Twitter was recently trending with #JewishPrivilege in a campaign to further the antisemitic myth of Jewish domination. It was quickly fought against in the online space.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the hashtag #Jewish Privilege was launched by Far Right activists:
“White supremacist Twitter profiles and bots … used the hashtag to post a mixture of classic conspiratorial theories involving Jewish domination and control of the media, Holocaust denial and accusations of underwriting social unrest movements so that Jews could displace whites with minority groups.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism, a UK-based group, sheds more light on the extremist undercurrents behind the hashtag:
“The idea that Jews are a ‘privileged‘ group is a slur designed to deny that antisemitism exists and to imply that Jews are a cause of racism towards other minorities.”
Some of the accounts initially flooding Twitter with antisemitic messaging under #JewishPrivilege were in fact fake accounts.
The narrative of extremists on both the Far Right and Far Left was quickly tackled by Jews and allies who shed light on the myth of “Jewish privilege.”
My #JewishPrivilege is having my car vandalized; getting physically assaulted; getting called a “kike”/”yahood”; losing out on job opportunities because I can’t work on Shabbos; keeping my son home from his school because they received mail containing a suspicious powder; Etc…
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) July 12, 2020
In Iran I got beat up by Muslim kids for being a “dirty jew”.
In England I got my nose broken by skinheads for being a “dirty jew”.
In US, after I became a doctor, a neo-Nazi spat in my face while I sutured his bleeding wound in ER.
Still a proud Jew.
— Afshine Emrani MD FACC (@EmraniMd) July 13, 2020
#JewishPrivilege is my daughter using her great grandfather’s Aushweitz tattoo number as her computer passcode https://t.co/gMkviPviST
— Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll (@skjask) July 12, 2020