While antisemitism of the past was focused on racial and cultural stereotypes towards both the Jewish culture and the religion, modern antisemitism is the focused on the Jewish people in terms of possessing great amounts of power and influence, especially through the media. Conspiratorial antisemitism is especially prevalent during times of political unrest. This is because such unrest tends to form from both the uncertainty of politics and the feeling of a lack of control over politics.
German journalist Thomas Jaecker wrote a book discussing conspiracist antisemitism in left-wing, right-wing, and mainstream media in Germany with special focus on antisemitic conspiracy theories centered on three issues: the September 11 attacks, the 2002 battle of the town of Jenin in Palestine, and the war in Iraq. In explaining how conspiratorial antisemitism gained traction, Jaecker concluded that conspiratorial antisemitism has become more prevalent now than at any time during World War 2. Jaecker explains that this is due to the central claim that since the Holocaust, the Jewish people have managed to garner large sums of money from the German people in the form of reparation payments. The reparation payments are central to the conspiratorial aspect of antisemitism. The claim of Jewish people amassing a fortune at the German people’s expense in reparations manages to gain traction in the sense that it seeks to claim that Jewish people have a vengeful streak by nature (derived from the Old Testament) and that the Jewish people are a group of international conspirators. By acting as a group, the Jewish people are supposedly working to keep Germany in a state of darkness by keeping Auschwitz and other Holocaust atrocities in the media. In the eyes of conspiratorial anti-Semitisms, keeping the Holocaust in the media keeps Germany from returning to a normal state. Jewish people operating in groups is a central theme in conspiratorial antisemitism. In regard to 9/11 and the 2002 battle of Jenin, many anti-Semitists regard the notion that Jews stick together as the main argument towards conspiracy theories related to these events as well as many others. In the weeks leading up to the September 11 attacks, American intelligence services had arrested 200 Israelis. These arrests were then followed by allegations that Israel had almost complete access to all phone conversations to and from the Unites States. Both themes reappeared in 2002 with the battle of Jenin, where the number of Palestinian civilians that died were greatly exaggerated, and the start of the ongoing war in Iraq.