The Asian Image has exposed a conspiracy-theory laden antisemitic video that blames Jews for deliberately increasing the gas content in carbonated drinks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Campaign Against Antisemitism thanks and commends The Asian Image for reporting this story and for bravely calling out antisemitism. The Asian Image is the “North West’s biggest and most widely read Asian Newspaper.”
The newspaper voices concerns about the dissemination of antisemitic videos, stating: “One of the most alarming features is how people are now sharing videos without realising the antisemitic nature of the content. Some of these are in English but a growing number are in other languages.”
It concludes with: “If a video was being shared which supported anti-Muslim conspiracy theories there would indeed be understandable uproar. So, why are we so irresponsible when it comes to such content?”
In the video, a man speaking Urdu states that it is important not to begin fasting with carbonated drinks, claiming that cold and carbonated drinks can even cause death. He then claims that many carbonated drinks companies are owned and run by Jews who have “purposely planned” to increase the carbonation of some soft drinks, and that according to the Quran, Muslims are not permitted to have relations or friendships with Jews in any way.
This is one of the most bizarre antisemitic conspiracy theories that we have come across and we applaud The Asian Image for bringing this to the attention of their large readership. The persecution of Jews has often been underpinned by the idea that Jews participate in secret and sinister plots to exert wide-ranging control throughout the world.