Updated: October 24, 2008
Articles being posted to white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and conspiracy-oriented sites, which blame Jewish greed and self-interest for the economic crisis, are winding up on a wide range of Web site, blogs and even on meet-up groups, thus furthering the spread of anti-Semitism in cyberspace. Claims from one anti-Semitic article about Jews allegedly sending money from their failing companies to Israel, originally posted on a U.S.-based extremist site, has even made its way to the commentary pages of a mainstream newspaper in Europe.
Conspiracy theory about "hiding" money in Israel
TBR News, an anti-Semitic site sponsored by The Barnes Review, a Washington, DC.-based Holocaust denial publication, posted an article in early October 2008 falsely claiming that American businesses sent $400 billion to Israeli banks during the current economic crisis. Under a deceptive headline, "The Voice of the White House," and masquerading as a genuine news report, the article stated that "it is not necessary to mention that the senders are all Jewish" and "that Israeli-oriented economic criminals will use the Jewish state as a refuge."
To "prove" this blatantly anti-Semitic claim, this article was juxtaposed with an actual article from the Bloomberg.com Web site stating that Lehman Brothers lost more than $400 billion in assets before declaring bankruptcy. This claim from TBR News has now circulated on various sites on the Internet, including the comments section for articles on the Web site of a mainstream British newspaper, The Independent.
One visitor to the comments section, identifying himself as "Errol Flynn," responded to an article in the paper about the financial crisis by referring to the TBR News claim about the alleged money transfer to Israel by American businesses. Flynn indicated that the information had come from an "Internet source, giving reliable info in the past." That comment has since been removed from the newspaper's Web site.
Conjuring up myths about Jewish banking families
Brother Nathanael, a rabidly anti-Semitic preacher who describes himself as a Jewish convert to Greek Orthodoxy, posted an article, "Jewish Bankers at War," in October 2008 on his anti-Semitic Web site Real Jew News. In the article, he wrote that Henry Paulson, the Secretary of the Treasury, and other government officials are "puppets of the Jews." He also alleged that the financial crisis might be a deliberate Jewish "war strategy."
This followed other anti-Semitic articles related to the financial crisis that Brother Nathanael has recently written and posted to his Web site, including "Is the Bailout a Rothschild Trick?" In that article, he alleged, "Some are blaming the mortgage lenders, legislators, and investment bankers for the current crisis. This is a Rothschild lie spun to perfection by the Jewish occupied press. But the ones behind the lie are the culprits — the Rothschilds, their stooge, Ben Shalom Bernanke, & their propaganda arm, the Jewish occupied mainstream press." Brother Nathanael's articles have been posted on Rense.com, a conspiracy-oriented Web site known for articles promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes and Holocaust denial.
American Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper, has focused a great deal of its attention of late on the financial crisis. In its September 29, 2008 issue (appearing both in print and online), Willis Carto, a well-known anti-Semite and Holocaust denier who publishes the paper, alleged that the "Federal Reserve System" is privately owned and designed to funnel wealth to its owners. Its creation, he wrote, was the result of an "evil conspiracy" of bankers, and he called it a "Rothschild bank." The Rothschilds, an old European Jewish banking family, have frequently been invoked over the last 100 years by anti-Semites who charge that Jews control world financial markets.
Blaming same Jews for 9/11 attacks and economic crisis
In September 2008, an 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 also appeared on Rense.com. Bollyn is a former writer for the American Free Press.
Bollyn asserted that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a Jew, is orchestrating the bail-out of companies owned by some "Zionist gangsters" complicit in the 9/11 attacks. He claimed that Maurice Greenberg, AIG former chairman and CEO, was "one of the key individuals in the Zionists criminal network behind 9/11." To Bollyn, the current fiscal crisis and the 9/11 attacks were both part of a vast Jewish conspiracy to control "a nation of 300 million non-Jews."
Since its appearance on Rense, Bollyn's article has been reposted in dozens of blogs and forums across the Internet, including Google groups and Yahoo groups, often accompanied by comments like "How dare the f--king government use our money to protect greedy plunderers."