Antisemitic conspiracy theories about Keir Starmer’s wife spread online

Antisemitic conspiracy theories about Keir Starmer’s wife spread online
Antisemitic conspiracy theories about Keir Starmer’s wife spread online

Following Labour’s victory in the British general election on Thursday, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the wife of new Prime Minister Keir Starmer have spread online.

Anti-Semites pointed to Victoria Starmer’s Jewish faith as evidence for a theory of a wider conspiracy in which Jews control the world through access to world leaders.

Pro-Assad commentator Maram Susli, also known as Syrian Girl Online, claimed that Starmer’s marriage was one of many that were part of “an Israeli infiltration agenda” and that it was “not anti-Semitic to point out.”

“Britain’s new leader Keir Starmer is married to a Jewish woman. (US Vice President) Kamala Harris is married to a Jewish man. (US President Joe) Biden’s son is married to a Jewish woman. (Former US President) Donald Trump’s daughter is married to a Jewish man. (Former US Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton’s daughter is married to a Jewish man. How many Jews are there in the world? I don’t believe it when they say 15 million since the 1950s,” Susli told her 400,000-plus X followers on Friday in response to a Jerusalem Post article about Victoria Starmer.

“All of these individuals are Zionists. (Trump’s son-in-law) Jared Kushner is literally in bed with (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

Labour leader and incoming Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria, Lady Starmer greet supporters as they enter 10 Downing Street following Labour’s landslide election victory on July 5, 2024 in London, England. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

‘Israel takes control’

On Friday, social media account Megatron reported that Israel is taking over the United Kingdom and wants to bring other European countries under its control.

“The entire political elite in the United States is controlled by Israel. Mexican President (elect) Claudia Sheinbaum (Pardo) is Jewish. Argentine President (Javier) Milei spat out his Christian faith and became Jewish. (Jair) Bolsonaro, the leader of the opposition in Brazil, kisses the Israeli flag wherever he goes and probably renounces his Christian faith and becomes Jewish. The First Lady of Britain is now Jewish and the new Prime Minister practices Judaism.

The Dutch opposition leader, Geert Wilders, is completely controlled and subordinate to Israel, he probably already practices Judaism. Germany has introduced a law where you have to submit to Israel and declare that you support them in their child murder in order to get German citizenship. (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky, who caused the war in Ukraine, is a Jew,” the X account with more than 300,000 followers said on Saturday. “Directly or indirectly, a small apartheid state in the Middle East rules over a large number of large and influential states. Not to mention the boards of the largest companies in the world.”

Anti-Semitic influencer Dr. Anastasia Maria Loupis, who has more than a million followers on X, said on Friday that Jews won the British election, sharing a photo of Starmer wearing a yarmulke and declaring that “the United Kingdom has fallen.”

Smaller social media accounts spread the conspiracy theories on X and other platforms.

Victoria Starmer comes from a Jewish family in north London. Her father is of Polish Jewish descent and her mother is a convert. Although Starmer is an atheist, his family are members of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John’s Wood, London, and have said that their teenage children are learning about their heritage.

The UK’s new leader has previously said his family keeps a number of Shabbat traditions, such as performing kiddush and eating challah, and told Virgin Radio last Monday that he had long set aside Friday evenings for family time. The statement had prompted attacks from the Conservative Party, which claimed Starmer would finish work at 6pm every day and be a “part-time prime minister”.

As part of the Labour campaign, supporters stressed that Starmer had purged the movement of the anti-Semitism that plagued it during the leadership of former leader Jeremy Corbyn.