Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Using fears of the deadly coronavirus

In the world there are many viruses which cause respiratory infections, including the common cold, which are typically mild, though rarer forms such as SARS, MERS and 2019-nCoV can be lethal. These weeks lots of people got infected by a new virus, with  a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona, which has brought already more dead people than SARS.

Coronaviruses are in the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales.

The fear for this virus has given several groups to blame others and to create hatred against certain groups of people, first the Chinese and secondly the Jews.

Much like the neo-Nazis who are using fears of the deadly coronavirus to stoke hatred against Jews, the Arab media is using it to conjure conspiracy theories about Israel and the United States.
In a piece published last week by the Suadi Al-Watan, writer Sa’ud Al-Shehry claimed that the coronavirus was a plot hatched by American and Israeli drug companies aimed at increasing their profits.

According to Egyptian journalist Ahmad Rif’at, the U.S. is waging a propaganda war with Israel’s help to smear China’s “prestige and status” in the world.

“This war is not only intended to worry China, trouble it and cause it to spend billions of dollars on emergency measures and medicines — which, by the way, will be manufactured by an Israeli company,”

 Rif’at writes on the Egyptian news website Vetogate.com as translated by MEMRI.

Similarly, since the outbreak of the lethal virus, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been reporting on Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who have been using social media platforms to attack the Jews.
One anti-Semitic post on Telegram the ADL discovered said

 “Finally! Science has discovered a cure for the most insidious disease of our time…Jewishness,”

 and another post on the anonymous English-language Internet subculture image board website 4chan reads

 “Send the sick to Israel – if you already die at least take out as many Jews as you can.”
The Edomite spirit is unrelenting and cancerous by nature šŸ˜“

1 comment:

  1. David Morse writes: I am amazed how low the cases are outside China considering this started around Chinese new year. Will have to ask one of the pupils who I teach about what is happening, his parents live in Wuhan. He doesn't seem overly worried though.