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Antisemitic reactions to the COV-19 pandemic: a research made by U.K.’s Jewish security watchdog

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According to CST, ‘’the association of Jews with disease and infection is not original. It draws on a long history and deep-rooted antisemitic tropes that go back as far as the 1340s, when Jews were blamed for spreading the Black Death throughout Europe.’’

In many places, Jews were accused of for causing the plague by allegedly poisoning wells and they were tortured, put on trial, executed and expelled. Thousands of Jews were murdered for this non-existent crime and hundreds of Jewish communities were destroyed.

The Community Security Trust (CST) in the U.K. has published this week a research briefing, titled ”Coronavirus and the Plague of Antisemitism”, about online antisemitic reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘’As soon as the global reach of this pandemic became clear, CST knew that antisemitism wouldn’t be far behind, and antisemites, conspiracy theorists and extremists of different hues have all added their antisemitic poison to this crisis,’’ CST, a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats. wrote.

In its briefing, the organization has collected antisemitic posts, comments and memes relating to coronavirus for the past few weeks and has identified five different anti-Jewish narratives :

  1. The Virus is fake – it’s a Jewish conspiracy: Whether it’s a terrorist attack, an economic crash or a global pandemic, the kneejerk response of conspiracy theorists is to assume the ‘official’ story is untrue. This pandemic is no different, with many alleging a fake Jewish conspiracy.
  2. The Virus is real – but it’s still a Jewish conspiracy:  An alternative angle for conspiracy theorists is to accept that COVID19 really exists but assume that it has been deliberately created and spread for malevolent purposes.

CST notes that there are several variations on this theme: including that there is a “Zionist agenda” to depopulate the world by killing huge numbers of people or that the coronavirus is part of a plot involving some combination of the United States, Israel and China. 

It adds: ‘’Jews are the primary spreaders of the virus: Genuine media stories about the impact of COVID19 on Jewish communities have encouraged antisemites to assume that Jews are the primary spreaders of the virus. Having initially nicknamed coronavirus the Wu Flu (referring to Wuhan as the geographical origin of the virus), some of these online haters have now dubbed it the Jew Flu.”

The 4th narrative is about ‘’Celebrating Jewish deaths.’’ ‘’Amongst hardcore antisemites and extreme right wing circles, news that Jewish people are dying from COVID-19 in disproportionately high numbers has brought sickening celebration,’’ says the briefing.

The fifth narrative is about ‘’spreading coronavirus to kill Jews.’’ ‘’This is the logical conclusion of this pattern of hate and they have even given it a sick new name – the Holocough, says the CST briefing.

According to CST, ‘’the association of Jews with disease and infection is not original. It draws on a long history and deep-rooted antisemitic tropes that go back as far as the 1340s, when Jews were blamed for spreading the Black Death throughout Europe.’’

In many places, Jews were accused of for causing the plague by allegedly poisoning wells and they were tortured, put on trial, executed and expelled. Thousands of Jews were murdered for this non-existent crime and hundreds of Jewish communities were destroyed.

These libels would later influence Nazi propaganda. ‘’Adolf Hitler compared Jews to a “harmful bacillus” in Mein Kampf and spoke of a “Jewish virus” that threatened Germany,’’ says CST.

Nazi propaganda regularly compared Jews to fleas, rats, lice and other disease-bearing creatures, such as in the infamous Nazi propoganda film; Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew).

CST explains that the antisemitic tropes ‘’are now being remodelled and repurposed for a modern-day audience, with many of the same themes and ideas applied to the current coronavirus pandemic.’’

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  1. Nice – the corporate (i.e. Jewish) media blame COVID-19 on China, then when other people point a finger at the Jews, they cry racism.

    See my book Jew Flu (www.jewflu.us). There’s quite a pile of tantalizing evidence linking the coronavirus with Jewarchists.

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