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Five Years Later, Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Live On

New York, NY, September 7, 2006 … Five years after the devastating September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, conspiracy theories about Jewish or Israeli involvement in the events of that day continue to reverberate on the Internet, in publications, books and videos and have become "a core part of the belief system of anti-Semites and millions of others around the world," according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

"When we released our first report on 9/11 conspiracy theories, we said then that this 'big lie' was likely to form the basis of a new anti-Semitic canard that would linger for decades to come," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "We had hoped that our prediction would be wrong.  Rather than dying away in the dustbins of history, 9/11 conspiracy theories have become a core part of the belief system of anti-Semites and millions of others around the world."

An updated report on 9/11 conspiracy theories shows how a broad array of voices on both the extreme left and right have embraced 9/11 conspiracy theories in an effort to promote a worldview with anti-Semitism at its core.

The ADL report says that soon after the attacks, a number of conspiracy theorists blamed the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad for the Israeli government for the attacks.  Five years later, those theories are even more widespread and some have taken their anti-Semitic allegations even farther by claiming that it was specifically Jewish members of the Bush Administration who directed the government in planning the attacks for the benefit of Israel.

Some examples of those contributing to the spread of anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracies:

  • Christopher Bollyn, a writer for the conspiracy-oriented newspaper "American Free Press," a leading source on the far-right for disseminating anti-Semitic propaganda, who has published numerous articles alleging that Jews and/or Israel had foreknowledge of 9/11.
  • David Duke, the notorious white supremacist and former Klansman, who has repeated anti-Semitic allegations on his Web site about an Israeli "spying ring" in the U.S. that was tracking the 9/11 hijackers' every move.
  • Malik Zulu Shabazz, leader of the anti-Semitic and racist New Black Panther Party, who has declared that Jews "got their people out" on 9/11.
  • Arab and Muslim media, which have reiterated conspiracy theories blaming both the U.S. government, as well as Israel and/or Jews for the 9/11 attacks.

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9/11 Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Still Abound

9/11 Conspiracy Theories Take Root in Arab/Muslim World
By Abraham H. Foxman,
ADL National Director

Conspiracy Theories About Jews and 9/11 Cause Dangerous Mutations in Global Anti-Semitism (9/2/03)
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