WASHINGTON, D.C. — Whether it’s the Boston Marathon bombings, the cold-blooded murder of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, or the definitive American tragedy of this generation, 9/11, one thing is certain — a cottage industry will arise claiming the event was perpetrated or staged by Jews or Israelis for some nefarious purpose.
A new study out this week — more than four months after a gunman massacred 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — finds that one-quarter (25 percent) of Americans believe facts about the shooting are being hidden by the government or media and an additional 11% are unsure. “That’s a terrifying number,” says Farleigh Dickinson University professor Dan Cassino, who commissioned the poll.
“There is a huge swell of theories claiming [Sandy Hook] was faked,” he says. “It’s easy to deride these sorts of conspiracy theories, but they seem to have found an audience.”
One of the most popular Sandy Hook conspiracy theories blames “Israeli death squads” for the massacre. That claim was given wide play by Iran’s Press TV in an opinion piece by Mike Harris, an extremist whose bland-sounding website, Veterans Today, is a clearinghouse of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
After the terror attack on the Boston Marathon, it didn’t take long for the Internet to light up with conspiracy theories accusing Jews and Israelis of being behind the bombings.
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