According to a recent study, 39 of the 357 people who were arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6 were veterans. These findings underscore already-existing concerns about extremists in the military and raise questions about America’s veterans’ potential vulnerability to extremist recruitment. However, a lack of reliable information means many questions remain unanswered.
The Nation of Islam (NOI), the largest Black nationalist organization in the U.S., has maintained a consistent record of antisemitism and bigotry since its founding in the 1930s. During his 40-year tenure as the NOI’s leader, Louis Farrakhan has built a legacy of divisiveness as one of the most prominent antisemites in America. He has also espoused anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-white bigotry, as well as a range of conspiratorial beliefs.
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.