Financial Crisis Sparks Wave of Internet Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Posted: October 2, 2008
Updated: October 24, 2008
Some posts on Yahoo! Finance and other Web sites promote conspiracy theories that blame Jews for catastrophic world events, and tie Jewish involvement in the financial crisis to involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
9/11 attacks and economic crisis part of a Jewish "plot"
In a September 2008 thread entitled, "Republican's... Divorce Yourselves, "dr.law70" wrote, "Well, the Zionists did 9/11 too...but they didn't make sure EVERY jew knew not to go to work/ WTC's that day...only the most powerful-connected 50% were explicitly told an 'event' was planned there that day…"
That same month, "Cheifmate" commented:
That's how they work [sic] they short the stock all the way making billions and then cover right it [sic] up sell and then tax payers to the rescue and it is true all those institutions are ran by jews, and yes i heard about those isrealies [sic] video taping before the plane hits from buildings across the street. but i thought they were in custody, i also read that alot [sic] of jews that work at the world trade center didn't show up for work that morning….
A September 2008 article entitled "Taxpayers Forced to Bailout Zionist Gangsters; The Financial Crisis on Wall Street & The Gang of Zionists Behind 9-11," by anti-Semite Christopher Bollyn appeared on numerous conspiracy-oriented Web sites, blogs and on-line discussion groups. Bollyn is a former writer for the American Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper.
He asserted that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who is Jewish, is orchestrating the bail-out of companies owned by some "Zionist gangsters" complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Bollyn claimed that Maurice Greenberg, AIG former chairman and CEO, was "one of the key individuals in the Zionists criminal network behind 9/11."