Unraveling Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

  • May 25, 2003

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories placing the blame for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Jews and Israel continue to gain currency around the world, and are contributing to a new form of global anti-Semitism. These theories, increasingly popular among American right-wing extremists, white supremacists, and in the Arab and Muslim world, claim that Israel, not Osama bin Laden, was behind the horrible events of 9/11.

These theories are a new spin on centuries-old allegations charging that Jews manipulate and control world events for their own benefit, and are willing to wreak havoc on the world in order to gain power.  Conspiracists circulating these theories argue that the 9/11 attacks fit into the pattern of deception, manipulation, and evil that has been the Jews "trademark."

The conspiracy theories, in conjunction with the Internet, have facilitated an unprcedented cross-fertilization of anti-Semitic ideas between European and American anti-Semites on one hand, and Muslim and Arab anti-Semites on the other.

For a full report, please see Unraveling Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.

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