Slovenian PM publishes tweet with antisemitic connotations

The European Union reiterated that antisemitism has no place in the EU after Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša posted an image on Twitter that made implicit reference to antisemitic conspiracy myths.

The image in question (below), referring to the Hungarian-American financier George Soros, who is Jewish, seems to insinuate that a Jew is some type of powerful puppet master, controlling politicians and exercising undue influence.

This kind of imagery has very serious historic antisemitic connotations which have been used in the past to justify attacks against Jews.

“Social media should be a place for constructive and respectful debate. It should not be a place for personal attacks against individuals, be it private or public figures,” the European Commission’s spokesperson stated.

“Antisemitism has no place in the European Union…It presents a threat not only to Jewish communities but to an open and diverse society.”

Janša made his comments on Twitter during a visit to Slovenia by a European Parliament delegation assessing press freedom and the rule of law in the country.

The EJC also criticised Janša’s tweet and called on the Slovenian PM to apologise.

Slovenia currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Subscribe to the EJC newsletter

Get the EJC newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

browse by community