Authors: Jessica Taft, Andrew Markus

Antisemitism is an issue of major concern for the Jewish communities of Australia – as it has been since 1945, and before.

Jeremy Jones AM, past-President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, has for the past twenty years collected, classified and recorded incidents of antisemitic violence, vandalism and verbal abuse that are reported to him by individuals and Jewish organisations.

Much of the knowledge of antisemitic incidents in Australia derives from his work, although there has also been a substantial investment in data collection by the Anti-Defamation Commission in Melbourne.

Based on their interpretation of the Jones reports, the Jewish media has presented a picture of a sharp and worrying rise in the level of antisemitic activity in Australia. But is this impression accurate?