2017) Antisemitism, Southern Poverty Law Center. Available at: https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/antisemitism (Accessed: November 16, 2022).