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June 16, 2016

Bigots Express Hateful Rhetoric After Orlando Attack

In the wake of the brutal terrorist attack by Omar Mateen that killed 49 members of the LGBT community and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, communities held vigils across the country to express solidarity with the victims. In marked contrast to the love and support shown by people around the world, haters voiced anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT sentiment and promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the aftermath of the event.

Not surprisingly, bigots and extremists used the massacre in Orlando to demonize Muslims and Jews and to assert that the LGBT community got what it deserved because of their lifestyle. The sentiments they expressed demonstrate that these haters will exploit any tragedy to promote their ideology.

Anti-Muslim activism

Over the past year, anti-Muslim activism has been on the rise across the United States. The Orlando attack has provided a boost to such hateful sentiment and bigoted rhetoric.

  • Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller commented on the Orlando attack on her blog on June 12: “The media is calling it a hate crime. So it’s safe to assume Islam is a hate ideology.”
  • Robert Spencer, director of the anti-Muslim website Jihad Watch, wrote an article on the site about the terrorist who carried out the Orlando attack: “He was a devout adherent of a religion that mandates death for homosexuals, and the son of a man who supports a group that puts gays to death (even as homosexual behavior is rampant in Afghanistan).”
  • A self-claimed ex-terrorist who is now a Christian convert and an extremist anti-Muslim activist, Walid Shoebat, used the Orlando attack as an opportunity to renew his support for calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.  He wrote on his official website on June 12, “First of all it is 100% impossible to screen Muslims to weed out the terrorists…. Anyone who thinks that the U.S. or Europe are properly vetting or can vet these terrorists [is] dreaming. They cannot even monitor a few terrorists.”  He concluded his statement: “What more can we do? In a nutshell, all you westerners, unless you completely ban Islam, your’e [sic] screwed.”
  • Over social media platforms, some have cheered what they considered proof that previous calls to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. were wise and “spot-on,” attacking at the same time what they described as a policy to “import more Muslims.” Other anti-Muslim statements over social media recycled old claims about the inherently violent nature of Islam, and the threat of not using the words “radical Islamic terrorism” in the context of describing such terrorist attacks.

Anti-LGBTQ hatred

While the LGBT and Muslim communities banded together to promote tolerance over hatred, extremists, including two pastors who are close associates, promoted a virulent strain of homophobia. Neo-Nazis also expressed contempt for the LGBT community, with some celebrating the terrorist attack.

Anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic tweet on Orlando attack

Anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic tweet about Orlando attack

  • Steven Anderson, a pastor in Tempe, Arizona, who is known for his hatred of the LGBT community as well as Jews, gave a sermon celebrating the murder of gay people. He said: “The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles.” He asserted that “they should have been killed through the proper channels as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed.”
  • Roger Jimenez, a pastor of a church in Sacramento, California and an associate of Anderson’s, voiced similar sentiments. He posed the rhetorical question, “Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” He answered, “Um, no. I think that’s great. I think that helps society.” He added that “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is—I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job.” He continued, “I wish the government would round them all up, put them against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.”
  • On his neo-Nazi website Infostormer, Lee Rogers wrote, “I find your diseased lifestyles disgusting and toxic to the body politic.” He added that if the LGBT community “choses to follow The Don [a reference to Donald Trump]… we will not openly attack you or slaughter you. Your rights to defile our marriage ceremonies and push your agenda will of course be rescinded, and there will no longer be pride parades featuring massive dildos on American streets.”
  • In an early response to the shooting, a poster on the neo-Nazi forum Vanguard News Network said that Mateen “offed 20 of the most degenerate pieces of excrement on the face of the earth, and if he gets virgins in paradise, as far as I’m concerned, he earned them.”
  • Others on social media, in particular Twitter, used the pejorative term “homocaust” to describe the massacre in Orlando.

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Fringe anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists rarely miss an oppor­tu­nity to exploit tragedies to pro­mote their hatred of Jews, as they did blaming Jews for events ranging from coordinated terror attacks across Paris in November 2015 to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012 to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Tweet promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies in response to Orlando attack

Tweet promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies in response to Orlando attack

  • In this latest round of blaming Jews for all that is wrong with the world, David Duke, the former Klan leader, posted a video on YouTube titled “The Orlando Terror and the Dark Side of Diversity.” In this video, Duke invokes anti-Semitic theories about Jewish control and supposedly evil Jewish intentions stating, “…the powerful Jewish organizations have led the push for open borders.” He added, “…the takeover of American elite media, politics, and banking has directly led to the policies of ethnic cleansing in the country our forefathers created and they literally brag about this.” Duke blames the Jews and others for what he describes as the “the ethnic cleansing of America, Europe, and every Western Nation” and calls on “every white nation” to “rise up and defend Western Christian civilization.”
  •  Additionally, Vet­er­ans Today, a U.S.-based web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news, published a number of articles blaming Israel or Jews for the Orlando shooting:

 –In an article titled “MK-Ultra Triple Play in Orlando,” Veterans Today columnist Preston James tries to place the Orlando shooting into a larger Jewish conspiracy. He wrote, “[I]t is reasonable to view this Orlando shooting as a possible joint Mossad/CIA Gladio-style, inside-job, false-flag “triple-play” op designed to help motivate the American masses to collect the guns, accept political correctness and homosexuality as the preferred norm, and to further motivate Americans to support deploying our war machine to fight more wars for Israel and the KM (Rothschild Zionist Banksters).”

–In “Orlando Shooting: Why Israel Availed the Vicious Circle of Terrorism?” Sajjad Shaukat claims that Israel is behind a number of attacks in cooperation with “the Zionist-Israeli-led America” in order to stir up hatred against Muslims. Shaukat writes: “And most probably…Mossad might have arranged this massive shooting…to divert the attention of American public from internal problems, prolonged war on terror etc., and especially to avoid the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”

Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote a Veterans Today article titled “Orlando Nighclub Shooting Another False Flag?” In this article, Barrett places Israel at the center of “the long list of false flags that created [the Orlando shooting], claiming that “Zionists have been panicking, fearing that Obama is going to…officially establish the State of Palestine…The usual suspects may have responded with a massive publicity student in Orlando designed to make us forget Muhammad Ali [who Barrett describes as a positive Muslim role model] and make it much harder, if not impossible, for Obama to force the Israelis to withdraw from the territory they stole in 1967.”

  • Some social media users responded by posting vehemently anti-Semitic messages on Twitter, making accusations similar to those of Duke or Veterans Today, either blaming Jews themselves for perpetrating the attacks or Jewish control of a number of sectors in the U.S. for inspiring the attacks.

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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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November 17, 2015

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.

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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.

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    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.”

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    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.”
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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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