Panicking ADL attacks “We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo!”

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By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

The Anti-Defamation League has attacked the new book We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11. This comes in the wake of French President Hollande’s attacking me and calling for a ban on my “conspiracy theories.”

While We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo features twenty-one highly-accomplished contributors from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, the ADL is attacking the book by smearing its editor, yours truly. Their strictly ad hominem approach reveals that they have no coherent substantive arguments. And their article is full of inaccuracies.

 

Here is the ADL’s attack in its entirety:

Kevin Barrett Promotes New Book Claiming Israel Behind Paris Attacks

Anti-Defamation League, April 24, 2015

Kevin Bar­rett, anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor, is on a speak­ing tour of the Mid­west from April 19–30 to pro­mote his new anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial book, We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11.





Accord­ing to Bar­rett, his book tour includes stops at pub­lic libraries in Iowa, the Islamic Soci­ety of Greater Kansas City, the Islamic Foun­da­tion of Greater St. Louis, as well as stops in Peo­ria, Illi­nois and Mil­wau­kee and Madi­son, Wisconsin.

A photo posted on Face­book shows approx­i­mately 15 peo­ple in atten­dance for his talk in Fair­field, Iowa.

Barrett’s We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11 fea­tures essays by Bar­rett as well as from twenty-one oth­ers, most of which claim that the shoot­ings at the Char­lie Hebdo head­quar­ters and at a kosher mar­ket in Paris were a “false flag oper­a­tion” per­pe­trated by any num­ber of cul­prits includ­ing the Israeli gov­ern­ment, the United States gov­ern­ment, and/or the French government.

The major­ity of the inter­views and essays fea­tured in the anthol­ogy allege that Israel, with or with­out help from the United States, orches­trated the attacks. Bar­rett claims that these attacks were just one in a long his­tory of events – such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poi­son­ings – per­pe­trated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Mus­lims and sol­i­dar­ity with Israel.”

Such con­spir­acy the­o­ries are noth­ing new for Bar­rett, who recently appeared on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work, Press TV, where he claimed that Jews and/or Israel were behind the cre­ation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Nor­way that left 77 peo­ple dead, and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

In his new book, Bar­rett invokes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of world events, claim­ing that the West does not com­pre­hend Israel’s duplic­ity because of “the extent of clan­des­tine Zion­ist power; and the fact that the Holo­caust story has become the most sacred nar­ra­tive of the West, despite the ques­tion­able fac­tual basis of some of its most impor­tant details.”

This theme is echoed by anti-Semitic colum­nist Paul Craig Roberts, who writes that Israel com­mit­ted the Paris attacks to nefar­i­ously influ­ence the French government’s poli­cies on the Mid­dle East. The attacks, he alleges, “served Israel’s destruc­tion of Pales­tini­ans and sti­fled ris­ing Euro­pean oppo­si­tion to Israel’s theft of the West Bank and mil­i­tary assaults on Gaza.”

9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist Bar­bara Honeg­ger posited other moti­va­tions for Israel to have com­mit­ted the Paris attacks. Honeg­ger writes, “Israel was a secret hand behind the attacks designed to fan the fear of vio­lent anti-Semitism toward the goal of mit­i­gat­ing its grow­ing demo­graphic cri­sis by increas­ing Jew­ish emi­gra­tion to Israel.”

Asha­hed Muham­mad, assis­tant Edi­tor of the Nation of Islam’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of Syn­a­gogue of Satan, does not state explic­itly that Israel is to blame for the Char­lie Hebdo shoot­ing, but does main­tain that “in media, pol­i­tics, acad­e­mia, or social activism, the world is bul­lied into com­pul­sory obe­di­ence by the mus­cu­lar Israel first lobby,” rais­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of a num­ber of sec­tors of society.

One notable excep­tion to the “false flag” nar­ra­tive pro­moted by Barrett’s book is an essay by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Lerner report­edly was “absolutely mis­led” by Bar­rett when Bar­rett asked the rabbi’s per­mis­sion to include his writ­ing in the book.


Let’s break down the ADL propaganda paragraph by paragraph.

Kevin Bar­rett, anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist, and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor, is on a speak­ing tour of the Mid­west from April 19–30 to pro­mote his new anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial book, We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11.

Wow! Two “anti-Semitic conspiracy” smears in one sentence! Any Freshman Composition instructor would downgrade a student for such clumsy repetition (and for “loaded language”). But the ADL isn’t interested in good writing or clear thinking. Their only concern is to defame. So they endlessly repeat the magic buzz-words that are supposed to make their target a social pariah.

Accord­ing to Bar­rett, his book tour includes stops at pub­lic libraries in Iowa, the Islamic Soci­ety of Greater Kansas City, the Islamic Foun­da­tion of Greater St. Louis, as well as stops in Peo­ria, Illi­nois and Mil­wau­kee and Madi­son, Wisconsin. A photo posted on Face­book shows approx­i­mately 15 peo­ple in atten­dance for his talk in Fair­field, Iowa.

Apparently, they are keeping close track of my whereabouts. And they are deeply concerned about how many people show up for my talks.

Barrett’s We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11 fea­tures essays by Bar­rett as well as from twenty-one oth­ers, most of which claim that the shoot­ings at the Char­lie Hebdo head­quar­ters and at a kosher mar­ket in Paris were a “false flag oper­a­tion” per­pe­trated by any num­ber of cul­prits includ­ing the Israeli gov­ern­ment, the United States gov­ern­ment, and/or the French government.

That is an overstatement. By my count, fewer than half of the twenty-one contributors seriously explore the evidence that the January Paris shootings were a false flag. Five contributors essentially take the official story for granted. The rest are somewhere in-between.

The ADL’s exaggerated depiction ignores the book’s exploration of the historical and cultural/religious background, including my own essay – the longest in the book – on the thousand-year history of symbolic attacks on the Prophet of Islam. That essay does not deal with the false flag issue at all.

The ADL also ignores the positive benefit of bringing together a diversity of voices – Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, secularists, even a communist atheist – with a wide variety of critical perspectives on the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

The major­ity of the inter­views and essays fea­tured in the anthol­ogy allege that Israel, with or with­out help from the United States, orches­trated the attacks. Bar­rett claims that these attacks were just one in a long his­tory of events – such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poi­son­ings – per­pe­trated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Mus­lims and sol­i­dar­ity with Israel.”

At least 11 of the 21 contributors do not even mention evidence of Israeli involvement in the Paris shootings, much less “allege that Israel orchestrated the attacks.” So the statement that “the majority” alleges Israeli involvement is a lie.

Interestingly, the ADL mentions “the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poisonings” in one breath – implicitly admitting, as Graeme MacQueen meticulously proves in his book The 2001 Anthrax Deception, that they were two parts of the same false flag operation. Anyone who doesn’t understand that 9/11-anthrax was designed to “incite hatred of Muslims and solidarity with Israel” should remember the US government’s admission that the anthrax letters came from non-Muslims working in a US bio-war facility – and scrawled on the anthrax envelopes was:

DEATH TO AMERICA. DEATH TO ISRAEL. ALLAH IS GREAT. The ADL makes no attempt to refute the obvious implication of these facts.

 

Such con­spir­acy the­o­ries are noth­ing new for Bar­rett, who recently appeared on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work, Press TV, where he claimed that Jews and/or Israel were behind the cre­ation of ISIS, the 2011 attacks in Nor­way that left 77 peo­ple dead, and the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks.

When, specifically, did I say “Jews were behind” any of these events? Never. This claim is libelous. If you know any lawyers who could take on a pro bono case against the ADL, please have them contact me through my website, TruthJihad.com.

In his new book, Bar­rett invokes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of world events, claim­ing that the West does not com­pre­hend Israel’s duplic­ity because of “the extent of clan­des­tine Zion­ist power; and the fact that the Holo­caust story has become the most sacred nar­ra­tive of the West, despite the ques­tion­able fac­tual basis of some of its most impor­tant details.”

The ADL apparently has no evidence to refute my claims that extensive clandestine Zionist power is protected by the sacred holocaust narrative. So they once again fall victim to the ad hominem fallacy, imagining that calling me names somehow refutes my arguments.

This theme is echoed by anti-Semitic colum­nist Paul Craig Roberts, who writes that Israel com­mit­ted the Paris attacks to nefar­i­ously influ­ence the French government’s poli­cies on the Mid­dle East. The attacks, he alleges, “served Israel’s destruc­tion of Pales­tini­ans and sti­fled ris­ing Euro­pean oppo­si­tion to Israel’s theft of the West Bank and mil­i­tary assaults on Gaza.”

Yet another ad hominem attack using loaded language, this time on Paul Craig Roberts. The ADL wildly distorts what Roberts actually wrote. In fact, Roberts points the finger more at NATO than Israel. The ADL “protests too much” when it answers Roberts’ argument that NATO did it by screaming “Why are you saying Israel did it, you anti-Semite?!” Here the ADL offers a textbook example of a “guilty demeanor.”

9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist Bar­bara Honeg­ger posited other moti­va­tions for Israel to have com­mit­ted the Paris attacks. Honeg­ger writes, “Israel was a secret hand behind the attacks designed to fan the fear of vio­lent anti-Semitism toward the goal of mit­i­gat­ing its grow­ing demo­graphic cri­sis by increas­ing Jew­ish emi­gra­tion to Israel.”

It seems odd that the ADL would smear Roberts, who de-emphasizes Israel’s role in 9/11-anthrax and Charlie Hebdo, as an “anti-Semite” while insulting former White House Policy Analyst Barbara Honegger as a mere “conspiracy theorist.”  In her essay, Honegger forcefully underlines Israel’s role in 9/11-anthrax and Charlie Hebdo.

Interestingly, the ADL does NOT cite best-selling Israeli investigative journalist Barry Chamish, whose essay in We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo supports Honneger’s statement that Israeli leaders orchestrated Charlie Hebdo to try to mitigate Israel’s demographic crisis. I guess it’s hard to call Chamish, a right-wing Zionist Jew, either “anti-Semitic” or “self-hating.” So the ADL just ignores him.

Asha­hed Muham­mad, assis­tant Edi­tor of the Nation of Islam’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of The Syn­a­gogue of Satan, does not state explic­itly that Israel is to blame for the Char­lie Hebdo shoot­ing, but does main­tain that “in media, pol­i­tics, acad­e­mia, or social activism, the world is bul­lied into com­pul­sory obe­di­ence by the mus­cu­lar Israel first lobby,” rais­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of a num­ber of sec­tors of society.

The ADL cannot argue that Ashahed Muhammad’s claim about the power of the Israel lobby is untrue. After all, the ADL is part of the Lobby and is well acquainted with its power. So instead of refuting Muhammad, they brandish the ad hominem label “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

One notable excep­tion to the “false flag” nar­ra­tive pro­moted by Barrett’s book is an essay by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Lerner report­edly was “absolutely mis­led” by Bar­rett when Bar­rett asked the rabbi’s per­mis­sion to include his writ­ing in the book.

Lerner is just one of several contributors who do not highlight the “false flag narrative.” Others include Yvonne Ridley, Lawrence Davidson, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Thaddeus Kozinski, John Andrew Morrow, Ashahed Muhammad, Ibrahim Soudy, and André Vltcheck.

The claim that I “absolutely misled” Lerner is specious and libelous. I have ironclad evidence to prove this, and have contacted Lerner and demanded a public retraction (or clarification that he never said those words) and expect that it will be forthcoming.

Bottom line: The ADL hit piece fails to find anything wrong with We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11. But since the book is such a clear and present threat to the power of the Israel lobby, they have chosen to launch a baseless smear campaign, using empty ad hominems and occasional lies, to try to scare people away.

If you would like to help fight back, please purchase the book from Amazon. Better yet, buy five copies from me directly at wholesale ($60 including shipping in the USA) through the paypal button at TruthJihad.com, emailing me through the same website with your shipping address. Or – best of all – contact me to help organize a speaking event where I can publicly show the evidence the ADL doesn’t want you to see.

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Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.
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