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“Antisemitism is always projection,” writes antisemitism expert @DavidHirsh. “If you want to know what antisemites dream about, listen carefully to what they accuse Jews of doing.” Here’s how that played out in the USSR. THREAD:
The Soviet propaganda machine cast Jews, er “Zionists” as the villains of a global fight between the forces of good, represented by the Soviets and international socialism, and the forces of evil, represented by the forces of Zionism.
Zionism, so the narrative went, was an imperialistic force preventing the freedom of colonized people worldwide. In reality, the USSR maintained an empire that spanned fully 1/6 of the earth’s land surface, brutally suppressing national movements for independence.
The Soviets branded Zionism a form of racism, an idea they successfully enshrined in UN resolution 3379 (later reversed). Yet the USSR enacted blatantly racist policies, criminalizing indigenous languages and cultures, and subjecting national groups to “Russification.”
Soviets accused Zionists of perpetrating a genocide. This too was projection as it was the Soviets, under Stalin, who created a famine to starve millions of Ukrainians in what came to be known as genocide of Holodomor.

(caption: “stop the [Zionist] genocide in Lebanon”)
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