Antisemite YouTuber T. West feeds the Jew-hating propaganda machine
Theautries West, or “T. West” as he is known on YouTube, is a particularly nasty African-American antisemite who blames Jews for everything from the recent Arab Spring uprisings to his children’s acne. Whatever the trouble or world situation, you can be sure Jews are behind it all, according to T. West.
West currently resides on YouTube as “Afrisynergy”, and Jews/Zionists are the target of his vitriol. He was suspended a couple of years ago by YouTube administration under the username “westthea” for hate speech directed towards Jews in Israel and the United States. West parrots pretty much every antisemitic canard ever dreamed up by Jew haters over the centuries.
In today’s hyper-connected world, one individual’s extremist rant on the Internet can quickly become fodder for a newspaper headline halfway around the world.
This was the case when West posted an incoherent tirade on YouTube last year, making the preposterous allegation that the much-lauded Israel Defense Forces mobile hospital unit in Haiti might be involved in stealing organs for profit. He now has over a dozen videos on YouTube making the same false allegations.
The whole concept is laughable to the rational mind, but West’s mind is anything but rational. He’s a paranoid schizophrenic with a persecution complex.
This is not a new thing. Antisemites of every stripe have been putting forth this propaganda for centuries, from the blood libels of the Middle Ages until today, when they claim the IDF kills Palestinians in order to harvest their organs to sell on the black market.
Several anti-Israel Web sites and Middle East news sources immediately picked up on and reported as credible the allegations made by West that Israel may be involved in stealing organs from earthquake victims. “Israel Harvesting Organs in Haiti?” asked a banner headline on the Web site of Press TV, a state-funded Iranian news channel. The answer was readily provided in the adjacent article, quoting directly from the “T. West” tirade.
How does such an outrageous accusation, made by someone virtually unknown ostensibly sitting in his living room with no information other than what he has read on the Internet and seen on television, get broadcast around the world in nano-seconds as the truth?
The answer is technology. The Internet has made it easy for anyone to “broadcast yourself” — as the YouTube saying goes — and many do so with nefarious intentions and without fear of consequences.
The Internet’s increasingly user-driven social-networking sites are a boon not only to those who put them to use for positive purposes — for getting out news and video from the anti-government protests in Iran, for example — but to those who spread incitement, malicious rumors, extremism and hatred.
We no longer live in the time when toxic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories spread slowly, through word-of-mouth, books, articles, or were contained within fringe groups and extremist activists. Today, within minutes, any spurious allegation posted online that casts a negative light on the Jewish state or Jews, no matter how dubious or untrustworthy the source, is repeated and spread and embraced as fact.