Monday, December 20, 2021

Hasidic doctor spouts conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine sentiment in video

 The Hasidic doctor behind an unsubstantiated treatment for coronavirus espoused anti-vaccine and conspiracist views in a video circulating on WhatsApp among Haredi, or Ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Yitzhak, the rabbi who interviewed Zelenko, has made a number of unsubstantiated claims and predictions over the course of his career, including one about an impending global conflict in 2014 that was supposed to wipe out non-Jews.

Zelenko’s conspiracy theory about vaccines is just one spreading among a population especially prone to disinformation after last week’s Capitol siege. In a Haredi WhatsApp channel on Monday, users traded tips about switching messaging applications and wrapping phones in aluminum foil to avoid shutdowns and surveillance, and selling

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