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November 17, 2015 1

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Crop Up In Wake Of Paris Attacks

In the after­math of the wave of coor­di­nated ter­ror attacks across Paris, con­spir­acy the­o­ries link­ing Jews or Israel with the attacks have begun to sur­face in the U.S and abroad.


Tweet from Iran­ian news chan­nel Al-Alam

Sup­posed links between Israel and the Paris attacks have been dis­cussed in inter­na­tional media outlets:

  • Iran’s Fars News Agency (FNA) pub­lished a report on Novem­ber 16 that read in part: “After the ter­ror­ist attacks in Paris, it was once again con­firmed that French Jews were informed that the tragedy would hap­pen. Just as it hap­pened in the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks 14 years ago, when Jews work­ing in the Twin Tow­ers did not attend to work.” The report added that “Zion­ist offi­cials wanted to exploit [the attacks] to achieve their spe­cific goals.” The report listed sev­eral con­spir­a­to­r­ial the­o­ries about Jew­ish respon­si­bil­ity for the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks.
  • On Novem­ber 14, Egypt-based Al-Asima TV inter­viewed Colonel Hatem Saber as an expert on inter­na­tional ter­ror­ism to com­ment on the Paris attacks. Saber sug­gested that Israel stands behind the ter­ror­ist attacks in Paris because France agreed to pro­vide Egypt with arms, which was con­sid­ered threat­en­ing to Israel.
  • A car­toon tweeted by the Iran­ian news chan­nel Al-Alam on Novem­ber 17, shows Israeli PM Netanyahu putting an explo­sive vest on an ISIS ter­ror­ist in the back­drop of the Eif­fel Tower.


    Tweet from Qatari news­pa­per Al-Arab

  • A car­toon depict­ing Israel as the dri­ving force behind the attack was pub­lished in Qatar’s Al-Arab news­pa­per on Novem­ber 17 and cir­cu­lated on Twit­ter. It shows Israel as the ulti­mate oper­a­tor of the small fig­ure in the pic­ture, which rep­re­sents terror.

These the­o­ries about the Paris attacks are sim­i­lar to past con­spir­a­cies that have been cir­cu­lated in the Mid­dle East about Israel being behind ISIS.

In the U.S., fringe anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists, who rarely miss an oppor­tu­nity to exploit tragedies to pro­mote their hatred of Jews, blamed Jews or Israel for the attacks, much as they did after the Jan­u­ary ter­ror attacks in Paris.

  • Mark Glenn, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist, posted an image on his blog The Ugly Truth on Novem­ber 15 of a dog think­ing “All the ISIS guys smell like Mossad” in a post titled “France should have beefed up anti-terror laws.”  In a Novem­ber 16 post on the attacks, Glenn wrote “Until peo­ple begin to grasp this sim­ple fact, that there is no such thing as a ‘good Jew’, and that Judaism–AT ITS CORE AND FROM THE MOMENT OF ITS INCEPTION–is and has been the embod­i­ment of religiously-induced men­tal ill­ness, the world will con­tinue to march at break-neck speed towards its own destruc­tion, the peo­ple of the Mid­dle East being its first vic­tims, and then every­one else, one by one, tak­ing their turn as well.”
  • On Novem­ber 16 in Vet­er­ans Today, a U.S.-based web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news, a Pak­istani con­trib­u­tor named Saj­jad Shuakat wrote in an arti­cle titled “Is Israel Behind Paris Attacks?” that “…we are liv­ing in a world of Zionist-controlled media which is very strong and what­ever it release [sic] by con­ceal­ing truth and prop­a­gat­ing Israeli inter­ests as part of the dis­in­for­ma­tion, impress the politi­cians and gen­eral masses in the whole world.”


    Retweet from anti-Israel activist Mary Hughes-Thompson

  • Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote a Novem­ber 13 arti­cle in Vet­er­ans Today titled “Another French False Flag?” In the arti­cle Bar­rett states that “Since we now know the Char­lie Hebdo attack was a…false flag by the usual sus­pects (NATO hard­lin­ers and Zion­ists), can we safely make the same assump­tion about these new Fri­day the 13th Paris atroc­i­ties? I think we can.” Bar­rett added “The first ques­tion, as always, is: Who gains? And the answer, as always, is: Author­i­tar­ian insid­ers. Zion­ists. Mil­i­tarists. Islam­o­phobes. New World Order-Out-Of-Chaos freaks.”
mary-hughes-thompson tweet

Tweet from anti-Israel activist Mary Hughes-Thompson

At least one anti-Israel activist also linked Jews and Israel to the attacks:

  • On Novem­ber 14, Anti-Israel activist Mary Hughes-Thompson, co-founder of the Free Gaza Move­ment, tweeted that “I haven’t accused Israel of involve­ment. Still, Bibi [Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu] is upset about the Euro­pean set­tle­ment boy­cott. So who knows.” She also posted a car­toon on her Twit­ter page depict­ing an anti-Semitic car­i­ca­ture of a Jew­ish man say­ing “Merci [Thank you]” to an ISIS fighter, with the com­ment that “Every­thing is work­ing out as planned. Soon those White goyim will be on their knees.”

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April 24, 2015 8

Kevin Barrett Promotes New Book Claiming Israel Behind Paris Attacks

Update — 5/27/15: Bar­rett is con­tin­u­ing his speak­ing tour with stops in Michi­gan, Ontario, Alberta, Cal­i­for­nia, Wash­ing­ton, and Geor­gia in May-August.

Kevin Bar­rett, anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor, is on a speak­ing tour of the Mid­west from April 19–30 to pro­mote his new anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial book, We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11.

Cover of Barrett's new book

Cover of Barrett’s new book

Accord­ing to Bar­rett, his book tour includes stops at pub­lic libraries in Iowa, the Islamic Soci­ety of Greater Kansas City, the Islamic Foun­da­tion of Greater St. Louis, as well as stops in Peo­ria, Illi­nois and Mil­wau­kee and Madi­son, Wisconsin.

A photo posted on Face­book shows approx­i­mately 15 peo­ple in atten­dance for his talk in Fair­field, Iowa.

Barrett’s We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11 fea­tures essays by Bar­rett as well as from twenty-one oth­ers, most of which claim that the shoot­ings at the Char­lie Hebdo head­quar­ters and at a kosher mar­ket in Paris were a “false flag oper­a­tion” per­pe­trated by any num­ber of cul­prits includ­ing the Israeli gov­ern­ment, the United States gov­ern­ment, and/or the French government.

The major­ity of the inter­views and essays fea­tured in the anthol­ogy allege that Israel, with or with­out help from the United States, orches­trated the attacks. Bar­rett claims that these attacks were just one in a long his­tory of events – such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poi­son­ings – per­pe­trated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Mus­lims and sol­i­dar­ity with Israel.”

Such con­spir­acy the­o­ries are noth­ing new for Bar­rett, who recently appeared on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work, Press TV, where he claimed that Jews and/or Israel were behind the cre­ation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Nor­way that left 77 peo­ple dead, and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

In his new book, Bar­rett invokes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of world events, claim­ing that the West does not com­pre­hend Israel’s duplic­ity because of “the extent of clan­des­tine Zion­ist power; and the fact that the Holo­caust story has become the most sacred nar­ra­tive of the West, despite the ques­tion­able fac­tual basis of some of its most impor­tant details.”

Photo posted on Facebook of Barrett speaking in Fairfield, Iowa

Photo posted on Face­book of Bar­rett speak­ing in Fair­field, Iowa

This theme is echoed by anti-Semitic colum­nist Paul Craig Roberts, who writes that Israel com­mit­ted the Paris attacks to nefar­i­ously influ­ence the French government’s poli­cies on the Mid­dle East. The attacks, he alleges, “served Israel’s destruc­tion of Pales­tini­ans and sti­fled ris­ing Euro­pean oppo­si­tion to Israel’s theft of the West Bank and mil­i­tary assaults on Gaza.”

9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist Bar­bara Honeg­ger posited other moti­va­tions for Israel to have com­mit­ted the Paris attacks. Honeg­ger writes, “Israel was a secret hand behind the attacks designed to fan the fear of vio­lent anti-Semitism toward the goal of mit­i­gat­ing its grow­ing demo­graphic cri­sis by increas­ing Jew­ish emi­gra­tion to Israel.”

Asha­hed Muham­mad, assis­tant Edi­tor of the Nation of Islam’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of The Syn­a­gogue of Satan, does not state explic­itly that Israel is to blame for the Char­lie Hebdo shoot­ing, but does main­tain that “in media, pol­i­tics, acad­e­mia, or social activism, the world is bul­lied into com­pul­sory obe­di­ence by the mus­cu­lar Israel first lobby,” rais­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of a num­ber of sec­tors of society.

One notable excep­tion to the “false flag” nar­ra­tive pro­moted by Barrett’s book is an essay by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Lerner report­edly was “absolutely mis­led” by Bar­rett when Bar­rett asked the rabbi’s per­mis­sion to include his writ­ing in the book.

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April 18, 2013 1

Extremists and Conspiracy Theorists React to Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

Forty-eight hours after Monday’s hor­rific ter­ror­ist attack tar­get­ing the Boston Marathon, which left 3 peo­ple dead and close to 200 injured, extrem­ist and anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­ries about who was respon­si­ble are spread­ing across the Internet.

A screen­shot from the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy web­site “nodisinfo.com.”

The lack of infor­ma­tion cur­rently avail­able to the pub­lic about pos­si­ble per­pe­tra­tors has not kept extrem­ists from jump­ing to con­clu­sions.  Con­spir­acy the­o­rists span­ning the ide­o­log­i­cal spec­trum – from anti-Muslim big­ots to white suprema­cists – have accused dif­fer­ent groups and indi­vid­u­als of per­pe­trat­ing the bombing.

Here’s just a sam­pling of these accu­sa­tions. A com­pre­hen­sive overview of extrem­ist reac­tions to the Boston attack can be found here: Boston Bomb­ing Prompts Extrem­ist Con­spir­acy The­o­ries.

Con­spir­acy the­o­rist Mark Glenn claimed that the bomb­ing in Boston may have been orches­trated by Israel as a “way of not only rub­bing manure in Barack Obama’s face” but also to demon­strate what Israel is capa­ble of doing to the United States. He blamed the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and the State of Israel for a num­ber of attacks against Amer­i­cans, adding “You in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and in the pro-Israel community…you have a crim­i­nal record.” Glenn con­cluded, “It is very pos­si­ble that this is an Israeli false flag event, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Oth­ers claimed they were sure Mus­lims were behind the attack. Quran-burning Florida pas­tor Terry Jones released a state­ment that read, “Is it an Islamic attack? It looks like it. The bomb­ing came on Patri­ots Day. It has all of the ear­mark­ings (sic) of an Islamic attack but will there again be a great coverup by the Great Satan Obama? His Admin­is­tra­tion, the peo­ple he has sur­rounded him­self with, are all some type of closet Mus­lims, heav­ily influ­enced by Islam because of their background.”

Anti-government extrem­ists have described the attack as a “false flag” oper­a­tion orches­trated by the U.S. gov­ern­ment as a pre­text to cur­tail Amer­i­cans’ civil liberties. 

Other extreme orga­ni­za­tions seemed sat­is­fied with the attack and went so far as to describe it as a divine act. The vir­u­lently homo­pho­bic West­boro Bap­tist Church, for exam­ple, announced that it would picket the vic­tims’ funer­als and that the attack was a result of God’s anger about gay rights in America.

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