January 3, 2008
The easy answer: The Jews did it
On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, The Jewish Journal ran a cover story that superimposed these words over silhouettes of the World Trade Center towers: “THE JEWS DIDN’T DO IT, YOU IDIOTS!”
I mentioned this in September as one of many immortal fallacies, and was just reminded of it while reading a remembrance of Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister who was assassinated last week.
Tucked in there, right in the middle, are two less-than-flattering-but-oft-mentioned maligns of Jews. These are, in essence, the descendant lies of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” And not only in the Muslim world.
Season 10 of “South Park” saw Cartman finger Kyle, the fourth grade’s only Jew, as the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks. Here in Los Angeles, the head of the Muslim Public Affairs Council pondered on the radio whether Israel was behind the attacks “because, I think, this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories, so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.” He later apologized for the remark.