UK - 1 in 5 Believe COVID-19 Is a Jewish Conspiracy

Arno Froese

One in five English people believe that Jews created COVID-19 to collapse the economy for financial gain, a newly-released study by a team of researchers at the University of Oxford has revealed.

The Oxford Coronavirus Explanations, Attitudes, and Narratives Survey (OCEANS), was published in the journal Psychological Medicine. It surveyed 2,500 adults who were representative of the English population according to age, gender, region and income, on their attitudes toward the government narrative on coronavirus and related conspiracy theories between May 4 and May 11.

Presented with the statement “Jews have created the virus to collapse the economy for financial gain,” 5.3% of the interviewees “agreed a little,” 6.8% “agreed moderately,” 4.6% “agreed a lot,” and 2.4% “agreed completely,” while some 80.8% did not agree with it at all.

Similar figures were recorded for conspiracy theories involving other groups: while 80.1% of respondents did not agree with the statement “Muslims are spreading the virus as an attack on Western values,” 19.9% did to some extent, including 2.4% who agreed completely.

“The conspiracy beliefs varied hugely in content, often contradicting each other, but if a person believed one idea they were more likely to endorse others,” study leader Daniel Freeman highlighted. “If a person blamed Jews, they were also more likely to blame Muslims, Bill Gates and pharmaceutical companies too. What we are observing is most likely a conspiracy mentality: a way of seeing the world that is marked by antipathy to official or mainstream accounts or to those in higher status positions.”

Regarding their demographic features, they tended to be associated with “higher levels of religiosity” and a “slightly more right wing political orientation,” as explained in the paper.

The survey comes shortly after NGO Hope Not Hate published a similar survey of their own, conducted between February and April 2020, which found that 13% of Britons believe that Jews have “undue control of banks,” while a substantial 38% said they “couldn’t say for sure” or “didn’t know.”

“The Jewish community in Britain, and in all Europe, needs to understand that antisemitism will only intensify as a result of the deep demographic change that the continent is undergoing. Therefore, they must realize that the only viable and safe alternative is to immigrate to Israel,” said JNF-UK Chairman Samuel Hayek., 25 May 2020

Arno's Commentary

Antisemitism is nothing new, and the coronavirus has served to inflame these conspiracy theories. Looking back at recent history, we find quite a number, among which were the ones surrounding the destruction of the twin towers in New York, when on 11 September 2001, Muslim suicide terrorists—of which the majority were Saudi Arabian citizens—attacked the USA. Several conspiracy theories pointed to Israel as the perpetrator.

Thus, it is not surprising that some UK citizens make the Jews the scapegoats—as much of the church has done for the last 2,000 years. 

What does it mean for Israel? JNF-UK chairman Samuel Hayek fittingly stated: “Therefore, they must realize that the only viable and safe alternative is to immigrate to Israel.”

Under the umbrella of Zionism, the first 30,000 Jews began returning to Israel beginning in 1882. Today (2020), 6.7 million Jews reside in the land. But that’s not the end; the prophet Jeremiah exclaims: “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Jeremiah 32:37-38).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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