Impeachment witness casts anti-Soros narrative as modern ‘Protocols’
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Impeachment witness casts anti-Soros narrative as modern ‘Protocols’

Former White House official Fiona Hill tells Congress attacks on Jewish philanthropist are new version of anti-Semitic ‘Elders of Zion’ libel

Fiona Hill, the National Security Councils former senior director for Europe and Russia testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC.   (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)
Fiona Hill, the National Security Councils former senior director for Europe and Russia testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

JTA — Fiona Hill, a former White House senior staffer providing key testimony in congressional hearings to impeach President Donald Trump, likened a right-wing narrative casting liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros as all-controlling to a notorious anti-Semitic forgery.

The narrative that Soros is behind an array of evildoings “is the new Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Hill said Thursday in hearings. “It’s an absolute outrage.”

Soros has become a bugbear for some right-wingers, who blame his liberal philanthropy for a number of ills, citing little evidence. Trump himself last year blamed Soros for an “invasion” of Central American migrants that never materialized.

Hill, in closed testimony last month, had described the attacks as “anti-Semitic” and needing repudiation by Republicans. Her evident frustration and horror at the specious Soros-related attacks on her and colleagues, including the former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, was one of many dramatic moments in the hearings, which wrapped up Thursday.

In this photo from January 26, 2013, George Soros attends the World Economic Forum at the Swiss resort of Davos. (Eric Piermont/AFP)

Hill explained the background to the “Protocols,” a czarist forgery from the late 19th century casting Jews as all-controlling and evil that has been cited multiple times by anti-Semites.

“This is the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history,” she said.

Hill, who until August was Trump’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, testified in an impeachment query aimed at ascertaining whether Trump solicited a bribe from Ukraine when he asked that government to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, while he withheld defense assistance from the country for a period.

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