The World’s Most Successful Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory


The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an antisemitic conspiracy published in 1903, which falsely claimed to reveal a secret, malicious Jewish plot to take over the world.[1] The Protocols follows the basic blueprint of conspiracy theories.

Like other viruses, the antisemitic ideas within The Protocols have mutated over time, applying different terminology: blame is cast upon “bankers,” “globalists,” etc.,  which are code words for “Jews.”  Today, blatantly antisemitic conspiracies are being spread about the Jewish community and COVID-19. Moreover, antisemitism lies at the base of many other conspiracies, including QAnon. 

[1] https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/protocols-of-the-elders-of-zion 

Image: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 


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