Top Puerto Rican Newspaper Blames ‘the Jew’ for Disaster Relief Failures

A local resident cleans debris near his damaged home in an area without electricity in San Isidro, Puerto Rico

A local resident cleans debris near his damaged home in an area without electricity in San Isidro, Puerto Rico / Getty Images

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A column published by Puerto Rico's most circulated newspaper said disaster relief decisions on the island are controlled "behind closed doors" by "the Jews."

Wilda Rodriguez, a columnist for San Juan's El Nuevo Dia, writes in the piece "What does ‘the Jew' want with the colony?" that "the Jews" are the "secret structure that rules the United States … behind closed doors."

"We need to know who is being called on to make the decisions," Rodriquez wrote, according to a Washington Free Beacon translation. "I am speaking here of the secret structure that controls the United States exclusively for the elite."

"Only behind closed doors do the most elite politicians speak of the power of the American people as a parallel government organized by the forces of wealth and violence (the war machine) from Wall Street," Rodriguez wrote. "It is not Congress. The Congress will in the end do what ‘the Jew' wants."

"So what does ‘the Jew' want with the colony?" she wrote. "That is the question."

Statements by both the paper and Rodriquez have been added to the top of the piece, which was first noted by the Forward.

Rodriquez says she is "sorry her writing is being interpreted as anti-Semitic," adding that her "intention was not to offend, but to add to the public conversation."

She argues in her piece that recognizing "the Jew" as the "prototype of true power" with control over the United States should not be offensive.

"For Israelis recognizing Jewish power over the United States is not offensive," she writes. "It is a victory of the Jewish people."

The paper apologized for the piece, which is still posted online, and said it does not "promote anti-Semitism."

Brent Scher   Email Brent | Full Bio | RSS
Brent Scher is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied foreign affairs and politics.

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