The leader of Peru’s far-right political group, which is currently attempting to gather enough signatures to be registered as a political party, said he seeks to expel the country’s small Jewish population because “they control the global economy.”
Martin Quispe Mayta, the leader of the Andean Peru National Socialism movement, is a self-proclaimed admirer of Adolf Hitler whose office is adorned with portraits of the Nazi dictator as well as well as a copy of the infamous Mein Kampf and a large flag bearing a symbol that looks suspiciously like a swastika, The Guardian reported.
Mayta, who drew his inspiration from Hitler’s Nazi ideology as well as Henry Ford’s anti-Semitic book, "The International Jew," further claims that the leader of Spain’s brutal conquest of Peru, Francisco Pizarro, was a Jew.
"The Jew Pizarro and his band of genocidal Jews killed millions of native Peruvians in their mission to possess our gold," he told The Guardian.
There are only about 5,000 Jews in Peru, of a population of nearly 30 million people.
In a country whose political and economic power remains largely in the hands of a white elite minority, with indigenous Peruvians at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale, it is the Jews who are, once again, blamed for the country’s many grievances.
The Jewish Association of Peru said in a statement to The Guardian that it rejected Maytam's "open expression of anti-Semitic racism" and had "appealed to authorities to take the necessary measures to halt the incitement to racial and religious hatred".