The leader of a pro-Israel ministry says it is appalling but not surprising to hear claims that Jews are behind spread of the coronavirus.
The Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry has reported an increase in anti-Semitism alongside the coronavirus pandemic in which classic anti-Semitic allegations have been made by anti-Israel organizations and individuals.
One example from an Iranian-funded international propaganda outlet accused Israel of having "engineered" the deadly virus and trying to "amplify" the severe outbreak of the disease in Iran.
In an area of the world famous for its wild theories blaming the Jews, the coronavirus swept through Iran’s top leaders in recent weeks claiming the lives of an advisor to Ayatollah Khameini among several others.
Iran’s military leaders have also claimed the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, is “biological warfare” from the United States.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says world history is filled with examples of hatred toward Jews in times our trouble, such as the flea-carrying Black Death plague that raged across Europe and Asia in the 14th century.
“We saw back in the 1300's they were blaming the Jews for contaminating and putting poison into wells to kill Christians,” she says of that time period. “And so one of the first things I started looking for when I saw this outbreak starting, I started scanning the Internet to see what was being said and sure enough it's the Jews being blamed."
Israel itself has been hit hard by the coronavirus, too. OneNewsNow reported in a separate March 26 story the virus has infected approximately 2,400 Israelis so far and a former IDF officer said the country is under a strict lockdown. The virus has spread fastest among the nation's orthodox Jewish population possibly due to their large prayer gatherings.