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Russian TV airs documentary claiming Jews sank Titanic

(JTA) – In July, REN-TV, a privately owned Russian television channel reran an antisemitic documentary from 2012 that claimed the Titanic was sunk partly due to a conspiracy by Jews, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering anti-Semitism. The documentary suggested a “group of 300” Jews, freemasons and “illluminati” had sunk the ship in 1912 to provoke an international crisis and install themselves as leaders of a world government, a central theme of antisemitism conspiracy theories. The 2012 version of the documentary used the past tense, suggesting that the attempt was in the past and ultimately unsuccessful. However, REN-TV’s airing was edited to use the present tense, as well as to link the conspiracy to more recent events, including the Chernobyl disaster, 9/11 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia has already expressed concern.

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