A YouTuber running for UKIP in the upcoming European elections has said that Jews must “drop identity politics” over the Holocaust.
Carl Benjamin, who uses the moniker Sargon of Akkad, has employed racial and homophobic slurs in YouTube videos, including antisemitic tropes, as reported by Buzzfeed News.
At a panel event in New York in 2018, Benjamin said: “Jewish people, unfortunately for them, have got to drop the identity politics. I’m sorry about the Holocaust but I don’t give a s***. I’m sorry.”
The remark prompted applause from members of the audience.
He added: “Jewish people do very well in our societies. That’s to their credit, they work hard. It’s not that this is illegitimately gained.
“But then, I can see why people are resentful that successful, rich, well-off people, who are well connected, who are socially very advanced, are then playing the game of identity politics as well.”
Addressing the antisemitism row in Labour, he said: “I am loathe to defend a socialist like Jeremy Corbyn but he didn’t deserve the absolute pasting he got in my country.”
Carl Benjamin and Ukip has been contacted for comment.