Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 10 Years Later
Posted: August 26, 2011
In the ten years since the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks have become an entrenched propaganda industry. Such theories typically attempt to place blame for the attacks on sources other than Al Qaeda, such as the U.S. government. One prominent and lasting subset of such 9/11 conspiracy theories consists of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that promote the notion that Israel and/or American Jewish officials were involved in planning and executing the attacks. The anti-Semitic faction of "9/11 truthers" is only a part of the so-called "9/11truth movement," yet it is vocal and pervasive, particularly on the Internet. A new chorus of voices—who claim not to be anti-Jewish but simply anti-Zionist--have become the most popular promoters of these ideas.
The goal of the anti-Semitic contingent of the "9/11 "truth movement" is to convince the public that American and/or Israeli Jews were the only ones who had the "motive, means, and opportunity" to carry out the attacks. Blaming Jews for manipulating world events for their own benefit is not new -- it is at the very root of ideological anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories are a continuation of age-old allegations that a Jewish cabal plots deceitful, sinister actions in order to gain or maintain power.
The most prominent promoters of these anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are today less often white supremacists and right-wing anti-Semites and more commonly members of a group of anti-Israel conspiracy theorists who see the 9/11 attacks as one of a series of "false flag" operations that Israel has carried out to create a war against its Muslim enemies.
To read the extensive version of this report, see: Decade of Deceit: Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 10 Years Later