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April 7, 2016 62

Alison Weir’s New Billboard Campaign Promotes USS Liberty Conspiracies

Ali­son Weir, the direc­tor of the anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions If Amer­i­cans Knew and the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, is behind a series of bill­boards that read “Help the USS Lib­erty Sur­vivors Attacked by Israel.”

Billboard in Pennsylvania

Bill­board in Pennsylvania

The bill­boards, which have appeared so far in Cal­i­for­nia, Con­necti­cut, Mass­a­chu­setts, North Car­olina and Penn­syl­va­nia, are “paid for by www.honorlibertyvets.org,” a web­site that pro­motes the anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­ory that Israel inten­tion­ally tar­geted a U.S. war­ship dur­ing the height of the 1967 Six-Day War. This web­site as well as the GoFundMe page rais­ing money for the bill­boards are linked to anti-Israel activist Ali­son Weir.

The tragic assault by Israeli forces dur­ing the Six Day War in 1967 on an Amer­i­can ves­sel, the USS Lib­erty, has been a source of con­tro­versy and con­spir­acy the­o­ries since it occurred. Sev­eral gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tions have con­cluded that the attack, in which 34 Amer­i­can ser­vice­men were killed and many more injured, was car­ried out in error. Fur­ther­more, every piece of infor­ma­tion declas­si­fied to date has sup­ported this conclusion.

Nev­er­the­less, the Honor Lib­erty Vets web­site claims Israel had a “motive” for attack­ing the Amer­i­can ship, stat­ing “One hypoth­e­sis is that Israel intended to sink the ship (with no sur­vivors) and blame Egypt because this might have brought the United States into the 1967 war.” The site also paints Israeli inter­ests as trump­ing America’s: “No nation or peo­ple should be above the law; nor should Amer­i­can inter­ests be sub­or­di­nated to the inter­ests of any for­eign nation. Those Israelis respon­si­ble for order­ing the attack and the result­ing mur­der of Amer­i­can sailors must be held account­able for their actions.”

For Weir, and oth­ers who sub­scribe to the belief that Israel inten­tion­ally tar­geted the ship with the goal of killing Amer­i­can ser­vice­men, the inci­dent and the alleged U.S. gov­ern­ment cover-up that fol­lowed pow­er­fully demon­strate the sup­posed treach­ery and power of the Jew­ish State and its Amer­i­can sup­port­ers. The story, told from this per­spec­tive, has become a pro­pa­ganda tool to under­mine the legit­i­macy of Israel.

These the­o­ries about the USS Lib­erty fit into Weir’s world­view, in which the Jew­ish State is a vio­lent aggres­sor that cor­rupts the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal sys­tem and pre­vents crit­i­cism of its con­duct from being voiced by the main­stream media. As a result, she con­tends, Amer­i­cans are kept in the dark about how their taxes fund Israeli mis­treat­ment of Palestinians.

In Weir’s dis­cus­sions of Israel’s influ­ence, she often employs anti-Semitic imagery and por­trays Israel as a ruth­less force that con­trols Amer­i­can pol­icy through bru­tal intim­i­da­tion and decep­tion. Weir views her­self and her orga­ni­za­tions as part of a grow­ing move­ment to pro­mote U.S. inter­ests by edu­cat­ing Amer­i­cans about the vast con­spir­acy to keep the truth about Israeli prac­tices hid­den from them.

Weir’s Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an anti-U.S. aid to Israel group based in DC, pre­vi­ously employed bill­boards to dis­sem­i­nate its mes­sag­ing with a 2013 cam­paign called “Stop the Blank Check to Israel.” At least ten such ads, which read, “$8 Mil­lion a day to Israel just doesn’t make sense! STOP The Blank Check.org,” were erected in Atlanta.

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April 5, 2016 1

Anti-Immigrant Ideologue Michelle Dallacroce Calls It Quits

In an April 4th press release, vir­u­lently anti-immigrant activist Michelle Dal­lacroce has claimed that she will no longer be pub­licly active “in the polit­i­cal arena of ille­gal immi­gra­tion” and is per­ma­nently shut­ting down two anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions she founded in Arizona.

Dal­lacroce stated in her release that oth­ers within the anti-immigrant move­ment sab­o­taged her and tried to “destroy the rep­u­ta­tion” of one of her groups, the National Orga­ni­za­tion for Vic­tims of Ille­gal Alien Crime (NOVIAC), and this was why she was leaving.

Michelle Dallacroce twitter

Michelle Dal­lacroce

How­ever, Dallacroce’s rea­son for call­ing it quits may have more to do with how she tried but failed to upstage another anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion that cov­ered the same ground as NOVIAC. In other words, she may have lost an anti-immigrant group turf war.

Dal­lacroce founded NOVIAC in Feb­ru­ary 2016. Pre­vi­ously, she was the founder and head of the so-called Moth­ers Against Ille­gal Aliens (MAIA). Her new anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion, NOVIAC, was actu­ally quite sim­i­lar in nature to a rival anti-immigrant group, The Remem­brance Project, founded by Maria Espinoza in 2009. Espinoza’s orga­ni­za­tion attracted pub­lic­ity to the anti-immigration move­ment by pro­mot­ing pro­pa­ganda about crime vic­tims allegedly killed by undoc­u­mented immi­grants. The Remem­brance Project also gained national atten­tion when pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump invited mem­bers of the group onstage at one of his cam­paign ral­lies in Novem­ber 2015. The Remem­brance Project sub­se­quently helped Trump stage meet­ings with the fam­i­lies of vic­tims whose assailants were undoc­u­mented immigrants.

Dal­lacroce seemed to eye her rival’s Trump con­nec­tion envi­ously. As part of her effort to pro­mote NOVIAC, Dal­lacroce report­edly sent a set of doc­u­ments via email, snail mail and through a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Trump cam­paign out­lin­ing the goals of the orga­ni­za­tion. In one doc­u­ment, dubbed the “NOVIAC Pro­posal,” she urged the Trump cam­paign to take three steps: assign an ille­gal immi­gra­tion spokesper­son for the cam­paign; cre­ate a per­ma­nent orga­ni­za­tion called the National Orga­ni­za­tion for Vic­tims of Ille­gal Alien Crime; and develop and imple­ment a NOVIAC web­site. The packet also included a let­ter to Trump encour­ag­ing him to con­sider the pro­posal and a let­ter addressed to “all Vic­tims of Ille­gal Alien Crime” encour­ag­ing them to endorse the project as well.

Though Dal­lacroce gave credit to The Remem­brance Project for keep­ing “vic­tim family’s sto­ries” alive, she asserted that “these vic­tims’ sto­ries are too impor­tant to the fab­ric of Amer­ica to be left to grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions.” She added that NOVIAC would “legit­imize these fam­i­lies on a NATIONAL LEVEL [empha­sis in orig­i­nal] to com­pete with other nation­ally rec­og­nized victim’s organizations.”

Appar­ently, Maria Espinoza did not appre­ci­ate Dallacroce’s attempt to encroach on her orga­ni­za­tion. Accord­ing to Dal­lacroce in a Face­book post that was sub­se­quently removed, she and her sup­port­ers were blocked from The Remem­brance Project’s Face­book page in mid-March after Dal­lacroce left a com­ment and a link on the Col­orado Remem­brance Project’s Face­book page adver­tis­ing NOVIAC (how­ever, the link does not seem to have been removed). In the since-deleted Face­book post­ing, Dal­lacroce alleged that Espinoza had full knowl­edge of her “NOVIAC pro­posal” to the Trump cam­paign but that Espinoza refused to par­tic­i­pate and would “rather block, obstruct and deny access,” than work together.

In her press release about call­ing it quits, Dal­lacroce asserted that today’s anti-immigration move­ment is filled with “lies, decep­tion and manip­u­la­tion” that did not exist when she cre­ated MAIA in 2006. With­out nam­ing The Remem­brance Project, she accused other peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions of “steal­ing the intel­lec­tual prop­erty and ideas from our orga­ni­za­tion, in order to sab­o­tage my good name and to destroy the rep­u­ta­tion of the newly found [sic] orga­ni­za­tion NOVIAC.”

In real­ity, it appears that Dal­lacroce is bow­ing out of the anti-immigrant movement—at least for now—because she did not receive the sup­port she expected for NOVIAC. While it is unclear what Dal­lacroce will do next, she and Espinoza do share a com­mon thread. While their orga­ni­za­tions claim to stand up for the vic­tims of crimes, they actu­ally serve to demo­nize immi­grants and pro­vide a plat­form for bigotry.

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March 31, 2016 6

Nation of Islam Provides Platform For Anti-Semitic 9/11 Truthers

The Nation of Islam (NOI) has pub­lished a series of inter­views with anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rists to sup­port Farrakhan’s repeated claim that Jews are to blame for the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

NOI Research Group promoting on Twitter the interview with anti-Semitic 9/11 truther Christopher Bollyn

NOI Research Group pro­mot­ing on Twit­ter the inter­view with anti-Semitic 9/11 truther Christo­pher Bollyn

The NOI’s Research Group pub­lished the hate­ful inter­views on its web­site in response to ADL’s arti­cle in the Huff­in­g­ton Post Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Can­not Mean Turn­ing a Blind Eye to Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism, an answer to Rus­sell Sim­mons’ The Nation of Islam and the Anti-Defamation League—Now is the Time to Mend Fences.

In “9/11 Expert Responds To ADL Attack On Min­is­ter Far­rakhan” (March 25), the “expert” the NOI inter­viewed to back up its hate­ful con­spir­acy the­o­ries is 9/11 truther and anti-Semite Kevin Bar­rett. Bar­rett, a for­mer instruc­tor at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison, is a colum­nist for the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today, where he has blamed Jews for the Char­lie Hebdo attack, the cre­ation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Nor­way that killed 77, the 2001 anthrax poi­son­ings, among other things all sup­pos­edly per­pe­trated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Mus­lims and sol­i­dar­ity with Israel.”

State­ments made by Bar­rett in this NOI Research Group inter­view include:

  • “The 9/11 false flag oper­a­tion was designed to defame Arabs, Pales­tini­ans, and Mus­lims in gen­eral, in ser­vice to Israel.”
  • “Israel’s Mossad…is the only intel­li­gence agency with the means, motive, and oppor­tu­nity to pull off 9/11 – a very com­plex cover-and-deception oper­a­tion that had to have been over­seen by an intel­li­gence agency.”
  • “Jew­ish Zion­ists, rang­ing from hard-line neo­cons to ‘lib­eral Zionists’…have led the cover-up of 9/11.”
  • “But Amer­i­cans would cer­tainly find a way to peace­fully put an end to the ille­git­i­mate entity [Israel] that not only attacked them on 9/11 but also has stolen tril­lions of dol­lars, dragged Amer­ica into ruinous wars, destroyed our econ­omy, and shred­ded our Constitution.”

    Farrakhan promoting the anti-Semitic interview with Kevin Barrett on Facebook

    Far­rakhan pro­mot­ing the anti-Semitic inter­view with Kevin Bar­rett on Facebook

In “Jour­nal­ist Christo­pher Bol­lyn Backs Far­rakhan On 9/11: Israel Did It!” (March 29) the NOI presents as an “expert” anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist Christo­pher Bol­lyn. Bol­lyn was one of the ear­li­est pro­mot­ers of anti-Semitic 9/11 the­o­ries blam­ing Israel and Jews for the attacks and wrote in his 2012 book that “The ‘false flag’ ter­ror­ism of 9/11 is a mon­strous Jewish-Zionist crime of our time.  The true cul­prits of this heinous crime are clearly being pro­tected by a gang of like-minded Jew­ish Zion­ists in the high­est posi­tions of the U.S. gov­ern­ment…” He has also writ­ten numer­ous other arti­cles on his web­site that accuse Jews of con­trol­ling the media and government.

Bol­lyn stated the fol­low­ing to the NOI Research Group:

  • “The best evi­dence tying Israel to the 9/11 atroc­ity is the fact that the key peo­ple involved in every aspect of the crime and the cover-up are Israelis and Zion­ists, from A to Z.”
  • “The one-hundred per­cent con­sis­tency of Zion­ists and Israelis through­out the 9/11 saga pro­vides com­pelling evi­dence that the crime is a Zionist/Israeli crime.”
  •  “…the most impor­tant thing is that we get the truth to a crit­i­cal mass of the population…This is the only way we can remove the Zion­ist crim­i­nal cabal that con­trols our gov­ern­ment and media.”

In “Scholar Backs Far­rakhan on 9/11 (March 23), the “scholar” the NOI pro­motes is James Fet­zer, one of the co-founders of Schol­ars for 9/11 Truth, an orga­ni­za­tion that is com­posed of aca­d­e­mics and oth­ers who believe that the U.S. gov­ern­ment played a role in the 9/11 attacks. Fet­zer is also a colum­nist for the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today and has writ­ten arti­cles in which he pro­motes anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy theories.

Fet­zer made the fol­low­ing state­ments in his inter­view with the NOI:

  • “The plan appears to have orig­i­nated in the fer­tile mind of Ben­jamin Netanyahu, who wanted to devise a plan to draw the United States into a war with the Arab nations that served as a counter-balance to Israel’s dom­i­na­tion of the Mid­dle East.”
  • “9/11 was brought to us com­pli­ments of the CIA, the Neo-Cons in the Depart­ment of Defense and the Mossad.”
  • “We present proof of Israeli and Zion­ist involve­ment from the secu­rity at the air­ports to the World Trade Center…and many oth­ers involved in set­ting the 9/11 stage and car­ry­ing it out.”

The idea that Jews are to blame for 9/11 is noth­ing new for Far­rakhan, who told his 2016 Sav­iours’ Day audi­ence that the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” is to blame for the Iraq War and 9/11. Dur­ing his 2015 Sav­iours’ Day remarks, Far­rakhan stated, “It is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.” The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews.

Despite Farrakhan’s decades-long his­tory of racism and anti-Semitism, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to receive sup­port from celebri­ties and elected offi­cials. Far­rakhan was also pro­vided with a plat­form to pro­mote anti-Semitism in Iran in Feb­ru­ary as a spe­cial guest at mul­ti­ple high-level events, meet­ing with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials.

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