The leader of a pro-Israel ministry finds it dangerous that a popular social media platform is being exploited by millions of people to spread their message of hatred toward Jews and Christians.
A report by the Anti-Defamation League estimates that about three million Twitter users posted or re-posted at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic messages in English in a one-year period that ended on January 28. Those messages, says the ADL, have spread negative stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews on the social media platform. AP quotes the League's national director saying that, according to the data, many have used Twitter as a "megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews."
Jan Markell, founder and president of Olive Tree Ministries, isn't surprised by the escalation. Anti-Semitism, she says, "is raising its ugly head in gigantic proportion" over the last five to ten years.
Times are tough for Jews and Christians, says Markell. "We don't see or read a lot about increased persecution of Hindus or Buddhists or New Agers or atheists – but [for] Christians and Jews, it's a story every day ... every single day," she emphasizes.
For Jews, says the ministry leader, it's especially dangerous. "It's just getting unsafe for Jews to be hardly anywhere other than Israel," she observes. "And perhaps God is even allowing it to drive some of the Jews back to Israel."
Twitter has responded to the report by saying it has made more than 30 changes to its platform, policies, and operations in the past 16 months to protect its users from abuse and hateful images. While Markell remains hopeful they will follow through on the changes, she isn't very optimistic that Twitter has a huge concern for Jews and Christians.