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February 22, 2003

The space shuttle Columbia: conspiracy theories

The ADL supplies this list of various conspiracy theories that "account" for the Columbia space ship disaster. And naturally it is part of a Jewish/Zionist/Israeli plan. This would be amusing if such nonsense were not taken seriously by so many people

In the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and speculation about possible Jewish or Israeli involvement in the shuttle's demise surfaced on the Internet in chat rooms, bulletin boards and Web sites frequented by anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. The hatemongers noted that one of the crew members, Col. Ilan Ramon, was an Israeli national, and singled out this fact as evidence of Jewish complicity in the disaster.

Within hours of the disaster, the conspiracy theorists had noted Ramon's nationality, his religion, and the fact that as an Air Force pilot he was involved in the 1981 mission that bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor. They claimed it was no coincidence that wreckage from the Columbia fell on Palestine, Texas, calling it "Divine intervention." While Holocaust deniers made much of the fact that Ramon was the son of Holocaust survivors, claiming that his role in the mission was to "spy" for Israel, the leaders of Palestinian terror groups called the shuttle accident, "punishment from Allah."

Coming at a time of great tragedy for both the American and Israeli people, the conspiracy theories about Space Shuttle Columbia show how anti-Semites continue to use the Internet to spread hate, and are quick to use a national tragedy for their own purposes.

The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors and exposes anti-Semitism and hatred on the Internet, has compiled numerous examples of the conspiracy theories about the demise of Columbia. The theories demonstrate that, even in times of tragedy and sadness, the haters are hard at work. [more]