Deputies urge Ukip to drop In­fowars con­nec­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

THE BOARD of Deputies and the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust have called on Ukip to dis­so­ci­ate it­self from an Amer­i­can far-right web­site that spreads Ge­orge Soros con­spir­acy the­o­ries and claimed the US govern­ment may have been be­hind the Pitts­burgh at­tack.

In June, Paul Joseph Wat­son, who is an “edi­tor at large” at Alex Jones’ In­fowars web­site, was wel­comed into Ukip as a mem­ber as part of an at­tempt by leader Ger­ard Bat­ten to make the party more ap­peal­ing to young vot­ers.

Mr Wat­son’s YouTube chan­nel has more than 1.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers and he made a video prais­ing Ukip af­ter join­ing the party along­side Mark Meechan, a self-de­scribed co­me­dian and free speech ac­tivist.

Af­ter the Pitts­burgh at­tack, in which 11 peo­ple died, Mr Jones sug­gested it was the work of “the deep state”, adding the govern­ment may have been “plan­ning with groups they con­trol to stage ter­ror at­tacks”.

In the past Mr Jones, a web ra­dio host, has ar­gued that the 9/11 at­tacks and the 7 July bomb­ings in Lon­don were ei­ther faked or car­ried out by gov­ern­mentlinked forces.

He also ar­gued that pipe bombs sent to phi­lan­thropist Ge­orge Soros and other prom­i­nent US fig­ures in re­cent weeks were also a “false flag plot”.

An ar­ti­cle on the In­fowars web­site ac­cuses Mr Soros of be­ing a “Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor” and dozens of oth­ers al­lege he Con­spir­acist: Alex Jones

funded the mi­grant car­a­van in Mex­ico.

A spokesman for the Board of Deputies said it was very con­cerned at the party’s as­so­ci­a­tion with peo­ple “prop­a­gat­ing con­spir­acy the­o­ries and dog­whis­tle an­tisemitism”.

He said: “We call on the party lead­er­ship to pub­licly and un­equiv­o­cally dis­as­so­ci­ate them­selves from these views and to ex­pel any mem­bers who are found to hold them.”

A spokesman for the CST, a UK an­tisemitism watch­dog, said: “The seep­age of an­tisemitism and con­spir­acy the­o­ries into main­stream pol­i­tics en­cour­ages ha­tred and un­der­mines democ­racy.

“Rather than shun­ning these dan­gers, Ukip ap­pears to be em­brac­ing them; and in the process is los­ing any claim it once had to be a re­spectable, main­stream party.”

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