The Telegraph has published an antisemitic ‘Jewish conspiracy’ theory about Brexit [IMAGE]

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Kerry-anne Mendoza

The Telegraph has published an antisemitic ‘Jewish conspiracy’ about Brexit. And it’s jointly written by Theresa May’s former chief adviser, Nick Timothy.

The Telegraph conspiracy

George Soros isn’t a universally-known name in the UK. But in the US, he is the bogeyman of the far right. Trump supporters and right wingers claim the Jewish billionaire is lurking sinisterly behind every liberal campaign and media outlet going. Now, the antisemitic flu has crossed the Atlantic. Because on Thursday 8 February, The Telegraph newspaper published [paywall] this:

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In reality, Soros has provided financial support to pro-EU groups openly. The same cannot be said for the financial backers of Brexit, expertly exposed by Green MEP Molly Scott Cato last week.

So, The Telegraph article is wrong. But what makes it antisemitic? Put simply, it promotes the long-running antisemitic conspiracy theory that rich Jews run the world. A theory promoted heavily in 1930s Germany, culminating ultimately in the Holocaust. As the Editor of The Jewish Chronicle points out:

And others too:

But not everyone was bemused. Those on the far right of UK politics celebrated this ‘great unveiling’. And former UKIP leader Nigel Farage led the way.

Mail columnist Dan Hodges also expressed his support for the piece.

But then, we know Hodges has form here. Here’s how Hodges (not Jewish) responded when a Jewish blogger asked him to stop using Judaism as a political football:

Enough!

This is a lesson that Britain should not need to learn again. British racists have long demonised the Black community as too angry and too violent. They have decreed all Muslims as time bombs awaiting radicalisation. And they have promoted the conspiracy theory that the Jewish community is too rich and too influential. These attitudes belong in the dustbin of history, alongside signs in windows of bed and breakfasts saying: “No Irish, no blacks, no dogs”.

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