Posted: April 1, 2002
"Facts the Government and Media Don't Want You To Know," the conspiratorially anti-Jewish and racist booklet distributed widely by the white supremacist World Church of the Creator (WCOTC), has a new cover: a picture of the of the burning World Trade Center towers with a Star of David emblazoned across it.
|Cover illustration of racist booklet blaming Jews for 9/11 attacks.
WCOTC leader Matt Hale recently announced a "Creator Spring Offensive," during which the group aims to distribute 100,000 copies of the 32-page document on driveways, lawns and doorsteps nationwide within six months. Hale encourages "Creators" to purchase any amount - from 1,000 copies for $100 down to 200 copies for $20, the minimum order.
These distribution blitzes are a common tactic for WCOTC and are typically promoted in honor of white supremacist dates or birthdays - such as Hale's or that of deceased WCOTC founder Ben Klassen.
So far, the group is targeting Salt Lake City, Utah, claiming that its heavily Mormon population has historically been "sympathetic" to white racism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as the Mormon Church is formally known, has emphatically rejected this inference as "outrageous" and calls the theory that one race is superior both "abhorrent and tragic."
This is only the latest in a long string of attempts by Hale and other white supremacists since September 11, to blame Jews, Israel and U.S. aid to Israel for the terrorist attacks. Hale wasted no time, issuing a press release shortly after the attacks, under the headline "PRO-ISRAEL POLICY COSTS THOUSANDS OF LIVES TODAY." The release, calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel and the "liberation" of the U.S. from "the manipulations of the Jews that have had such terrible consequences," set the tone for Hale's subsequent actions and rhetoric.
He urged followers to be as active as possible in spreading his message, calling for a "fervent and immediate response." His followers did respond: Within a week of the attacks, they had distributed fliers in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring the slogan, "Let's stop being human shields for Israel," and urging Americans to "find a nationalistic government that will look after their interests and not the interests of the Jews." Members in Spokane, Washington, distributed the same fliers.
Since that time, Hale has led demonstrations in his hometown of East Peoria, Illinois, in which he and followers displayed signs with messages such as "America Before Israel" and "Arabs & Jews Get Out." He also continues to make outrageous accusations, such as that the war in Afghanistan is for the benefit of the Jews and that "this Jewish-dominated [U.S.] government…is quite willing to force non-Jewish Americans to become human shields."
Just a few weeks ago, he asserted that "The 'war on terrorism' is a phony war designed to take the minds of the people here at home off the real problems and destroy the enemies of the corrupt United States Government and illegitimate Israeli state." Regarding the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of Pakistani militants, he wrote, "We couldn't care less about the death of this Jew who along with the rest of his parasitic race are clearly a form of vermin far more dangerous in fact than the kind that run on four legs..."