A Capitol Police officer was suspended after a Hill staffer spotted a printout of anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion at a checkpoint

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A U.S. Capitol Police officer wears a mourning band over his badge following a police procession of the hearse carrying the casket of Brian Sicknick, U.S. Capitol Police Officer who died from injuries following the U.S. Capitol building siege on Wednesday, on January 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • A Capitol Police officer appeared to have a copy of the Protocols of Elders of Zion at a checkpoint.
  • A concerned congressional aide snapped a photo, and the officer is being investigated.
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a centuries-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
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A Capitol Police officer was suspended on Monday after a Capitol Hill staffer photographed a printed copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion at a security checkpoint inside Congress, according to The Washington Post.

A congressional aide spotted the infamous anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on the desk near a checkpoint, photographed the document and shared it with The Post. The checkpoint was near a 24-hour entrance of the Longworth House Office Building.

Acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman told The Post that the relevant officer was suspended pending an investigation.

“We take all allegations of inappropriate behavior seriously,” Pittman said. “Once this matter was brought to my attention, I immediately ordered the officer to be suspended until the Office of Professional Responsibility can thoroughly investigate.”

The House staff member who shared the photograph requested anonymity from The Post for fear of reprisal and said they were “extremely rattled” upon discovering the document out in the open.

According to the report, a date stamp on the document showed that it was printed in January 2019.

The staffer told The Post that in the wake of the January 6 insurrection, where rioters were photographed wearing and holding anti-Semitic imagery, they felt compelled to report what they saw.

In February, Capitol Police announced that they were investigating 35 officers for actions related to the insurrection, and six were suspended.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a centuries-old conspiracy theory targeting Jewish people born in Imperial Russia and claims to detail a meeting of all-powerful Jewish elders who create a plan for world control.

The text, though fraudulent, was a centerpiece to anti-Semitic ideology in Nazi Germany and has been routinely advanced by white-supremacist groups in the US since the 1920s, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

According to The Post, the Capitol Police officer’s copy of the Elders of Zion appeared to be sourced from a far-right and anti-Semitic Australian website called the Bible Believers Church.

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Frontier Airlines canceled a flight after booting a group of maskless passengers. Now it’s facing claims of anti-Semitism.

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A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321.

Frontier Airlines is facing claims of anti-Semitism after a routine flight from Miami to New York City was canceled on Sunday due to maskless passengers, the New York Times is reporting. 

Passengers had boarded flight 2878 from Miami International Airport to LaGuardia Airport and were preparing for the three-hour trip north when a confrontation erupted between a group of Hasidic Jewish passengers and crew members that resulted in the group’s ejection from the flight. 

“Multiple people, including several adults, were asked repeatedly to wear their masks and refused to do so,” Frontier spokesperson Jennifer De La Cruz told Insider. “Based on the continued refusal to comply with the federal mask mandate, refusal to disembark the aircraft and aggression towards the flight crew, local law enforcement was engaged. The flight was ultimately canceled.”

Martin Joseph, a member of the 21-person group, denied the airline’s account and claims the issue initially stemmed from his 15-month-old child not wearing a mask while eating, he told the Times. After members of Joseph’s group defended the child, citing the federal government’s exemption for children under two, his family and nearby couples were removed from the flight, 

“We understand that the mask has to be worn, and everybody has to wear a mask and that’s the law,” Joseph told the Times. 

Frontier has required passengers to wear masks and undergo a temperature screening before boarding since the spring. The mask rule was later reinforced by executive action from President Joe Biden in January and specifically exempted children under two years of age

Frontier’s policy echoes the government policy but the airline is holding firm on its account that the escalation came as a result of adults not wearing masks and not just the 15-month-old child. 

“The issue did not stem from a child under two,” Frontier said in a tweet that has since received over 3,000 replies at the time of writing. 

Other passengers say that Joseph’s group had been wearing masks during their interactions with the crew, who had reportedly high-fived each other after removing the group from the plane, spurring claims of anti-Semitism. One passenger screamed, “this is Nazi Germany,” as the passengers were deplaning, according to a video posted to Twitter by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council. 

The Anti-Defamation League of New York is calling for an investigation into the incident.

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