Very scary: Simon Wiesenthal Center presents 9/11 sites alongside radical Jihadist sites to House Hearing on “Terrorism and the Internet”, as reported on 911blogger, referring to an earlier post CSPAN Hearing coverage conflates 9/11 Truth sites with Jihadist sites.
To accuse us of being associated with “radical Jihadists” is the worst possible slander, given current laws.
As Reprehensor says:
Here at 911blogger we are opposed to any and all terrorist activities, including STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM. Don’t really care who the state is either. It’s all bad.
Furthermore, as should be evident to anyone who has ever attended meetings of any 9/11 Truth group, only a tiny minority are even Muslim, and, among the rare Muslims among us, I have yet to encounter any “Islamists,” let alone “radical Jihadists.”
Here in New York, as far as I can tell, many Muslims do believe that 9/11 was an inside job, but are afraid to say so publicly, let alone get involved in the 9/11 Truth movement, lest they get shipped off to Guantanamo.
On 911blogger, some discussion ensued about Israel, Zionism, and Jews. I posted the following comment which has not appeared yet:
It is true that militant Zionists are among our most fervent opponents (with rare exceptions, such as Jared Israel, who is both a Zionist and a leading early 9/11 Truth researcher). But we absolutely MUST resist ANY temptation to blame Jews in general. By blaming Jews in general, we would be playing into the Zionists’ hands, helping to scare Jews into the belief that they “need Israel.”
There do exist plenty of non-Zionist and even anti-Zionist Jews. (See, for example, the long list in Jewish Criticism of Zionism by Edward C. Corrigan, Middle East Policy Council Journal, Winter 1990-91, Number 35.) There also exist plenty of moderate “Haaretz Jews” who support Israel’s right to exist but oppose the hawkish, expansionist faction and who want Israel to reach some sort of real accommodation with the Palestinians. Furthermore, many of the most hawkish Zionists here in the United States are not even Jews, but are pre-millenialist Christian religious right wingers, whose support for Israel (and for the most hawkish faction in Israel) frankly weirds out a lot of Jews, even while many also welcome it.
Not only should we NOT blame Jews in general, but, in my opinion, we in the 9/11 Truth movement (or at least those of us who live in places where there are lots of Jews, such as New York City) should make a point of trying to reach out to moderate Jews.
For some examples of how some Zionist Jews are weirded out by Christian Zionists, see Jews and the Christian right: Is the honeymoon over? by Michelle Goldberg, Salon.com, Nov 29, 2005.
On a related note, I posted the following in the Truth Action forum today:
And I think all of us should be making an effort to reach out to Jews, spedifically. It is quite understandable that the 9/11 Truth movement would terrify many Jews. After all, if it does turn out that people within Israeli government were involved in the 9/11 attacks, and if this ever becomes common knowledge, then there is, alas, reason to fear a Nazi-like backlash. Furthermore, any growth of Jew-hating ideology plays into the ultra-Zionists’ hands, by scaring Jews into believing that they “need” an expansionist, apartheid Israel. Hence, in my opinion, it is also vitally important that we take responsibility for not just disclaiming anti-Jew bigotry but also refuting Jew-hating ideologies.
Anyhow, my efforts to oppose Jew-hating ideologies and other religion-based bigotry have been noted at Screw Loose Change, where Pat Curley has written: “We have hammered the 9-11 Troofers for their continued association with Holocaust Deniers and other disreputable characters. So it is only fair to note when somebody makes an effort to clean house.” Pat quoted my recent post on Taking responsibility for counteracting bigotry in our midst and also linked to another post here, Truth Action forum discussion about “bankers,” anti-Illuminism, and the religious right wing.
P.S.: I should clarify that I don’t currently take a position on whether there was any Israeli involvement in the attacks of 9/11. I have not yet investigated the alleged evidence on this issue. However, I think a lot of people’s fear of the 9/11 Truth movement revolves around fear of the possibility of Israeli involvement, or at least fear of the possible consequences of people believing in same. To allay the latter fear, it is not enough to disclaim Jew-hating. We need to show that we care, by taking responsibility for counteracting bigotry. In my opinion, those of us who do believe that Israel was involved in the 9/11 attacks have an extra responsibility to counteract, not just disclaim, what would otherwise be the likely bigoted fallout of their position.
Further P.S.: For some history and background on U.S. imperialism, quite apart from Israel or Zionism, see the 9-part Indymedia U.K. series on Empire as a Way of Life. (Thanks to Chris C for calling this to our attention in the Truth Action forum.) Also, Nicholas has written a good post in the Truth Action forum critiquing some people’s over-emphasis on “Zionism” as the alleged root of various evils.