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2014-2015 Annual Assessment

The integrative dashboard presented here on Europe is part of a multiyear JPPI project that aims to provide local communal leaders, Israeli policy-makers, and world Jewry leaders with a policy tool to measure the threat level in Jewish communities, monitor developments, define priorities, ease decision-making and assess effectiveness of the efforts taken. To allow this dashboard to be built at the global level and allow a global perspective about priorities and policy, there is a need to produce the three dimensional raw data and standardize the measurements.

  1. Produce reliable data in every large Jewish community. While some data in Europe and the United States are available about attitudes, incidents, and perceptions, this tri-dimensional data is not yet available in other Jewish communities, such as Australia, South Africa or Latin America. The methodology developed by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency may inspire the development of further measurement mechanisms with respect to Jewish perceptions of anti-Semitism.
  2. Standardized measurements. For historical reasons, each local organization has developed its own system of measurement. What one organization defines as serious harassment is defined elsewhere as a minor incident. Consistent standards will have to be established through a consensus building process under the umbrella of international Jewish organizations and existing Israeli governmental agencies in charge of monitoring and combating anti-Semitism.
  3. Development of a monitoring methodology, a deliberative mechanism, and a policy tool. JPPI has started a large project to grasp anti-Semitism in all its complexity and develop a methodology to produce a comprehensive policy tool. The three gauges presented above provide policy-makers with a more complex perspective about the situation in the region and, through a process of deliberation, define priorities and required actions. The results presented here are certainly a work in progress and an invitation for further reflection.
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