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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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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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October 5, 2012 3

Anti-Semite Mark Glenn Gave Speech at Ahmadinejad Dinner in New York

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion has emerged about Amer­i­can extrem­ists invited by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment to a din­ner hon­or­ing Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad in New York City on Sep­tem­ber 25, 2012.  Ahmadine­jad was in town to attend the United Nations Gen­eral Assembly.

Mark Glenn’s offi­cial invi­ti­a­tion to the Ahmadine­jad dinner

In addi­tion to Louis Far­rakhan, the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment invited Mark Glenn, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist  (who claims that Jews con­trol banks, the stock exchange, politi­cians and the media) to speak at the din­ner. Glenn, who makes reg­u­lar appear­ances on Press TV, Iran’s English-language satel­lite net­work, used the din­ner as an oppor­tu­nity to attack Jews and Israel.

Glenn dis­cussed his speech on the Sep­tem­ber 27 edi­tion of his pro­gram on “The Ugly Truth,” an anti-Semitic online radio net­work and blog he runs. Glenn claimed that he shocked the guests at the din­ner by assert­ing that the Prime Min­is­ter of Israel, Ben­jamin Netanyahu, “is cor­rect” in say­ing that “Iran’s nuclear pro­gram is going to wipe Israel off the face of the map.”  In Glenn’s vision of the future, Iran will use nuclear power for peace­ful pur­poses and will be “the nucleus” around which all other Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries will revolve in “a per­fectly har­mo­nious orbit.”  Glenn asserted that a united Mid­dle East would then be able to rid the world of Israel, and that coun­tries out­side the region would also “kick Jews out of places of power.”

Glenn let his lis­ten­ers know how much the atten­dees at the din­ner appre­ci­ated his speech, say­ing, “I saw peo­ple wip­ing their eyes.” He claimed that the speech has now opened sev­eral major doors for him, which he will reveal in the near future.  Glenn also indi­cated that his invi­ta­tion to the din­ner and his appear­ances on Press TV have brought him closer to Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials, includ­ing Ahmadinejad.

This is not the first time Glenn has had deal­ings with Ahmadine­jad. In 2007, Glenn orga­nized “No More Wars for Israel,” an event in Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia that con­sisted of protests and lec­tures demo­niz­ing Jews and Israel. Accord­ing to Glenn, the event fea­tured a video­taped mes­sage from Ahmadine­jad, in which he con­demned Zion­ism as a racist move­ment and a dan­ger to world peace.

Glenn let his radio lis­ten­ers know that Ahmadine­jad is one of his heroes. Before recount­ing his din­ner speech on his show, Glenn ranted against the evils of Israel and claimed that Iran was, in con­trast, “a highly cul­tured, blame­less society.”

In addi­tion, Glenn com­pared Netanyahu and Jew­ish sup­port­ers to vam­pires, say­ing that they “feed on inno­cent human blood.” He pro­moted a con­spir­acy the­ory that Israel is mov­ing nuclear weapons into major cities and wait­ing for an oppor­tune moment for its “oper­a­tives” to det­o­nate them. Glenn later referred to Judaism as “a men­tal defect that leads to men­tal ill­ness, spir­i­tual bar­barism” and “left unchecked, can bring the world to the brink of utter annihilation.”

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