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Yesterday afternoon, the phrase #FireMeghanMcCain was trending on Twitter. What terrible, awful thing had she said to warrant trending on Twitter? The co-host of the View had done something few others have: decried an alarming spike in anti-Semitism. It’s not surprising, if you’re familiar with Twitter, to see how an outspoken defender of the Jewish people may find herself in its crosshairs. This is a place where variations of the phrase “Hitler was right” were posted more than 17,000 times (according to the Anti-Defamation League) in just a one-week span in May. As in-person violence against Jews has spiked, so too has hatred against Jews online. They are not disconnected phenomenons; but part of the same ecosystem of hate that has blossomed along with the increase in tensions in the Middle East. Writing for the Jewish Journal, Pamela Paresky and Alex Goldenberg described some of the research they’ve compiled about anti-Semitism online. They wrote, “According to the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), where both authors are affiliated, “extremist hashtags and slogans are upstream predictors of real-world violence and unrest.”

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