The use of antisemitic tropes in political campaigning has been condemned by Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael.
Mr Carmichael is part of a 48-hour boycott of Twitter, protesting against the social media platform’s failure to act against antisemitic posts by grime artist Wiley. He was commenting on reports that Republican attack ads in November’s Senate race in Georgia had also relied on antisemitic messaging.
Mr Carmichael commented:
“The adverts run by the Republicans in Georgia are disgraceful. They have doctored an image of a candidate who happens to be Jewish to enlarge his nose. They show him next to the Democrat minority leader in the Senate, who also happens to be Jewish, with a claim that “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia”. It is a shameless mash-up of some of the oldest antisemitic tropes imaginable.”
“I am proud to call Jon Ossoff a friend. He is an exceptionally talented campaigner. I don’t expect everyone to agree with him but if you can’t express your disagreement without resorting to tactics like this then you have to take a long hard look at yourself.”
“This week as people around the world take a stand against Twitter’s failure to call out antisemitism, we should all call it out wherever we find it. We were all quick to condemn it coming from the hard left in the UK. We should be just as quick to condemn it when it comes from the right in America.”
“Antisemitism is not a thing of the past. It is alive and well in all parts of the world – whether overt or hidden – and we need to be alive to its harms. This is an early warning sign and must not be ignored.”