Ukip ac­cused of em­brac­ing far-right con­spir­acists

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

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.

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