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‘Anonymous’ collective promotes conspiracies about Jewish ‘control’ of banks and the ‘synagogue of Satan’

Anonymous, the ‘hacktivist’ collective, has shared a number of anti-Semitic articles online this month, including accusing Ashkenazi Jews of being ‘Satanic’ and conspiracies about global financial and political institutions by a network of wealthy Jews.

The Facebook page of the group, whose supporters are known for wearing Guy Fawkes masks, shared an article, ‘The History of the House of Rothschild’ (15 December), claiming that the Rothschild family has ‘been in control of the world for a very long time, their tentacles reaching into many aspects of our daily lives’. The article goes on to allege that ‘the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family’, repeating the racist claim that Ashkenazi Jews (those of European descent) are not ‘real’ Jews and lie about their identity:

“You will find that approximately 90% of people in the world today who call themselves Jews are actually Khazars, or as they like to be known, Ashkenazi Jews.“

The “Khazarian hypothesis” has been repeatedly debunked by genetic studies, and is a common tool used by antisemites to attempt to deny Jewish people their collective identity as a united people. Its inclusion here clearly demonstrates that whilst the authors may focus largely on one Jewish family, this in fact constitutes an attack on the Jewish people as a whole.

The article also refers to ‘so-called persecution of the Jews’ and even makes the bizarre claim that the following verse from the Book of Revelations was written about Ashkenazi Jews:

“I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

A few days later (18 December), Anonymous’ Facebook page shared an article entitled ‘Complete list of all Rothschild owned and controlled banks’, promoting conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family being the ‘most powerful bloodline on Earth’ which ‘controls everything’, including a list of over 160 banks. The article also accuses the Rothschilds of being ‘behind all wars since Napoleon’:

“So, the world is still at war because it is very, very profitable to the Rothschilds and their parasite bankster bloodlines.’

“The House of Rothschild is really at the top of the pyramid of power. They are behind the New World Order and the complete domination of the world agenda. They are behind the European Union and the Euro and they are behind the idea of a North American Union and the Amero. They are controlling all of the world’s secret services and their private army is NATO.”

Reference to the Rothschild family is a common form of ‘dog whistle’ anti-Semitism, invoking age-old myths about Jewish global domination of the political and financial systems through the use of coded language. More recently, it has been recycled by some left-wing activists, ranging from 9-11 ‘truthers’ and the Occupy movement, to the British Green Party.

Source: Anonymous ‘Complete list of all Rothschild owned and controlled banks’, ‘The History of the House of Rothschild’.

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British reggae artist accuses ‘white’ Jews of being liars and thieves

As a regular attendee of reggae performances for over 15 years, the inclusive message of the music has always appealed to me with regular themes including ‘one love’, ‘unity’ and ‘all tribes welcome’. It is therefore especially disappointing when respected reggae artists use racist language about Jewish people. On 10 May, Ras Kayleb from the London-based Channel One Sound System wrote a public Facebook post stating:

“Now I say anyone who is white and says hes a jew is a liar and teef. Research its not hidden.”

“…as far as im concern them man dem inna so call isreal are not jews. Here what I say they are not jews. False jews! They stole a next mans identity. Look history tells us.”

The idea that there false and wicked Jews is a long-running anti-Semitic discourse. The same goes for the accusation that Jews are inherently dishonest ‘liars’, have ‘stolen’ something, or are responsible for the oppression of others. The comments also play on racist notions of ‘authenticity’ based on skin colour.

Also Ras Tweed, a British reggae singer now based in France, wrote comments denying the existence of anti-Semitism or Semitic peoples (i.e. Jews):

 

“…how can a person of group of persons be Anti Semitic? When Semitic refers to a GROUP of Languages spoken by a group of people. It is NOT a Ethnic Group of people.”

I have experienced anti-Semitism only a handful of times in the reggae scene – where anti-racism and diversity are guiding principles – and very much hope that it is a marginal phenomenon. Nevertheless, I feel it is vital to call it out where it rears its head, especially as these artists perform around the world where they have an influence on hundreds of thousands of people. There is also a sad irony that Channel One have performed in Israel where they were warmly received.