In the wake of the shooting and stabbing attacks on Orthodox Jews in New York and New Jersey as well as the ongoing anti-Semitic violence in the area, far-right online trolls are once again creating fake Jewish profiles on social media to fan the flames of discord between the black and Jewish communities.
The problem first appeared six months ago, when Twitter was flooded with fake accounts of “Jewish” users who endorsed extreme views and anti-Semitic messaging. The campaign originated on the alt-right bulletin board 4Chan and was designed to “subvert Jews” through impersonating them. This time, the online “fake Jews” are spreading racist incitement against the perpetrators of the latest wave of anti-Semitic attacks.
These fake accounts are on a mission to do some serious damage between Black and Jewish communities. Feeding on a whiff of tension.
Report, block and always check the TLs/followers of new accounts before engaging with them. pic.twitter.com/R9EkO46QRK
— Lara 'Challah Black Girl' M (@BlewishAnd) January 1, 2020
The most prominent and widely circulated tweet came from the account of one Elaine Goldschmidt, who claims to be a “Jew who was frightened by the string of anti-Semitic attacks” and bemoans the fact that “Ni***** were supposed to be on our side. Now we have lost control of them.” The photo used in the profile was taken from the account of a British comedian, Jane Godley.
This far right 4chan account troll group is using my image and trying to get my account cancelled by mass tweeting – it’s hurtful and anti Semitic pic.twitter.com/d7Unld1uuJ
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) January 2, 2020
The sentiment references the widespread white supremacist “replacement theory,” which claims that a Jewish cabal controls minority communities and uses them to subvert the white race. The “success” of the tweet in evoking outraged responses was lauded by participants on a 4Chan thread.
The Goldschmidt post was praised by another fake Twitter profile bearing the unsubtle name of Ari Shekelburg. Both accounts were quickly reported and then suspended by Twitter, along with an account that claimed to belong to a Maya Katz, which featured a photo of a white woman holding a black child.
– Tweet Ari Shekelberg
Ohhhh ok. Now i get it. pic.twitter.com/SofjALO2OR
— T Washington (@TWashin96175359) December 31, 2019
– Tweet Maya Katz
Very dodgy account btw aside from their vile messaging. pic.twitter.com/NhHFwvIPSr
— ((( ✡️ Little Big Mouth ✡️ ))) (@1littleBIGMOUTH) January 1, 2020
In addition to Twitter, this type of activity has been cropping up on other platforms, including Instagram and Telegram.
– Tweet CIGtelegram
here's a neo-Nazi telegram channel promoting the new racist & antisemitic campaign which attempts to stoke tension & violence between Black and Jewish communities. pic.twitter.com/b0XNSC7PPc
— Dog Privacy Respecter (@findoctrine) January 1, 2020
As they did over the summer, sharp-eyed advocates not only spotted and reported the accounts to Twitter, leading to their suspension, but also located the posts on 4Chan, Reddit and other bulletin boards where plans for the creation of the fake accounts were made and encouraged.