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Jewish conspiracy, Moldovan-style

28 July 2009

Moldova's National Liberal Party has pulled out of tomorrow's Parliamentary Elections, fearing that they will not pass the election threshold necessary to win seats. When announcing this decision, the NLP Chairwoman Vitalia Pavlicenco warned of dark forces trying to manipulate the vote:

At the same news conference, Vitalia Pavlicenco warned the electoral contenders and the society about the necessity of supervising the ballots. “It is said that a large number of ballots might be printed in a foreign country, probably Israel, and be then mixed with the ballots printed in Moldova. With the help of advanced technology, the voter’s stamp from ballots could be erased and put in front of another election runner,” Pavlicenco said. Members of the PNL call upon the security bodies of Moldova and the embassies to check the given information.

The anti-discrimination network I CARE (Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe) has more background about this unusual variant of a very old idea:

Vitalia Pavlicenco, the president of the National-Liberal Party of Moldova and vice-president of the US-based Romanian World Council, during the press-conference last week, stated that she is well aware that the next Parliamentary elections on 29 July, will be falsified by the Moldovan government with the help of Israel. Vitalia Pavlicenco stated on the Internet TV journaltv.md, that the election bulletins with a special stamp "Votat" (Voted) will be prepared and printed by the special high tech machines in Israel. Surprisingly, this antisemitic claim was not condemned by other politicians, journalists, NGOs or authorities, but, moreover, enthusiastically supported by some of them. On 23 July, the leaders of centre-right "Our Moldova" Alliance stated during the press-conference that hundreds of thousands of election bulletins will be fabricated and printed in Israel and transported to Moldova on election night. On the same date, one of the leading Moldovan news web-sites unimedia.md, which supports Moldova's Liberal parties, explored the idea by publishing an antisemitic article stressing Jewish links with secret societies. In the words of its author, "Jews are involved in secret societies such as, for example, Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), the Council în Foreign Relations (CFR), the Bilderbergers, Trilaterals, the Zionists, Freemasonry, Bolshevism-Rosicrucianism, the Order of St. John of, Jerusalem, Club of Rome, the German Marshall Fund, the Cini Foundation, the Round Table, the Fabianists, the Venetian Black Nobility, the Mont Pelerin Society, Hellfire Clubs".

Antisemitic conspiracy theories come in all different shapes and sizes: there is usually one to fit the predicament of just about anybody needing to explain why events have not panned out how they expected, or to distract attention from their more mundane troubles. And it isn't just American politics that Jews get accused of controlling.

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