The persecution of Jews has always been underpinned by the idea that they participate in secret and sinister plots to exert wide-ranging control throughout the world. The belief that Jews use this control in order to profit while non-Jews suffer was one of Hitler’s key justifications for the Holocaust. Here are some of the most common conspiracy theories.
Banking / Media / Government
References to Jews secretly controlling any of these always have an antisemitic motivation.
This is an antisemitic document that was forged at the start of the twentieth century by the secret police of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and used to incite mob violence against Jews. It purports to be the minutes of a meeting of Jewish leaders, at which they discussed their plans for global domination.
The Rothschilds established themselves as a wealthy family of bankers in the early nineteenth century. They appear in many anti-Jewish conspiracy theories (see below) as a sinister, controlling force. The use of ‘Rothschild’ (i.e. ‘A Rothschild plot’) is invariably a device to avoid saying ‘Jew’ or ‘Jewish’.
Supposedly Jews, not Islamist terrorists, were responsible for flying passenger jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, so that they would profit from the resulting war. This is backed up by the equally false belief that no Jews were killed in the attack, as they had all been warned to stay at home that day.
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