Hugely Popular QAnon Telegram Account Goes on Antisemitic Tirade

One of the most popular QAnon advocates on the encrypted messaging app Telegram has spent several hours sharing antisemitic posts—which are being lapped up by followers.

The GhostEzra account, which has more than 334,000 subscribers on Telegram, has shared a number of antisemitic smears and conspiracy theories since Thursday.

One post was about the billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is often the target of antisemitic slurs. Another message falsely claimed that a Donald Trump speech condemning the media was about "Zionists."

GhostEzra also shared an image that appeared to highlight Jewish journalists and presenters at news outlets such as The New York Times, CNN and Fox News with the caption: "Probably just a coincidence."

Alongside a photo of Soros, GhostEzra wrote: "Ever wonder why George Soros not only survived the holocaust, but actually thrived through it?"

A few hours later, the account posted, without further comment, a Wikipedia entry about Crypto-Judaism—a term for people who secretly practiced Judaism while appearing to accept other religions in order to avoid persecution.

The GhostEzra account also shared a clip from Europa: The Last Battle, a 12-hour-long neo-Nazi propaganda film that claims Jewish people created communism and were responsible for both world wars.

Each post attracted thousands of replies, with many of the comments also containing antisemitic hatred and conspiracy theories.

Mike Rothschild, who has written a book about QAnon, described GhostEzra's Telegram activity as a "rabid spree" of antisemitic memes.

I’m diving into the 3600 comments on GhostEzra’s “Go Watch Some Nazi Propaganda” post.

A few dozen comments in, I have encountered literally no fightback. Several of these people are almost certainly real QAnon supporters; I’ve seen them discussing the drops knowledgeably.

— The Q Origins Project (@QOrigins) May 21, 2021

QAnon promoter GhostEzra is probably the king of Q on Telegram, with over 330k followers. He's also in the midst of a rabid spree of posting antisemitic memes.

— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) May 20, 2021

GhostEzra has gained a huge online following with posts about the radical QAnon movement, as well as other false claims about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines.

One of Ghost Ezra's most frequently repeated conspiracy theories is that President Joe Biden is actually dead and being played by a body double, a hologram, or even actor James Woods wearing a mask.

The core beliefs of the QAnon conspiracy theory are closely linked to antisemitic tropes.

QAnon supporters claim there is a cabal of high-profile satanic pedophiles in America, including leading Democrats, members of the Hollywood elite and Soros—echoing the antisemitic trope that Jews secretly control the world's media, banks and governments.

Another QAnon belief is that this cabal of pedophiles tortures and kills children in order to harvest the chemical adrenochrome from them.

Although the chemical is real and is produced by the oxidation of adrenaline, it is certainly not a magical elixir made by figures such as Hillary Clinton from the blood of children, as is claimed by QAnon supporters.

Experts have pointed out the similarities between the adrenochrome claim and the antisemitic "blood libel" falsehoods that have existed for hundreds of years.

"This whole blood libel is very prominent there, the idea of kidnapping children for blood," Magda Teter, a Jewish studies professor and author of Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth," told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 2020.

"People are going to start Googling 'killing children for blood.' That will lead them to antisemitism even if they may not be initially inclined," Teter said.

The idea that the Western world is dominated by a cabal also echoes the false claims in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which was produced in Russia in the early 20th century.

The text, which the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum describes as "the most notorious and widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times," helped to spread the falsehood about a Jewish conspiracy to control the world.

"Even though Jews are not necessarily the target of QAnon, most of those theories sound familiar to anyone who knows anything about the history of antisemitism," Michael Brenner, director of American University's Center for Israel Studies, told Insider.

Newsweek has contacted Telegram for comment.

Update 05/21/21, 11:45 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information on the Telegram posts.

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A flag for the QAnon conspiracy theory is flown alongside other banners during a pro-Trump rally on October 11, 2020, in Ronkonkoma, New York. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images