'Icke, one of the world's most famous conspiracy theorists, spoke for four hours to a crowd of hundreds at the nearly full Watford Colosseum on Friday evening.
Alongside a heavy use of New Age jargon (such as “vibrational frequencies” and “infinite consciousness”) and anti-“PC” ranting, Icke claimed that “indigenous” populations were being played off against immigrants by a shadowy “hidden hand” that is allegedly encouraging mass immigration.
An image of the billionaire philanthropist George Soros (who is of Jewish heritage), depicted as a fiery demon with reptile eyes, was displayed on screen next to images of refugees and of the Arab Spring. Another image depicted Soros as a controlling puppet master, and another alleged that “Rothschild Zionism” was a constituent part of a supposed ring of global manipulators. In indulging in such tropes, Icke is echoing a longstanding tradition of conspiratorial antisemitism that has portrayed Jews as dictating world events, pushing globalism and mass immigration to undermine white populations. In the modern era Soros has become the focus of numerous conspiracy theories, many of which are patently antisemitic.
The strength of the antisemitic tropes promulgated by Icke is startling, but sadly nothing new. The former footballer and one-time Green Party spokesman has dabbled in antisemitism since the 1990s, when he began overdosing on bizarre ideas. His popularity has continued, in part because many in the mainstream have failed to take his antisemitism as a credible threat.
This weekend, Momentum released a video railing against Icke’s antisemitism, an encouraging step by the group towards tackling the ongoing issue of anti-Jewish sentiment in Labour and on the left more generally. The video correctly states that Icke is often regarded as a “harmless eccentric”, and subsequently dismissed. Indeed, it was at times hard not to laugh as the former goalkeeper put up slide after slide of his own quotes, or played the opening lies of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” to bolster an argument on Friday.'
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