New York, NY, September 18, 2013 … The potential for U.S. military action in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons on its own people has spawned a “disturbing cottage industry of conspiracy theories,” according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Fringe extremists and anti-Semites have taken to the Internet to promote outrageous claims that behind-the-scenes Jews and Israel are manipulating governments and the media to push for war.
Extremist and conspiracy-oriented web sites have in recent weeks promoted a series of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic conspiracies focused on the Syrian conflict, according to a new ADL report, with claims ranging from the idea that Israel “fabricated” the story about chemical weapons in Syria to gin up further American involvement in the Middle East, to the notion that Israel and Jews manufactured the chemical weapons controversy to divert the world’s attention away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Once again, fringe extremists and anti-Semites are fueling outlandish conspiracy theories and trying to push them into the mainstream,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director. “There is a disturbing cottage industry of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories surrounding Syria, and unfortunately, Jews and Israel are in the crosshairs.”
Those promoting these conspiracy theories range from traditional anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, to Israel-bashers, and even the official Iranian news media.
The following are examples of conspiracy oriented messages posted on the Internet:
Editor’s Note: ADL experts on domestic and international anti-Semitism are available for comment on conspiracy theories surrounding the Syrian conflict. Additional examples are available on the League’s web site at www.adl.org
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