Dec. 29 (UPI) — The Simon Wiesenthal Heart stated Tuesday conspiracy theories blaming Jews for the COVID-19 pandemic topped its 2020 listing of worst anti-Semitic incidents.
“Topping the listing on SWC’s annual Prime Ten Worst World Anti-Semitic Incidents for 2020 is the weaponizing of the COVID-19 pandemic in opposition to Jews,” the human rights group’s web site stated. “From the earliest levels of the pandemic in February 2020, far-right extremists throughout social media platforms have blamed Jews for the virus and this continues because the world begins to take life-saving vaccines.”
The anti-Semitic posts “blamed Jews and Asian People for the virus,” in response to the SWC report. The report cited a put up that confirmed a picture titled “Holocough,” after which stated: “If in case you have the bug, give a hug. Unfold the flu to each Jew.” One other anti-Semitic put up was a pretend Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warning urging these with COVID-19 to go to a neighborhood synagogue or mosque to unfold the virus.
In response to the SWC, anti-Semites have a historic sample of blaming Jews for outbreaks of illness.
“Anti-Semites have blamed Jews for the medieval Black Plague to the WWI Spanish Flu,” the SWC stated within the report. “Within the 1930s, Nazi propaganda in contrast Jews to vermin who unfold illness.”
Moreover, the SWC stated that the anti-Jewish propaganda has continued with far-right “anti-vaxxers,” who took to the streets in Germany to protest COVID-19 vaccination with anti-Semitic slogans.
The report additionally famous a British authorities report, which discovered social media platforms for the anti-vaccination motion have “develop into a hotbed for anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
The social media platform Telegram ranked second on the listing, as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others have turned to the positioning “with little or no guidelines on content material moderation,” amid different platforms, akin to Fb, rising restrictions in opposition to hate teams, the SWC stated.
Third on the listing was Nation of Islam chief, Louis Farrakhan, who in response to the SWC, has continued a 35-year-long hate marketing campaign, and alleged at one level Jews tried to kill him with “radiated seeds.”
In fourth place, had been assaults in opposition to Jews by far-left and far-right extremists in america.
“Synagogues in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, had been focused within the aftermath of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, George Floyd’s and Jake Blake’s killings,” the report stated. “Chabad Homes in Portland, Oregon, and Newark, Delaware, had been destroyed by arson. On the third night time of Chanukah, a member of the Jewish neighborhood attending an out of doors menorah lighting ceremony in Kentucky was injured by an anti-Semite driving an SUV.”
At No. 5 on the listing, Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Khamenei’s web site invoked the “Ultimate Resolution,” a time period linked to Nazi Germany’s efforts to get rid of Jews through the Holocaust.
Khamenei informed Instances of Israel he was looking for Israel’s destruction, however not elimination of all Jews in response to U.S. leaders accusing him of encouraging genocide.
Amongst different gadgets on the SWC’s listing had been Jewish college students being focused at main U.S. universities and a Democratic Socialist celebration anti-Semitic questionnaire.
The Simon Wiesenthal Heart, based mostly in Los Angeles, is called in honor of Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, a author, who additionally hunted down info on Nazi battle crimes.