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Dutch Public Broadcaster Calls Soros ‘A Jew With Tentacles’

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Holland’s main public broadcaster referred to George Soros as “The Jew Soros [who] supports organizations openly critical of governments and has tentacles” in American politics.

The assertion was removed from an online article following an outcry on social media.

The text, which critics said is reminiscent of 1930s propaganda, was removed following complaints from an online article published by the NOS broadcaster on Tuesday evening about an explosive device that was found near the New York home of Soros, a Hungary-born liberal billionaire who is the target of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the far right and far left. It was found in the home’s mail box and he was not home at the time.

Yoeri Albrecht, the director of the De Balie events venue, which hosts prestigious political debates and events, wrote on Twitter: “Has NOS hired someone from Der Sturmer?” – a reference to the pro-Nazi German weekly whose trademark was vicious and dehumanizing anti-Semitic propaganda. “How dare a Jew criticize government like that,” Albrecht added sarcastically.

Ronny Naftaniel, the executive vice chair of CEJI, a Brussels-based Jewish organization promoting tolerance through education, wrote: “The words ‘the Jew Soros’ combined with ‘tentacles’ are wholly anti-Semitic. This defies belief.”

NOS reacted to the criticism on Twitter, saying: “An earlier version of this article about George Soros contained unfortunate formulations.”

In a statement, NOS called the language it used to describe Soros “careless and incorrect.” Editor-in-chief Marcel Gelauff told the NRC daily that it was “absurd” and “wrong,” and that it was meant to show how Soros’ critics “frame” him.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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