Wednesday, 30 May 2018
The Top Five Most Hilarious Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories per Tablet Magazine
'Last week, the British Labour party suspended Musabbir Ali, a former campaign official, for making anti-Semitic statements on social media. He joined an ignominious cast of characters punished for similar offenses, including a former mayor of London and a current parliament member. But Ali distinguished himself with his particularly creative brand of anti-Semitism.
On Twitter, among other bigoted bromides, he shared a link to a post claiming that the Jews had "financed Oliver Cromwell's overthrowing and beheading of Stuart King Charles I after he refused them control of England's finances." This extraordinary assertion overlooked one minor detail: Jews were expelled from England in 1290 and could not legally return until 1657, years after Cromwell came to power.
Ali's ahistorical absurdity highlighted an underappreciated aspect of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: In addition to being hateful and ignorant, they are often hilarious.
In that spirit, I'd like to pay tribute to the most ridiculous anti-Jewish fulminations I've come across in my years covering them. These eruptions of inspired idiocy span centuries and continents, from America to Europe to the Middle East. They implicate the Jews and the Jewish state, as well as Monica Lewinsky and the animal kingdom, in their nefarious plots. And they frequently interchange "Zionist" for "Jew" in comically inept attempts to obscure their bigotry.'
There's five more great examples of Jew hatred here at The Tablethttp://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/202716/anti-semitic-conspiracy-theories and repetition of such antisemitic tropes all over parts of the Internet.