The Nation of Islam (NOI) is using Israel’s military response to Hamas in Gaza to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories suggesting that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The NOI Research Group (NOIRG), which claims to serve as the NOI’s “historical research department,” tweeted on August 24 that “Israeli airstrike in #Gaza levels 7-story building. Their last airstrike was on Sept 11, 2001.” The tweet is accompanied by a photo of smoke billowing from the World Trade Center.
This is not the first time the NOIRG has used social media to spread the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory blaming Jews for 9/11. In December 2013, for example, the NOIRG tweeted that “#Israel has an ugly history of deadly false flag operations, including 9/11…”
NOI leader Louis Farrakhan also weighed in on the current conflict in his August 17 sermon at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. Farrakhan juxtaposed the tense situation in Gaza with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, interlacing his address with a number of anti-Semitic claims.
Farrakhan told the congregation that in Israel “there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying, and deceit, using the name of God to shield your dirty religion.”