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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dutch activist blames bird flu on Jews

From Haaretz:
A journalist from Holland who linked Jews to the recent outbreak of a flu pandemic drew heavy criticism from a prominent Dutch Jewish organization this week, which said her claim was tantamount to an anti-Semitic blood libel.

Holland's largest daily, De Telegraaf, last week printed an interview with Desiree Rover, 61, who proposed the bird flu pandemic, caused by the virus H5N1, was part of an international conspiracy to reduce the world's population. (Swine flu, or H1N1, is a related virus.)


Rover is quoted saying the conspiracy can be traced back to descendants of the Khazars in the Caucasus believed to have converted to Judaism 1,200 years ago. De Telegraaf quotes her saying these descendants are now "praying to another god; Lucifer, Satan or however you want to call him" and "are called Rockefeller, Rothschild, Brzezinski and Kissinger."
The original article in Dutch frames her as an anti-vaccine extremist, and she has a bunch of conspiracy theories about how the West unleashed H5N1 on the world, but the anti-semitism is blatant, if not the focus of the article.

I predict that the Arab press will pick up on this within 24 hours.