Another 'Jewish' conspiracy. This one is true

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Have you noticed? There's no off-season for Israel-bashing. There's no hiatus for the genocidal, hate-Israel 'it’s-Israelis-who-want-genocide' crowd.

There’s also no off-season for conspiracy theories claiming this or that Israel/Jewish conspiracy. For example, in the summer of 2015, Asghar Bukhari, a founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee in Britain, did something we all do: He misplaced one of his shoes. Then he did something none of us do: He blamed it on the Jews. “ARE ZIONISTS TRYING TO INTIMIDATE ME?” he asked on Facebook (Yair Rosenberg, “The top five most hilarious anti-Semitic conspiracy theories”, tablet, May 19, 2016).

In 2008, Vanity Fair correspondent Amy Fine Collins published an account of another conspiracy theory (ibid). This one explained why Jews have been so persecuted in Russia: Russia’s Jews have a secret vegetable they eat so they don’t become alcoholics like non-Jewish Russians. These Jews are persecuted because they refuse to share that vegetable with anyone else (ibid).

In 2015, the Gaza terror group, Hamas, claimed it had captured a dolphin off the coast of Gaza. They declared that the dolphin was an Israeli spy. Hamas claimed the dolphin was equipped with spying devices, including cameras (ibid). Curiously, Hamas showed no pictures or videos of the dolphin or its spy equipment.

In 2016 writer Tamara Baraaz travelled into the Islamic world to talk to everyday people. She learned that some Muslims believe Israel created ISIS—the Islamic State terror group. This reasoning for this theory is simple: first, ISIS has no connection to Islam. It’s a foreign invention. Second, you can tell it’s foreign because most ISIS fighters are foreigners. Third, Israel created ISIS in order to distract the world from Israel’s own terror activities against ‘Palestinians’ (see, Tamara Baraaz, “An Israeli Encounter With anti-Semitism in the Muslim World”, haaretz, June 10, 2016).

There seems to be no end to these 'Jewish conspiracy' stories. Why are they so popular?

A comic once said that a conspiracy theory is how an idiot gets to feel like an intellectual (David Baddiel, “Short of a conspiracy theory? You can always blame the Jews”, guardian, July 22, 2015). He might be right. Talking about a conspiracy theory is a way an uneducated person can catch a smart person off guard. When the smart person reacts negatively to the theory, the uneducated one can say, ’ah, the wool may have been pulled over your eyes, my friend, but not mine’ (ibid).

Ultimately, such theories live on because the conspiracy theorist is the good guy. He’s the lone hero (agent 007/James Bond) who unmasks the secret powers of evil (Spectre/the Zionists) (ibid).

Here’s another conspiracy theory. It unmasks Israel as the power behind an organized plot. It’s a conspiracy theory that’s true.

This conspiracy was first unmasked by the lone hero, Andrew Klavan. He did that unmasking in a video.

This video first appeared on December 18, 2014. In internet years, that's a very long time ago. But then, given the world we live in, this particular conspiracy appears even more true today than it was in 2014.

The video is 3:40 long.