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Democrat Candidate for NY City Council can’t stop talking about “greedy Jewish landlords”

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Thomas Lopes-Pierre, a fringe candidate for New York City Council, has posted a plethora of antisemitic statements about “greedy Jewish landlords” on social media.

Lopez-Pierre’s Twitter bio reads “Jewish landlords OWN 80% of private rental buildings in Upper Manhattan; GUILTY of GREED for pushing Black/Hispanic tenants out. Democrat: 7th Council District.”

He appears to have written many tweets centred around “greedy Jewish landlords”, which is inherently antisemitic as it draws on the antisemitic canard of Jews being obsessed with money. Moreover, he published a “List of Greedy Jewish Landlords that gave $1,000+ political contributions to NYC Council Mark Levine”, which seems to hint at an antisemitic conspiracy in which Jews are alleged to have used their money to subvert the political process.

Similarly, he has accused Jewish landlords of conspiring against Hispanic and Black residents, which appears to be an accusation of Jewish supremacism and an allegation that Jews are attempting to oppress other minority groups and create division, an idea that is a mainstay of contemporary antisemitism.

He has also shared various negative news articles about Jews, which whilst not being antisemitic on their own, when coupled with his deeply antisemitic language elsewhere clearly demonstrate an underlying antisemitism, despite his insistence that he has no problems with most Jews.

He describes himself as a “Christian manof Dominican, Puerto Rican and Haitian descent” who supports “economic and social justice”. Despite his claim to care about social justice, his social media clearly shows that he has a borderline obsession with Jewish people.

 


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