‘Nakedly anti-Semitic image’: Leave.eu slammed for posting Tory MP tweet with pic of George Soros
The organisation, which campaigned for the UK to leave the EU during the lead up to the 2016 referendum, published the controversial tweet in which they warn “there's a concerted effort to thwart the will of the people.”
17.4m people voted leave the European Union. More than two years later we're still in the EU and there's a concerted effort to thwart the will of the people. If Brexit is not delivered, we can no longer pretend we're living in a democracy...— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) December 5, 2018
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Attached to the tweet is an image of Maria Caulfield, beside a ghost-like image of George Soros, and a quote from the MP, reading: “...the powerful elite seem to know best and openly mock the rest of us.”
Caulfield claims Leave.eu did not ask for her permission to publish her words and has called on the group to delete the tweet, revealing in a subsequent tweet that it was particularly hurtful “as my family are Jewish.”
Especially as my family are Jewish could not be more hurtful— Maria Caulfield MP (@mariacaulfield) December 5, 2018
The organization’s tweet has been picked up by Henry Newman, Director of Open Europe, a liberal pan-European think tank who described the image as shocking, labeling it “nakedly anti-Semitic.” There have been claims on social media that the obsession with Soros played into anti-Semitic stereotypes of rich Jews “controlling” society.
That https://t.co/Metjv74C4z sink low, no— Henry Newman (@HenryNewman) December 5, 2018
That they use what many will see as a pretty nakedly anti-Semitic image, yes
Except that the vast majority of the language on the right about Soros absolutely plays into anti-semitic stereotypes of Jewish bankers using their ill-gotten gains to control society / media. Why are they only obsessed with Soros?— Order of the Coif (@JusticeTyrwhit) December 5, 2018
Leave.eu’s co-founder Aaron Banks has hit back at Caulfield, telling the MP they would not be deleting the tweet. Banks tweeted: “Those were your words and George Soros is funding the anti-Brexit campaign. Why do you denounce your own words?”
No , those were your words and George Soros is funding the anti Brexit campaign. Why do you denounce your own words ? https://t.co/JKt14XQXTL— Arron Banks (@Arron_banks) December 5, 2018
Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) has given significant funding to a number of pro-EU organisations including Best for Britain, European Movement UK and Scientists for EU.
Responding to accusations he was meddling in other nations’ affairs he told the Guardian in February: “I am happy to take the fight to those who have tried to use a smear campaign, not arguments, to prop up their failing case.”
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