The chilling revelation of an investigative report by BuzzFeed, headlined “The unbelievable story of the plot against George Soros: How two Jewish American political consultants helped create the world’s largest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory,” is that anti-Semitism has become another tool in the toolbox of the “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” Jew — that many-armed Jew who schemes to take over the world, as described by his loyal antagonists.
The investigation found that the effort to make Soros the most-hated Jew in the world was designed by two Jewish consultants to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Arthur Finkelstein and George Birnbaum. They targeted Soros solely because it was good for Orban’s campaign. They thought they had to create an enemy out of nothing, to make up a shadowy figure who controls everything. And in Soros, they found the perfect candidate. They concocted an anti-Semitic plot whose outline seems ripped from the “Protocols.”
The cherry on top was that the person behind the cynical political marriage of two Jewish consultants and the man who has been striving to whitewash Miklos Horthy, the Hungarian leader who collaborated with the Nazis, is none other than Benjamin Netanyahu. In short, two Jewish consultants were paid to disseminate a blood libel, under the protection of the prime minister of the Jewish state.
For Netanyahu, it is a true market manipulation: He benefits politically from the rise of anti-Semitism even as he works to exacerbate it: directly (his 2015 speech to Congress, his support of anti-liberal regimes) and indirectly (his refusal to denounce the witch hunt against Soros, which his son Yair also helped spread).
The anti-Semitic campaign against Soros led to similar campaigns in other European states. On Wednesday, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog said “Jews are once again unsafe in the streets of Europe.”
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When Birnbaum was asked whether the Hungarian campaign led to a rise in anti-Semitism, he admitted that in retrospect, “it looks really bad.” Nevertheless, he said he has no regrets. “Can I not attack someone because he is a Jew?” he asked.
The Jewish right, both in Israel and abroad, has consistently claimed that the Jewish left suffers from auto-anti-Semitism. They compare it to the auto-anti-Semitism of Otto Weininger, who committed suicide out of self-hatred. They compulsively cite Berl Katznelson. (“Is there any other nation whose sons have become so warped, mentally and emotionally?”)
But the “auto-anti-Semitism” attributed to the Jewish left is at most extreme self-criticism, delivered in full awareness of the danger of reigniting the anti-Semitic fires. Thus when Netanyahu addressed Congress in support of the opposition to President Barack Obama on the Iranian issue, as his Jewish-American patron Sheldon Adelson called for dropping a nuclear bomb on Iran, the “auto-anti-Semites” of the left were afraid. They cried out that he was exploiting the power of the Jewish lobby, meddling in the politics of another country and could even foment a world war.
But can there be anything more auto-anti-Semitic, in the literal sense of the word, than what Finkelstein and Birnbaum did under Netanyahu’s aegis? These Jewish consultants used all the Jewish stereotypes to concoct an anti-Semitic plot against Soros, out of greed, while wearing the dubious hat of political consultants that gives them access to the ears of any world leader; under the patronage of Israel’s prime minister, they were willing to contribute to the rise in anti-Semitism around the world.