In the days following 9/11, antisemitic conspiracy theorists dismissed the widely accepted version of events, instead crafting alternative narratives directly implicated Jewish people and Israel in the attacks, peddling antisemitic tropes about Jews supposedly manipulating word events for their own benefit and at the expense of others. Twenty years later, these antisemitic 9/11 conspiracy theories continue to thrive.
If there is a single thread that links QAnon’s origins, its current state, and where the conspiracy theory is likely to go in the short-to medium-term, it’s antisemitism. QAnon’s antisemitism has been most visible at two points: its beginnings – when it emerged from4chan – and the present, when the most popular QAnon influencer, GhostEzra, is an open Nazi who praises Hitler, admires the Third Reich, and decries the supposedly treacherous nature of Jews.
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) is an anti-government extremist group whose primary purpose is to recruit sheriffs into the anti-government “patriot” movement. Led by Richard Mack, the CSPOA increasingly seeks out law enforcement audiences, billing his extremist events as “trainings.” In a disturbing development, in 2021, Mack was able to win official state approval for his “trainings” in Montana and Texas, which allows attendees to receive continuing education credit for attending Mack’s events.
Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) is an ISIS-affiliated terrorist group based in Afghanistan. The organization is believed to have between 1,500 and 2,200 active members. ISKP’s main goal is to establish and maintain control of territory in Afghanistan on behalf of ISIS. It also frequently directs attacks at civilians, Afghan security forces, and the Taliban.
The National Justice Party (NJP) was formed in August 2020 by a number of well-known white supremacists, most of whom attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. NJP is virulently antisemitic and blames Jews for multiple problems in the U.S. While the group refers to itself as a “party,” it is not registered with the Federal Election Commission.