Al Jazeera anchor promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter
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Al Jazeera anchor promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter

Qatar-based news presenter Ghada Oueiss tweets about baseless Khazar theory, which claims European Jews descended from Turkic people

The Jerusalem office of Qatar-based news network and TV channel Al-Jazeera on July 31, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
The Jerusalem office of Qatar-based news network and TV channel Al-Jazeera on July 31, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

JTA — An Al Jazeera anchor promoted an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter on Thursday.

“This Holy Land belongs to Palestinians Because Palestinians are Semitic unlike the Israeli Khazars who are occupiers !!” tweeted Ghada Oueiss, a Qatar-based news presenter.

The Khazar theory claims that European Jews are the descendants of Khazars, a Turkic people who lived in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, rather than from Jews who originated in the Middle East. The theory has been used by anti-Semites and anti-Zionists to discount Jewish claims to the land of Israel. Scholars have discounted the theory.

Oueiss sparred with critics and defended her comment, sharing a photo of a book that supported the hypothesis.

In May, the Qatari news channel suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust was “different from how the Jews tell it.”

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