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Lou Dobbs Deploys Anti-Semitic ‘Tentacles’ Trope to Smear George Soros

Lou Dobbs Deploys Anti-Semitic ‘Tentacles’ Trope to Smear George SorosFox Business NetworkDuring a Wednesday night interview with right-wing provocateur Michelle Malkin, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs smeared liberal Jewish financier George Soros with an anti-Semitic trope, claiming Soros’ “tentacles reach out into various non-government organizations and nonprofits.” Dobbs brought on Malkin, who recently told Fox News that Soros is funding the “illegal alien lawyers lobby,” to hawk her latest anti-immigrant book, and it didn’t take long for her to portray Soros as a “globalist” bent on destroying America’s sovereignty.“And George Soros himself… explicitly says the idea of sovereignty, something that so many of us who are children of legal immigrants, for example, respect as a fundamental precept for the survival of a country, sovereignty to George Soros is quote-unquote an obstacle,” she said. “And he has created an entire infrastructure of tax-exempt nonprofits to do his bidding.”Dobbs then took Malkin’s comments a step further.“It is extraordinary and I think most people, I’ll include myself, cannot conceive of why a man would fund efforts that would work against sovereignty,” Dobbs said. “Work against our laws—there are laws against illegal immigration—and to see his tentacles reach out into various non-government organizations and nonprofits that are working with everything from the Koch Brothers to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as you document through this book.”“It is stunning to see how pervasive and how successful he has been with his strategy,” he added.Last year, the Anti-Defamation League commented on the anti-Semitism behind many of the Soros-related conspiracies the right has spread for years, many of which have recently made their way into the mainstream. “Even if no anti-Semitic insinuation is intended, casting a Jewish individual as a puppet master who manipulates national events for malign purposes has the effect of mainstreaming anti-Semitic tropes and giving support, however unwitting, to bona fide anti-Semites and extremists who disseminate these ideas knowingly and with malice,” the organization noted.Nazi propaganda, meanwhile, used images of a Jewish octopus spanning the globe and wrapping around political institutions during the 1930s. Neo-Nazi groups have continued to promulgate this trope in recent years, specifically referring to Jewish “tentacles.”A frequent guest of Dobbs’, Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell, was banned from Fox airwaves last year after he claimed migrant caravans from Central America were funded by the “Soros-occupied State Department,” parroting the anti-Semitic smear of a “Zionist-controlled government.” Two days after Farrell made his comments, an anti-Semite killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter believed that Soros and other Jews were trying to replace whites through immigration.This also isn’t the first time the “tentacle” trope has been used by a Fox host. Back in 2015, then-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called Soros the “shadow puppet master” who “has his tentacles into political organizations.”Meanwhile, Dobbs—who serves as an informal adviser to the president—was seen entering the White House on Wednesday afternoon.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Trump dismisses criticism of his dual loyalty comments: 'It's only anti-Semitic in your head'

Trump dismisses criticism of his dual loyalty comments: 'It's only anti-Semitic in your head'President Trump Wednesday expanded on his views about how Jews who vote for Democrats are “disloyal” and dismissed any criticism of his comments.



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Trump stands by antisemitic trope that sparked anger among Jewish Americans

Trump stands by antisemitic trope that sparked anger among Jewish AmericansPresident repeated view that voting Democrat was ‘disloyal to Jewish people’, remarks that have caused shock and disdainDonald Trump on Wednesday repeated an antisemitic trope that has prompted dismay among prominent American Jews, saying that voting Democratic was “disloyal to Jewish people and … very disloyal to Israel”.Prominent US Jews have reacted with shock and disdain to Trump’s renewed adoption of a longstanding antisemitic trope that implied that American Jews had divided loyalty to America and to Israel. Over almost 24 hours he has repeatedly described Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats as showing “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty”.The president ignited the storm when he appeared to accuse Jewish Americans of having dual loyalties in remarks from the Oval Office on Tuesday. Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, pointed out on Twitter that charges of disloyalty “have long been used to attack Jews … It’s long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football”.J Street, the progressive Jewish American lobbying group, released a statement in which it called Trump’s remarks “dangerous and shameful”. It noted that 70% of American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump in the 2016 presidential race, adding: “This vast majority of our community rejected and continues to abhor the xenophobia, bigotry and extremism of Donald Trump and his allies.”Trump reiterated his contentious comments on Wednesday morning, bragging about the praise he had received overnight from a notorious rightwing conspiracy theorist. Wayne Allyn Root, a conservative talk radio host who has championed many virulent untruths, including the “birther” conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not a US citizen, lauded Trump on air as “the greatest president for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world”.In a stream of tweets, Trump cited Root as saying that Israelis loved the US president “like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.”A reference to the second coming was unfortunate, given the context.The president returned to the subject yet again later on Wednesday as he addressed reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before his Marine One departure to Kentucky, where he was scheduled to speak to military veterans. Despite the furor surrounding his claims, he made his most specific suggestion yet that American Jews intrinsically have divided fealty.“If you vote for a Democrat, you’re being disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel,” he said, denying that his words were antisemitic.Trump ignited the storm on Tuesday afternoon when he unleashed a barrage of disparaging comments against the Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Trump, who recently encouraged Israel to block Tlaib’s visit to see her family in the occupied territories, lashed out after the congresswomen criticized Benjamin Netanyahu’s government for denying them entry, vowing that the Israeli leader would not “succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us”.Calling Omar a “disaster” for Jews, Trump said he didn’t “buy” the tears Tlaib had shed Monday at an emotional press conference during which Tlaib talked about her decision not to travel to Israel to see her elderly grandmother, who lives in the occupied West Bank.“Where has the Democratic party gone?” Trump asked reporters at the White House. “Where have they gone, where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”This was not the first time that Trump has been castigated for apparently invoking the “dual loyalty” antisemitic trope. In April, he called Netanyahu “your prime minister” in front of the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.Leading Jewish Democratic politicians also excoriated Trump for his comments. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination, pronounced himself to be “a proud Jewish person”.Sanders said: “I have no concerns about voting Democratic. And in fact I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States.”Ted Deutch, a Democratic congressman from Florida who has supported aspects of Trump’s Israel policy in the past, including the decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, was also harshly critical. Talking to the CBS franchise in Miami, he called on Trump to apologize.“It would be an enormous start if we can all acknowledge there is no place for language like that,” he said.Deutch, who is Jewish, told the TV station that after Trump made his contentious remarks he had received a text from a friend whose 98-year-old mother was a Holocaust survivor. She wanted the congressman to know, he said, “that the language she heard today was language she heard as a kid in Germany”.Deutch added: “I’m not making a comparison. I’m simply telling you how people who have experienced the worst heard a statement like that.”



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Founder of neo-Nazi website should pay Jewish woman $14m for unleashing antisemitic 'troll storm' on her, judge rules

Founder of neo-Nazi website should pay Jewish woman $  14m for unleashing antisemitic 'troll storm' on her, judge rulesThe founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer should be forced to pay more than $ 14m (£11.2m) to a Jewish woman targeted by a “troll storm” of abusive messages for months on end, a judge has said.The US magistrate called the campaign, launched by the website’s publisher Andrew Anglin, as “egregious and reprehensible” with Tanya Gersh, her husband and her 12-year-old son being flooded with vile phone calls, text messages, emails and social media posts that included death threats and antisemitic slurs.Ms Gersh, from Whitefish, Montana, said that she was told she should have perished in the Holocaust and that voicemails she received contained the sounds of guns firing again and again. The mother was left suffering from panic attacks that left her short of breath and vomiting.“I was frightened to the point that we couldn’t think straight,” Ms Gersh – a real estate agent – said after a recent court hearing. “We talked about waking our children in the middle of the night — to run from Nazis.”The abuse began in December 2016 after The Daily Stormer published, under Mr Anglin’s byline, a call to arms to readers. “Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?” the post said. “Because AYO — it’s that time, fam.” Ms Gersh’s contact details were posted online and followers were urged to “tell them you are sicked by the Jewish agenda”. There were also photographs of Ms Gersh and her son, photoshopped against an image of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Daily Stormer claimed the posts were protected by free speech laws.Judge Jeremiah Lynch said that Mr Anglin had “acted with actual malice” in posting the contact details.The source of the abuse followed accusations from Mr Anglin and others that Ms Gersh had tried to extort the mother of prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer. Spencer has been widely denounced for telling supporters to “party like its 1933” – the year Adolf Hitler came to power – after the election of Donald Trump. Mr Spencer was also a featured speaker at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a civil rights activist was killed and 19 other people were injured in August 2017.Sherry Spencer, who owned a commercial property in Ms Gersh’s town of Whitefish, had faced scrutiny over her son’s extreme views and residents had discussed protesting outside the building.According to her lawsuit, Ms Gersh said that Ms Spencer had phoned her for advice after Ms Gersh had contacted friends in the building to tell them protests may be coming.Ms Gersh suggested that Ms Spencer sell the building and disavow her son’s views, with the lawsuit saying Ms Spencer had appeared receptive, but that changed.More than 30 articles naming Ms Gersh were then said to have appeared on The Daily Caller, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The suit claims that Ms Gersh and her family received more than 700 hate-filled messages.With Mr Anglin having not appeared at a deposition in April, Judge Lynch recommended a default judgement against the publisher – but he went further. He recommended that Mr Anglin, who is in his mid-30s, be ordered to pay $ 4,042,438 in compensatory damages and $ 10 million, the maximum under Montana state law, in punitive damages for “the particularly egregious and reprehensible nature of Anglin’s conduct.” Judge Lynch's findings and recommendations must be approved by US District Judge Dana Christensen to take effect.Ms Gersh said that she may not receive the money, but Monday’s judgement has sent a message to others.“A clear message has been sent to Anglin and other extremists: No one should be terrorised for simply being who they are, and no one should ever be afraid for being who they are,” she said in a statement.“This lawsuit has always been about stopping others from enduring the terror I continue to live through at the hands of a neo-Nazi and his followers, and I wanted to make sure that this never happens to anyone else,” she added.Last month, Mr Anglin was ordered to pay $ 4.1 million after he failed to respond to a defamation lawsuit filed by the Muslim radio host and comedian Dean Obeidallah after The Daily Stormer falsely labelled him a terrorist.



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Pelosi: Omar’s Comments Not ‘Intentionally Anti-Semitic’

Pelosi: Omar’s Comments Not ‘Intentionally Anti-Semitic’House speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asserted that Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) recent claim that her pro-Israel colleagues are motivated by a “dual loyalty” to the U.S. and Israel was not “intentionally anti-Semitic.”Pelosi's comment, which was reported by Politico, came hours after House Democrats sparred in a closed-door meeting over a resolution condemning religious bigotry intended at least partially in response to Omar's comments. A number of Omar's fellow progressives lashed out at Pelosi and suggested their older colleagues were making a politically costly mistake by rebuking Omar.“We’ve individually and collectively already responded to the fact that we oppose all ‘-isms’ that do not treat people in this country fairly and justly,” Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D., N.J.) said during the meeting, according to the Washington Post. “To continue to engage in this discussion is simply an opportunity to give both the media and Republicans distractions from our agenda. We’ve got important work to do.”Pelosi told Politico that she is not sure whether the resolution, which was amended earlier this week to include a provision condemning anti-Muslim bigotry in addition to anti-Semitism, will receive a vote this week.Omar, who has previously been accused of anti-Semitism by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for attributing U.S. support for Israel to the “Benjamins,” once again enflamed tensions last week by suggesting that accusations of anti-Semitism, including from her “Jewish colleagues,” are intended to chill debate over the alliance.“What I’m fearful of — because [Representative] Rashida [Tlaib] and I are Muslim — that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim,” said Omar, speaking at a progressive town-hall event in Washington, D.C. alongside Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.).“So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she later added.The comments were unanimously condemned by Democratic and Republican leadership and earned Omar the scorn of House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Elliot Engel, who called them “outrageous and deeply hurtful.” Engel has thus far resisted Republicans' calls for Omar to lose her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.



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Ilhan Omar's comments were anti-Semitic rhetoric, let's not beat around the bush: Today's talker

Ilhan Omar's comments were anti-Semitic rhetoric, let's not beat around the bush: Today's talkerWhen prominent people or members of Congress spout anti-Semitic rhetoric, it gives a green light to others to repeat that rhetoric, says head of ADL.



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You can critique Israel without sounding anti-Semitic. Rep. Ilhan Omar should learn how.

You can critique Israel without sounding anti-Semitic. Rep. Ilhan Omar should learn how.Omar's thoughtless comments about Jews and Israel hurt her and help Netanyahu. Here's what's we should be discussing, minus the anti-Semitic cliches.



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Ilhan Omar says her refusal to 'pledge allegiance' to Israel does not make her antisemitic

Ilhan Omar says her refusal to 'pledge allegiance' to Israel does not make her antisemiticIlhan Omar has defended herself in the face of criticism after saying she should not need to “have allegiance [or] pledge support” to Israel to serve in the US Congress. The Minnesota representative was involved in a heated exchange on Twitter with Nita Lowey, a fellow Democratic politician, over her recent comments about the influence of pro-Israel groups in Washington. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Ms Omar said, at an event on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.



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Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to House committee chair's charge of 'vile, anti-Semitic slur'

Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to House committee chair's charge of 'vile, anti-Semitic slur'Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing criticism and charges of anti-Semitism from her own party's leadership for comments about the political influence of Israel.



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French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse

French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse“Our country is confronted with a resurgence of anti-Semitism undoubtedly without precedent since the Second World War,” President Emmanuel Macron said later on Tuesday in an annual speech to Jewish leaders in France. France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse. “We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including “Heil Hitler”, “dirty Jew” or “dirty Jews”, comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community,” the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.



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