In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, internet posts blaming Jews for the killings began to spring up on various online message boards and conspiracy theory websites. One theory, for example, promotes the notion that a supposedly Jewish-controlled Hollywood encourages killing sprees with subliminal messages glorifying gun violence. Another attributes the violence to the State of Israel, claiming Israel perpetrated a “false flag” terrorist attack on American soil as alleged punishment for American foreign policy on Israel and the Palestinians.
Among the most well-known promoters of racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to claim that Jews were behind the shooting spree is former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. On his website, where he disseminates his white supremacist ideology and specifically anti-Jewish views, Duke alleges that what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary is a result of Jewish control over several American institutions and foreign policy. Duke concludes that it is the supposed Zionist control over the media that resulted in the Sandy Hook shootings:
“Lead bullets are not murderers. The real murderers are not the bullets, but the Bullies of the Zio Media…Guns did not create the horror in that little school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The Zio masters of the media did. They have devoured the real America. The masters of the media continue to take us down the path of human depravity…”
Press TV, the Iranian government’s platform to disseminate its ideology to the English-speaking world, also exploited this tragedy to espouse anti-Semitic “explanations” of what happened at the Connecticut elementary school. In an interview broadcast on Press TV today, Mike Harris, a contributor to the anti-Semitic website Veterans Today who has ties to members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), held Zionists accountable for a number of mass shootings in America:
“We have had a Zionist-controlled Hollywood, a Zionist-controlled news media that is the conduit to all of these violence, these imagery, into every home in America and so you wonder why there is a culture of violence? It is because it comes from the Jews in Hollywood. That is where the conduit of violence comes from. That is the source of it… You have to realize Israel has been operating death squads in the United States since Gabrielle Giffords and Judge Roll were shot in Tuscan. There have been other incidents as the Colorado shooting, that was again Israeli death squads operating in the US.”
In an article published on the Press TV website by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today, Duff asked Harris if he stands by his claims that Israel is responsible for the massacre. His response: “You [Israel] murder children as part of ‘business as usual,’ you shouldn’t be surprised that when children are murdered, people look to you.”
This is not the first time David Duke and Press TV have exploited a tragedy in America to spew their hateful anti-Jewish ideology. On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, David Duke appeared on Press TV claiming that Zionists masterminded the attacks on 9/11.