WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of classified diplomatic cables has caused a backlash of anti-Israel conspiracy theories, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Anti-Israel conspiracy theorists are claiming that Israel and the Israel lobby played a secret role in the documents’ release, the ADL said in a statement Wednesday. The claims originated on Arab and Islamic websites, according to the organization.
“Once again, as we saw with the 9/11 attacks and the financial meltdown, we are seeing yet another manifestation of the Big Lie against Jews and Israel,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, in a statement. “The WikiLeaks affair has given new life to the old conspiracy theories of underhanded Jewish and Israeli involvement in an event with significant repercussions for the U.S. and many nations around the world. The news is being exploited by conspiracy theorists, some world leaders, and various websites across the ideological spectrum to spread false and malicious conspiracy theories against Israel.”