Why is anti-Semitism so central to conspiracy theories?

We’ve noted before that a virulent strain of anti-Semitism has been a consistent thread running through the Hampstead Satanic ritual abuse hoax.

Abraham Christie’s early claims of a global conspiracy of “Talmudic Satanic Sodomites” were only the beginning. We’ve heard anti-Semitic rants and slurs from most of the Hoaxtead mobsters, including but not limited to Araya Soma, Sabine McNeill, Charlotte Alton Ward, Drifloud, Angela Power-Disney, John Paterson, Alan Alanson, the late Patrick Cullinane, Kev Baker, Chris Everard, Wesley Hall, Deborah Mahmoudieh….the list goes on and on.

We’ve wondered about this in the past: why does anti-Jewish sentiment seem so deeply embedded in the troofer community in general, and the Hoaxtead mob in particular?

Talking about a (French) revolution

Part of the answer may stretch back in history, to the days of the French Revolution. According to Scott Wood, writing in Little Atoms,

Modern conspiracy theory began in Paris. Many in Europe were horrified by the French Revolution and found satisfaction in finding an organised hidden group guilty of orchestrating events. The culprits were secret societies such as the Bavarian Illuminati, the Freemasons and the Knights Templars. Then in 1791 the new French National Assembly ended all legal restrictions on France’s Jews, suggesting to future conspiracy pundits that, through the logic of cui bono, the revolution was a Jewish plot.  The Anti-Semitic League of France, founded in 1889, made its central claim that Jews seized power in the French Revolution. After the founding of Israel, the supposed Jewish conspiracy changed to an Israeli one, but it is still the shadowy plot that harks back to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Europe’s long history of anti-Semitic suspicion.

Not only did the French National Assembly recognise Jews as full citizens in 1789, but the secular nature of the Revolution led to the Catholic Church in France being dispossessed of its wealth, and later, to laws requiring that all overt signs of Christianity must be removed.

It’s not difficult to understand how someone looking at the Revolution and its outcomes might put two and two together and come up with 43. If Jews were now actual citizens, but Christians were not allowed to display signs of their religion, it stood to reason that the Jews must have orchestrated the whole thing for their own benefit, right?

Well, wrong.

But that didn’t stop a growing number of conspiracy theorists from speculating that the Jews—whose manner of dress, language, cultural practices, and religion differentiated them from their Christian neighbours—were an evil hidden force in society. The basis of anti-Semitic racism is the belief that Jews are not normal citizens going about their business, but rather represent a secretive, poisonous, powerful cabal.

In the minds of troofers, the Illuminati is responsible for things like assassinations, currency manipulation, false flag events, psy ops, and Rihanna. Its end goal is to establish a New World Order, a one-world authoritarian government where people will be forced to have microchips implanted in their brains. Or something.

Modern anti-Semitic conspiracy theories which depict an elaborate secret hierarchy of controlling Jewish influences derive in large part from the 1903 tract The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, which claimed to be the manual of a Jewish secret society whose intention was to eventually dominate the world. Although the tract, a classic in paranoid, racist literature, has been debunked as a fraud multiple times since 1921, it’s still in wide circulation and is quoted as “evidence” of the malevolent influence of the Jews by conspiracy theorists.

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion stand alongside another popular anti-Semitic trope: the “blood libel”, the centuries-old myth that Jews murder Christian babies or children, and use their blood to make matzoh, the special unleavened bread which is eaten during Passover to commemorate the fact that the Jews fled Egypt before their bread had time to rise.

Anyone who has actually seen or eaten matzoh will attest that the “blood in matzoh” idea is arrant nonsense.

Matzoh is white. And bland. Seriously, it is blander than the blandest bland thing you can think of. It’s not called the “bread of affliction” for nothing.

But believe us: if there were even a drop of blood in it, it would be very noticeable. It might even give matzoh a flavour.

Anti-Semitism and the Illuminati

In 1991, fundamentalist Christian televangelist Pat Robertson wrote a book called The New World Order, which was influenced by a number of conspiracy theories. In Robertson’s view, the so-called world conspiracy could be traced back to a small Bavarian Freemason lodge founded in 1776 by the German Adam Weishaupt. This lodge was called the Illuminati.

According to Robertson’s book, the Illuminati were later infiltrated and taken over by Jewish bankers: “That same year, 1782, the headquarters of Illuminated Freemasonry moved to Frankfurt, a center controlled by the Rothschild family. It is reported that in Frankfurt, Jews for the first time were admitted to the order of Freemasons. If indeed members of the Rothschild family or their close associates were polluted by the occultism of Weishaupt’s Illuminated Freemasonry, we may have discovered the link between the occult and the world of finance. Remember, the Rothschilds financed Cecil Rhodes in Africa; Lord Rothschild was a member of the inner circle of Rhodes’s English Round Tables; and Paul Warburg, architect of the Federal Reserve System, was a Rothschild agent.”

And thus, Jews and the Illuminati began to be linked in the minds of conspiracy theorists, particularly those who draw upon the fundamentalist/evangelical Christian tradition, Robertson’s prime audience.

Conspiracy theorists who believe that the affairs of the world are governed by secretive groups such as the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the New World Order, or the shape-shifting lizard people from outer space frequently conflate those groups with the Jews, who they accuse of being the driving force behind global financial affairs, governments, and so forth. While some conspiracists will claim that they are not really anti-Semitic, they give themselves away via the use of terms such as “globalists”, “Zionists”, “international bankers”, “international monetary elite” and “financiers”, “Cultural Marxists”, and “cultural elites”.

Add the internet, stir, and serve with a garnish of paranoia.

Conspiracy theorists like to think of themselves as independent thinkers who don’t accept holus-bolus everything the powers that be tell them, and yet they mindlessly accept centuries-old anti-Semitic fables as literal truth. Conspiracism is inherently anti-democratic: those who believe that the world is in the clutches of an invisible cabal of Jews/Illuminati/Freemason/lizard people believe that citizens are essentially powerless, that there is no point in engaging in the democratic process, and that the only option which remains is to sit in front of computer screens hammering out anti-Semitic screeds which prove that the troofers are somehow superior to all the poor sheeple who just don’t get it.

Ultimately, though, it all boils down to one thing: troofers believe that someone other than them is profiting from the way the world is currently arranged…and it’s probably the Jews.


This article was previously published on 3 December 2017.

40 thoughts on “Why is anti-Semitism so central to conspiracy theories?

  1. Interesting stuff, EC.

    It’s not just Jews either. These people invariably hate Jews, Muslims, immigrants, rich people, LGBT people (a particular obsession of Catriona Selvester’s), black people, liberals, Atheists, people who don’t agree with them…you name it.

    And I think Mark ‘Seylon’ Haining deserves a special mention here, as he may be the only one on the hoaxperp list who hates all of the above.

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  2. “It is still the shadowy plot that harks back to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Europe’s long history of anti-Semitic suspicion.”

    A vile book and the information spouted therein was roundly debunked as a hoax, as EC points out later in his article. Not that that stops Deborah “I’m not antisemetic” Mahmoudieh from frequently preaching its supposed merits.

    PS: I managed to get through that whole comment without making a ‘Jew diligence’ pun. What do I win?

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  3. Matzoh sounds similar to the unleavened bread wafers that they use in Anglican communions (?).

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  4. “The Illuminati is responsible for things like assassinations, currency manipulation, false flag events, psy ops, and Rihanna.”

    In fairness I can forgive them for the first four.

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  5. Arthur now threatening The Queen and the royal family. Someone tried to assasinate her in New Zealand decades ago and someone fired a starting pistol at Charles in Sydney.
    Arthur really is becoming dangerous.

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  6. Scarer’s back from suspension on her main account and has gone straight back to slandering and harassing RD:

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  7. Don’t count your chicken just yet EC. I am sure that before long Neelu will have arrested the judge, put a lien on him and have her court cases put to bed.

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  8. Her neighbours must be so happy now that Neelu has gone. No more visits to the street from bailiffs with pick-up trucks, no more police visits and no Neelu on the street shouting about her murdered niece, treason and her bloody remedies.

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  9. In Leeds, Rakusen’s Matzos are sold all year round and enjoyed by Jews and gentiles alike with cheese and occasionally very non-Kosher meats. They’re low in fat and free of additives. They do them in a different colour packet for Passover use (but us non-Jews who buy them don’t notice any difference).

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  10. Don’t forget gypsies, Catholics, rock and rollers, men with long hair, the Dutch, glam rockers, mods, taxi drivers, lords, ladies, politicians and radio discjockies of any persuasion.

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  11. Work ? Has mild twat ever worked? Her idea of multi tasking is typing, smoking and yelling at her brats

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  12. Thanks for that link.

    I liked when she asked the protester at the end if he had a PayPal account for his cause and he replied “No, I do everything. I don’t take money from anyone, I do it off my own back. I will not get involved with anything that’s asking the public for money or any charities like that, we’re self-funded.”

    I don’t think that was the reply she expected from him.

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  13. The whole antisemitism is well laid out in this article but what strikes me as one of the oddest aspects is the notion that one Jew speaks for all or somehow represents the entire population. That’s something Hitler used to justify his deadly actions.
    But as the old saying goes- get 2 Jews in a room & you’ll get 3 opinions (well it’s true with my brothers and I).
    So when a scandal erupts, say the Harvey Weinstein matter (whatever the truth) somehow he is representative of not just Jews but all of Hollywood.
    And then that feeds into the claim Hollywood and indeed the music business is run by Jews. Yet if people only bothered to really research, afterall everything is on the internet these days- they would soon see that the madness of various cultures & especially the Nazis in driving Jews out of lands, the talented ones tended to flock to the USA where their talents were eagerly accepted to the benefir of their new home.
    Now we have them claiming that the entire music business is some weird Jewish MKUltra plot which includes the biggest music acts in the world ( fortunately with The Beatles they have completely overlooked Sir Ringo Starr’s antecedents which are Polish Jewish. Ringo Rules).

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  14. I posted a fuller explanation on Quatloos as I’m mindful of straying from the primary aim of this site but:
    1) 1994. She won as she should have. Shoddy behaviour from her Health Authority.
    2) 1996. Won because the Maudsley absolutely were not allowed to take into account an ongoing employment tribunal hearing which, as it turns out, she was justified in bringing.
    3) 1997 What!! She never mentioned the one where she lost? I wonder why that was!!!

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  15. Neelu will never be gone from that house I fear.

    She will haunt the new owners if & when the bank sells it on.

    I might just buy it for the craic & invite herself & that nice equity solicitor for tea & a discussion on how to make a zillion swidleindo bonds. Sure we could have a good oul céilí together. 😂

    I’ll invite you all too & we can have a bit of a dance. 💃💃💃

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  16. HI Sam. Can I ask where you heard that Ringo Starr’s antecedents were Polish Jewish? I’m not disputing it, it’s just that I’ve never heard this before.

    One well documented story is that when the Beatles were in Montreal during their second North American tour in September 1964, Ringo received antisemitic hate mail and death threats and when asked about it at the time, he made the point that he wasn’t actually Jewish. It was suspected that the rumour, bizarrely enough, stemmed from the fact that he had a big nose!

    PS: I believe the other three’s antecedents were mostly Irish Catholic. Not sure about Ringo.

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  17. I think he is a fine looking man Unearnest. Sexy out. If the jealous ex had not have lied and got the two little children to lie this man i believe would be a Hollywood Star now. Never to late i say. Keep going RD if you can read this, get back into acting. You have done a brilliant job with your children since they have come home to you and now it is your turn to have a life and fulfill your dream. Best of luck on everything you all do as a family.

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