Fake Jews

Among the litany of tropes espoused by antisemites is the claim that modern Jews are "imposters" or "fake," and have no relationship with the Israelites described in the Bible. A foundational theory to justify this allegation states that modern Jews descended from an Eastern European people known as the Khazars—a group who allegedly converted to Judaism in the eighth century—rather than from ancient Israelites. Many proponents of the "fake Jews" narrative believe that modern Jews are part of a global conspiracy to oppress non-Jews. This "fake Jews" narrative is incorporated into the worldview of a spectrum of extremists and antisemitic religious groups, from the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement to the Nation of Islam to the Christian Identity Movement.

This database provides an overview of many of the terms and individuals used by or associated with movements and groups that subscribe to and/or promote extremist or hateful ideologies.