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September 9, 2016

Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Thrive 15 Years After Attacks

Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC, anti-Semites continue to spread conspiracy theories blaming Jews and Israel for the events of that day. Anti-Semites Christopher Bollyn, Ken O’Keefe, and Kevin Barrett are three such conspiracy theorists who spread the theory that 9/11 was a “false flag” operation by Israel and the Jews to control world events and create wars for their benefit.

Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn was one of the earliest promoters of anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories blaming Jews and Israel for the attacks. He first began writing about the attacks soon after they occurred as a reporter for American Free Press, the anti-Semitic conspiracy oriented newspaper.  Since that time, Bollyn has doubled down on his arguments and promoted the view that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation by Israel and Jews which led to the “War on Terror.” He is now in the midst of a 2016 speaking tour across the U.S. at which he promotes these themes.

On his website, Bollyn asserts, “The terror attacks of 9/11 were an Israeli false-flag operation that was designed to be blamed on Arab Muslims for the sake of kick-starting the long-planned Zionist stratagem known as the ‘War on Terror,’ which is really an Israeli war agenda to be fought by the U.S.” Bollyn is not the only anti-Semitic 9/11 “truther” who is speaking to audiences in this country.

Ex-Marine Ken O’Keefe is another virulent anti-Semite who conducted a similar tour this past spring that promoted conspiracy theories about 9/11 and Jews. He ostensibly gave the tour to talk about security issues, but he focused on vilifying Jews and Israel. During the tour O’Keefe appeared in a video on YouTube in which he answers an interviewer’s questions about 9/11.

Ken O'Keefe

Ken O’Keefe

In the video, O’Keefe blames Israel and “traitors” in the U.S. government for carrying out the 9/11 attacks. He argues that Jewish neo-conservatives planned a Pearl Harbor-type event so that they and Israel could dominate the world. He describes Jews as “psychopaths” who are trying to carry out a war of aggression that he claims will lead to World War III.

While Bollyn and O’Keefe get their message out through their tours and YouTube, Kevin Barrett, a former professor, has promoted his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories through his blog, online radio show, books and appearances on Press TV, Iran’s English language news network and propaganda machine.  He is also an editor at Veterans Today, an anti-Semitic website. But Barrett has gone beyond the 9/11 attacks to blame “Zionists” and for other events that he considers false flags, such as the terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino in 2015.

Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett

In an article on the Veterans Today site this month, Barrett writes, “The same forces that orchestrated 9/11 – namely, Operation Gladio B [refers to a supposed secret operation to carry out false flag acts and blame them on Muslim extremists] which is essentially a joint NATO-Israeli project – continue to inflict trauma on the American people with their ongoing false flag operations.”

Barrett, who has said he was influenced by Bollyn’s work, has edited a number of books that feature an array of conspiracists and anti-Semites who blame “Zionists” for various terrorist acts that were carried out by Muslim extremists.

The fact that anti-Semites are promoting the idea that Israel and Jews are responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks 15 years after the event is not surprising. In 2003, ADL released a report that predicted that an industry would grow around these anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. In 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ADL released another report that highlighted how anti-Semites are continue to promote these deceitful theories to further their agenda.

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September 7, 2016

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorist Christopher Bollyn Speaks In Brooklyn

Updated 9/9/16

For more information about this event, see:

http://forward.com/opinion/349545/that-time-i-came-face-to-face-with-an-anti-semite-in-brooklyn/

Well-known anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Christopher Bollyn is scheduled to speak at 7pm on Wednesday, September 7, at the Brooklyn Commons in Brooklyn, New York. News of the event prompted an outcry from clients and patrons of the popular event and co-working space.

Bollyn, who spent his summer on a nationwide speaking tour touting his belief that the 9/11 terror attacks were orchestrated by Israel and “the Jews,” was also slated to appear on September 9 at the West Park Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, but the church cancelled the event following an outcry from the community, citing the “inconsistency” of Bollyn’s message with their “mission and standards.”

Christopher Bollyn

Christopher Bollyn

Bollyn’s website reflects a range of twisted theories, including well-worn anti-Semitic tropes – Jews control the media and the government, including all U.S. foreign policy – and a deep well of Holocaust denial. Bollyn is a former writer for the anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper American Free Press and its predecessor, The Spotlight.  Both were published by the late anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Willis Carto.

But Bollyn’s current obsessions are 9/11 and the “War on Terror.”  In his 2012 book, “Solving 9/11: The Deception that Changed the World,” Bollyn writes, “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.” The resulting “War on Terror” and its attendant massive government expenditures, Bollyn contends, were the real goal of the 9/11 instigators.

Since Bollyn’s talk was scheduled, The Brooklyn Commons’ Facebook page has been bombarded with angry messages protesting Bollyn’s appearance and calls for a boycott. Melissa Ennen, founder of The Commons, responded to the uproar with a statement reiterating her support for free speech, and essentially urging protesters to attend the event in order to counter Bollyn’s message.

“This morning,” Ennen wrote on September 6, “some of the people who rent co-working spaces at The Commons issued a statement denouncing the Bollyn event, declaring that ‘such [antisemitic] [sic] politics should have no place in leftist spaces.’ I agree that all forms of racism should have no place in leftist spaces, but in my opinion, to get to the root of racist thinking, confrontation works better than censorship.”

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March 31, 2016

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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