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Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories on WTC Attacks Compiled by ADL
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On September 10, 2001, 4,000 Israelis were issued a secret directive by the Mossad, warning them not to report to work at the World Trade Center the next day. The Mossad was working in cahoots with the Jewish owners of the World Trade Center, who supplied the Israeli agency with the information necessary to destroy the buildings. It was made to look like an Arab act because the Jews have a secret plot to pit the Arabs and Christians against each other so that the Jews can take over the world.

This is one of the many antisemitic rumors that have circulated since the attacks on the World Trade Center two years ago.

A report released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) catalogs the antisemitic rumors.

"The 9/11 attacks have fueled an entire new genre of antisemitic conspiracy theories leading to an environment where rumors about Jews are finding acceptance in the mainstream," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director.

One of the most popular of these rumors, fueled primarily by David Duke, the president of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, is that the Mossad, or what he calls "the most ruthless terrorist organization in the entire world," was behind the attacks.

Duke points to an article that appeared in The Washington Times the day before the attacks, which discussed a study that classified the Mossad as "ruthless and cunning... [it] has the capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act." To Duke and his followers, this was a prescient declaration of Israel's role in the September 11 attacks.

Free American Newsmagazine suggested that the United States was working with the Mossad to destroy the towers because US President George W. Bush wanted an excuse to overthrow the Taliban in order to gain control of "Afghan opium-derived heroin" trade.

Another popular conspiracy theory presented by the ADL targets an "Israeli spy ring" which knew about the attacks in advance and did nothing to prevent them because it did not want to compromise its operations in the U.S. for the sake of non-Jewish lives.

This rumor began on Fox News, according to the report, when Carl Cameron implied that 100 Israelis who had been arrested or detained in the months before and after the attacks and claimed to be art students were perhaps really spies for the Israeli government who knew about the hijackings and did nothing to stop them.

Many theorists claim the spies were working for Israeli hi- tech companies in America that wanted to spy on the US government. Specifically, these companies were Comverse Infosys, which does wiretapping, and Amdocs, which according to the report records almost every call placed in the United States.

The Jewish owners of the Trade Centers, Larry Silverstein of Silverstein Properties and Frank Lowy of Westfield America, have also been implicated by these extremist theories because they stood to gain millions of dollars in insurance money from the destruction of the twin towers.

The ADL refers to these conspiracy theories as the "Big Lie" and released the report with the hope that it will raise awareness. "Never in the history of the Jewish people has one terrible lie about 'Jewish control' spread so quickly and with such power," said Foxman. "As we gather to commemorate the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Big Lie shows no signs of diminishing."

Less than a year ago, Amiri Baraka, the African-American former poet laureate of New Jersey, recited a poem, "Somebody Blew Up America," which claimed not only that 4000 Israeli workers did not report to work, but also noted that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stayed away from New York that day, despite the fact that his canceled trip was scheduled for September 23. Furthermore, says the study, the September 11 conspiracies have led antisemites worldwide to blame the Jews for other disasters, including the Columbia shuttle crash and the war on Iraq.


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