Ukip accused of embracing far-right conspiracists
Jewish organisations have accused the anti-EU political party Ukip of embracing antisemitic conspiracy theories through the party’s links to a far-right US website that regularly attacks George Soros and has argued the Pittsburgh synagogue attack could have been instigated by the US government.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Community Security Trust (CST) has called on Ukip to dissociate itself from Infowars after bringing in one of the website’s editors as a member and using him to promote the party to younger people.
Paul Joseph Watson, a Briton who has the title of “editor at large” for the website has a large YouTube following and is Infowars founder Alex Jones’s de facto deputy. In June, Watson was among a trio of YouTube personalities welcomed into Ukip as part of an attempt by its leader, Gerard Batten, to make the party appeal more to young voters.