Long-time white supremacist and former Klan leader David Duke has been invited this week to the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain to discuss the "global struggle against Zionism" and promote theories blaming Israel for the September 11 attacks. Duke's anti-Semitic views have been embraced in the Middle East, where there has been a growing acceptance of Holocaust denial and other anti-Jewish beliefs.
Since September 11, Duke has reiterated his belief that Israel and the Mossad perpetrated the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He has insisted that the Mossad warned 4,000 Jews who worked at the World Trade Center to stay home on the day of the attacks, while allowing thousands of innocent Americans to die. Duke's "proof" betrays his bigotry--he has said that since Jews control finance, more Israelis/Jews should have died in the World Trade Center. He has also stated that Israel carried out the attacks to turn attention away from its treatment of the Palestinians.
An article in the Gulf News advertising Duke's lecture in Bahrain refers to him as a "former U.S. Senator" and "a mainstream politician" who is a member of the Republican Party. In reality, Duke was never a U.S. Senator. He held a seat representing his local area in the Louisiana State Legislature and was repudiated by virtually every major GOP leader, including President George Bush.
- From his base in Russia and the Ukraine, where he has lived in the last two years, Duke has given lectures and written various articles promoting his September 11 conspiracy theories. At the same time, he has spoken at Holocaust denial conferences and other events in Europe that attracted a large neo-Nazi audience, and has promoted his books, which claim that Judaism fosters hatred against non-Jews and that Jews are inherently criminal.
- In August 2002, Duke was a featured speaker at an event sponsored by the National Democratic Party (NPD), a far-right German political group that attracts a large neo-Nazi following. In his speech he attacked Israel and what he called "Jewish supremacism," and lauded the Nazi armies of the Second World War as having fought for "freedom and heritage."
- In May 2002, Duke was published in the Arab News, a Saudi Arabian English daily newspaper. His article, "The World's Most Dangerous Terrorist," claimed that Israel had "aided and abetted" the terrorists in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and that Al-Qaeda is secretly controlled by the Mossad, Israel's intelligence bureau.
- Also in May 2002, Duke conducted a workshop on "European-American Civil Rights" simultaneously in Europe and by video connection in Metairie, Louisiana.
- In January 2002, Duke attended an extremist conference in Moscow organized by Willis Carto. The conference focused on Holocaust denial and resolved that Zionism "aspires to establish world supremacy" and attempts to "destroy morality, national culture…and security of the nations" of the world. It was attended by other well-known American anti-Semites such as Michael Collins Piper and Russell Granata, as well as European Holocaust deniers such as Juergen Graf.
- In the early 1970s Duke founded the White Youth Alliance, a group affiliated with the neo-Nazi National Socialist White People's Party in Arlington, Virginia.
- In 1974, he founded and became the self-appointed Imperial Wizard of the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
- He established the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) in 1980 which, he said, was "primarily a white rights lobby organization," whose message was "essentially the same" as the KKK.
- He later formed NOFEAR, the National Organization for European American Rights, in January 2000. He described it as a "civil rights" organization fighting the alleged "massive discrimination" faced by whites from the nation's growing population of minorities. The organization changed its name to EURO (European-American Unity and Rights Organization) in June 2001, and is currently run by Duke's followers in the United States under his supervision.
- Over the last two years, Duke has resided in Russia and the Ukraine. During this time he has been under investigation in the U.S. for a variety of legal issues, including tax fraud, tax evasion and gambling-related financial difficulties.
- In recent years Duke has published two books detailing his beliefs, which have remained essentially unchanged since his Klan days. In My Awakening (2000) Duke details his developing "racial consciousness" from his childhood to today, which has now come to include Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories. In Jewish Supremacism (2002), Duke elaborates on the "Jewish threat," and offers misreadings of the Talmud and Bible in an attempt to portray contemporary Jews as haters of non-Jews and plotters of the downfall of non-Jewish culture.
He has devoted considerable attention to Russia, and wrote the article, "Is Russia the Key to White Survival?" His anti-Semitic book on "Jewish Supremacism" has been published in Russian (this book is a translation of a major portion of his magnum opus, My Awakening).