YouTube Channel on Billionaire Lifestyle Uses Antisemitic ‘Stock Footage’
Luxury Zone is a Youtube Channel with approximately 165,000 subscribers, which “shares everything about Luxury and help you experience the billionaire lifestyle.”
The following scene inexplicably appears in a video of theirs about the most heavily guarded billionaires in the world, during the segment on Jeff Bezos:
Note that the man on the right is wearing a Jewish tallit, with a havdalah set clearly visible in the background. He is being handed Israeli shekels (neither Bezos nor the guy in charge Bezos’ security, Gavin de Becker, are even Jewish, let alone religious Jews).
Luxury Zone seem rather fond of this footage, given it appears also in a video titled How Much Do The Richest Billionaires Pay in Taxes?
For all I know, it appears in even more of their videos.
I have some questions. Firstly, is Luxury Zone deliberately perpetuating the antisemitic stereotype of the rich Jew, or did they simply find this footage somewhere and not really pay attention to the things I pointed out? I find it hard to believe the latter, because there is plenty of other stock footage they could have used instead.
Secondly, what is the origin of this footage? Whoever created it is undoubtedly trying to reinforce antisemitic stereotypes.
Hat tip: Jeremy
Update: Julie Nathan, Research Director at Executive Council of Australian Jewry – ECAJ, tells me that clip has been used in other videos, including one in Australia accusing the Liberal Party of being corrupt. The ECAJ has since had them edit out that part:
It originates in a series of pro-Jewish videos, showcasing Jewish life, with this clip showing giving tzedakah (charity).