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December 18, 2012 18

Conspiracy Theorists Blame Jews For Sandy Hook Massacre

In the after­math of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary, inter­net posts blam­ing Jews for the killings began to spring up on var­i­ous online mes­sage boards and con­spir­acy the­ory web­sites.  One the­ory, for exam­ple, pro­motes the notion that a sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled Hol­ly­wood encour­ages killing sprees with sub­lim­i­nal mes­sages glo­ri­fy­ing gun vio­lence. Another attrib­utes the vio­lence to the State of Israel, claim­ing Israel per­pe­trated a “false flag” ter­ror­ist attack on Amer­i­can soil as alleged pun­ish­ment for Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy on Israel and the Palestinians.

Among the most well-known pro­mot­ers of racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to claim that Jews were behind the shoot­ing spree is for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. On his web­site, where he dis­sem­i­nates his white suprema­cist ide­ol­ogy and specif­i­cally anti-Jewish views, Duke alleges that what hap­pened at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary is a result of Jew­ish con­trol over sev­eral Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions and for­eign pol­icy. Duke con­cludes that it is the sup­posed Zion­ist con­trol over the media that resulted in the Sandy Hook shootings:

“Lead bul­lets are not mur­der­ers. The real mur­der­ers are not the bul­lets, but the Bul­lies of the Zio Media…Guns did not cre­ate the hor­ror in that lit­tle school in Sandy Hook, Con­necti­cut. The Zio mas­ters of the media did. They have devoured the real Amer­ica. The mas­ters of the media con­tinue to take us down the path of human depravity…”

Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate its ide­ol­ogy to the English-speaking world, also exploited this tragedy to espouse anti-Semitic “expla­na­tions” of what hap­pened at the Con­necti­cut ele­men­tary school. In an inter­view broad­cast on Press TV today, Mike Har­ris, a con­trib­u­tor to the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), held Zion­ists account­able for a num­ber of mass shoot­ings in America:

“We have had a Zionist-controlled Hol­ly­wood, a Zionist-controlled news media that is the con­duit to all of these vio­lence, these imagery, into every home in Amer­ica and so you won­der why there is a cul­ture of vio­lence? It is because it comes from the Jews in Hol­ly­wood. That is where the con­duit of vio­lence comes from. That is the source of it… You have to real­ize Israel has been oper­at­ing death squads in the United States since Gabrielle Gif­fords and Judge Roll were shot in Tus­can. There have been other inci­dents as the Col­orado shoot­ing, that was again Israeli death squads oper­at­ing in the US.”

In an arti­cle pub­lished on the Press TV web­site by Gor­don Duff, Senior Edi­tor of Vet­er­ans Today, Duff asked Har­ris if he stands by his claims that Israel is respon­si­ble for the mas­sacre. His response: “You [Israel] mur­der chil­dren as part of ‘busi­ness as usual,’ you shouldn’t be sur­prised that when chil­dren are mur­dered, peo­ple look to you.”

This is not the first time David Duke and Press TV have exploited a tragedy in Amer­ica to spew their hate­ful anti-Jewish ide­ol­ogy. On the 11th anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks, David Duke appeared on Press TV claim­ing that Zion­ists mas­ter­minded the attacks on 9/11.

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October 10, 2012 1

ADL Releases New Report on Anti-Semitism Featured on Iran’s English-Language Press TV

While Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad may no longer be in New York, his hate­ful mes­sages con­tinue to be spread in the U.S. and around the world through Iran’s offi­cial English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work, Press TV.

ADL has released a new report titled Iran’s Press TV: Broad­cast­ing Anti-Semitism to the Eng­lish Speak­ing World which ana­lyzes the net­work as “one of the world’s lead­ing dis­pensers of con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitism in Eng­lish” and exposes the Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers who are mis­lead­ingly pre­sented on Press TV’s pro­gram­ming as seri­ous and cred­i­ble experts.

Among those who have appeared on Press TV are Amer­i­can anti-Semite and racist David Duke; Imam Abdul Alim Musa, head of the Masjid Al Islam Mosque in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., who is affil­i­ated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun move­ment; Mark Glenn, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist; and Gor­don Duff, Senior Edi­tor of the conspiracy-oriented web­site Vet­er­ans Today that alleges, for exam­ple, that Israelis and Jew­ish mem­bers of the Bush admin­is­tra­tion car­ried out the 9/11 attacks as a “false flag” oper­a­tion to pro­voke war.

The report also high­lights some of the hate­ful con­tent fea­tured on Press TV so far in 2012 includ­ing bogus alle­ga­tions of Zion­ist con­trol over world events, “Israeli Lobby” con­trol of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, exces­sive Jewish/Zionist influ­ence as a result of dis­pro­por­tion­ate wealth, and Jews and Israel secretly being behind a num­ber of “false flag” operations.

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August 9, 2012 0

Anti-Semitism Ever Present on Al-Awda’s Anti-Israel Listserve

One of the old­est and best-known pro-Palestinian orga­ni­za­tions in the U.S. main­tains a list­serve that reg­u­larly dis­trib­utes anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda and con­spir­acy the­o­ries to its members.

On Tues­day, the orga­ni­za­tion, Al-Awda, dis­trib­uted an arti­cle via the list­serve called “Zion­ist Media Dom­i­na­tion: The Jew­ish Sui­cide Bomber That You Never Heard of.” The arti­cle was writ­ten by a 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist who claimed that an unsuc­cess­ful ter­ror­ist attack on the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the early 1980s was cov­ered up in the media because the per­pe­tra­tor was an Israeli and Zion­ist Jews have “supreme control…over the Amer­i­can press.” The author, Mar­tin Iqbal, also repeated his long­stand­ing con­spir­acy the­ory that the Israeli Mossad “took part in the 9/11 attacks.”

This arti­cle was sent to the listserve’s sub­scribers twice, once by a Pales­tin­ian activist from the UK who reg­u­larly dis­trib­utes anti-Semitic con­tent and once by a North­ern California-based activist named Paul Larudee. Larudee has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the domes­tic anti-Israel move­ment, includ­ing co-founding the Inter­na­tional Sol­i­dar­ity Move­ment and the Free Gaza Move­ment, which was largely respon­si­ble for the May 2011 Gaza flotilla.

Larudee has occa­sion­ally sent extreme mes­sages to the list­serve, includ­ing a mes­sage sev­eral days ear­lier con­tain­ing what is described as “a list of a 100 Israeli Air-Force pilots under active duty” replete with pho­tos, their ID num­bers and dates of birth. The mes­sage describes the sol­diers as “war crim­i­nals” who have been pro­vided with a “con­trived veil of anonymity [that] enables their crimes with­out them suf­fer­ing any fear.” The next line reads, “Please use and spread this infor­ma­tion as widely as possible.”

On the day of the Bul­garia ter­ror­ist attack that killed five Israeli tourists, the list­serve, which is hosted by Yahoo! Groups, con­tained an arti­cle by well-known Holo­caust denier Michael Hoff­man. The arti­cle, titled “Israeli false flag/black op in Bul­gar­ian ter­ror attack?” artic­u­lated con­spir­a­to­r­ial Iran­ian claims that Israel would carry out ter­ror­ist attacks against its own cit­i­zens abroad in an attempt to frame Iran.

Older mes­sages also con­tain nasty imagery about Jews and Israel. A par­tic­u­larly offen­sive arti­cle dis­trib­uted to the list­serve in 2010 described Israel as a soci­ety of “racists, can­ni­bals and Nazi-minded mur­ders and child killers” and alleged that the then-ongoing cam­paign for Gilad Shalit’s release was being “pub­li­cized by the Jewish-controlled media in Europe and North America.”

E-mails in 2009, which ADL reported on at the time on our Web site, were marked by claims that Israel secretly orches­trates Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bomb­ings, that Jews are guilty of engag­ing in organ traf­fick­ing and that it is sen­si­ble to “doubt” the verac­ity of the Holo­caust. One mes­sage referred to FOX News and CNN as “Zion­ist Jew network[s]” that are con­trolled by “Jew Zion­ist masters.”

And in 2007, Al-Awda dis­trib­uted com­mu­niqués from the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine (PFLP). Nearly all of the com­mu­niqués expressed sup­port for ter­ror­ist activ­ity, extolling “mar­tyrs,” encour­ag­ing the “resis­tance,” and detail­ing vio­lence against Israeli troops.

While each mes­sage posted to Al-Awda’s list­serve includes a dis­claimer stat­ing that it rep­re­sents “the views of their authors and not nec­es­sar­ily those” of the orga­ni­za­tion, the listserve’s set­tings state that all post­ings require approval by a group mod­er­a­tor in order for them to be sent to list recip­i­ents. It seems that the mod­er­a­tors of the Al-Awda list­serve will­ingly approve these mes­sages of hate and conspiracy.

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