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JPR’s research and analysis featured prominently at a major conference in Russia this week on antisemitism, racism and xenophobia, at an event aimed at politicians, community leaders, scholars and activists.
The Second International Conference on Combating Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia held in Moscow on October 29 and 30, saw JPR Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, presenting our work to delegates from Russia, Israel, America, Europe and across the world.
Sharing a platform with leading international scholars including Professor Sergio DellaPergola from the Hebrew University, Alan Cooperman from the Pew Research Centre and Russian experts Professor Victor Petrenko and Dr Lev Gudkov, Boyd highlighted the importance of researching antisemitism from multiple perspectives before drawing conclusions.
“From a quantitative perspective, we need to utilise at least four distinct approaches. Antisemitic incident data are important, but are often compromised by different definitions of incidents, different means of counting them, and reporting levels. Measuring antisemitic tropes and beliefs in wider society can be valuable, but selecting which tropes to investigate, ensuring that they are, indeed, antisemitic, using consistent approaches over time, locating them in their wider context, and ensuring accurate scientific analysis are essential. Measuring Jewish people’s perceptions and experiences of antisemitism is a third important approach that can aid our understanding, but building an appropriately representative sample is an ongoing challenge and again, ensuring consistency over time, are critical. And lastly, examining migration data, and assessing the extent to which antisemitism is a factor in migration patterns, provides vital context. Any one of these is insufficient alone; it is only a combination, when we start to see clear patterns, that we can start to draw genuinely sound conclusions.”
The conference was hosted by the Russian Jewish Congress, and supported by the Government of Moscow, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, the World Jewish Congress, the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the Genesis Philanthropy Group.