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American Jewish Committee calls for action on QAnon conspiracy

American Jewish Committee (AJC), in a new position paper on QAnon, is urging government and civil society to strongly respond to the group's antisemitic pronouncements and conspiracy theories.

The committee is calling for US President Donald Trump to condemn the group, along with government officials and office holders. They are also calling on the FBI to continue its investigation of the group, and for theadoption of bipartisan H. Res. 1094, "Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes," introduced by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA).  

"In a time of rising antisemitism and growing distrust and division in the United States, the QAnon worldview must be condemned in the strongest terms," said Holly Huffnagle, AJC U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, who wrote the AJC position paper. "Antisemitic conspiracy theories about Jewish elites, globalists, and bankers are part and parcel of the QAnon belief system."

Founded in 2017, QAnon is a loosely organised, far-right network of people who believe the world is controlled by a satanic cabal of paedophiles and cannibals, made up of politicians (mostly Democrats), mainstream media, journalists, and Hollywood entertainers. This cabal is accused of controlling a "deep-state" government whose purpose is to undermine and attack President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Donald Trump, as well as First Lady Melania and other members of the Trump family, have been criticised for providing tacit support for the conspiracies in recent weeks and failing to condemn it. Celebrities like James Woods and Rosanne Barr have also been criticised for spreading elements of the conspiracy online. 

"If we are serious about rebuilding trust and transparency in our government and our democracy, fighting antisemitism and hate, and preventing the spread of misinformation and lies, then we must insist there is no place for QAnon in America or for QAnon followers to gain a foothold beyond the societal fringe," states the AJC position paper.

The nebulous group has gained support among some elected officials and candidates running for political office. Facebook and Twitter recently banned QAnon. 

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