Antisemite of the Week: Marjorie Taylor Greene – Space Laser Specialist

Antisemite of the Week: Marjorie Taylor Greene – Space Laser Specialist

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February 8, 2021

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Marjorie Taylor Greene is a freshman Congresswoman from Georgia. This week, she was stripped of her committee assignments after numerous conspiracy theories she posted on social media before her election to Congress, including antisemitic ones, came to light.

Just over two years ago, Greene suggested in a Facebook post that wildfires in California were not natural. She claimed the blazes were started by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), a company owned by the Rothschild family, using a space laser in order to clear room for a high-speed rail project. 

The Rothschild family has been heavily featured in antisemitic conspiracy theories about Jewish world dominance since as early as the 19th century. Greene’s version has updated the theory by falsely suggesting that the Rothschilds possess a secret, powerful space laser that has the ability to set forests on fire.

That same year, Greene outrageously claimed that “Zionist supremacists” were conspiring to flood Europe with Muslim migrants in order to replace the continent’s white populations. A video she shared on social media perpetuates an antisemitic conspiracy theory called the “Great Replacement” which alleges that Jews are orchestrating the mass migration of non-white, Muslim immigrants into predominantly white countries in order to wipe out the white population there. According to this video, those supporting the refugees are using “immigrant pawns” to commit “the biggest genocide in human history.”

The video, which originated on the far-right message board 8chan in 2015, has been celebrated by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Robert Bowman, who killed 11 people in the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, also espoused the “Great Replacement” theory, as did marchers in the 2017 far-right rally in Charlottesville.

This antisemitic conspiracy theory, which Greene helps spreading, also plays into the desires of other extremist groups, such as ISIS, by spreading fear and divide between the Jews and other communities.

On Thursday, February 4th, 2021, Marjorie Taylor Greene was voted to be removed from the Education Committee she was appointed to serve on. 

The House of Representatives correctly concluded that Congresswoman Greene peddles in dangerous lies and conspiracy theories and should not have a platform to try to influence the education policy of the United States. 

We call on the House of Representatives to take similar action of removal against antisemitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and her cohort, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib who is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

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