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The Anti-Defamation League has been following the numerous conspiracy theories blaming Jews for the Columbia space shuttle disaster that have been floating around the Internet. And it’s not a pretty picture:

The online hate speech, tracked by the ADL on Web sites, chat rooms, bulletin boards and e-mails, includes allegations the US and Israel destroyed the Columbia to divert attention from the Iraq conflict, that Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon was a spy, and that Jews and Israelis were complicit in the shuttle’s downing in order to gain sympathy for Israel.

The extensive report includes examples of hate speech and conspiracy theories posted by Holocaust deniers, far-right-wing mailing list subscribers, terrorist groups, journalists from Arabic-language newspapers in the Mideast and in Europe, and even from journalists in Tokyo!

This stuff is disgusting but, unfortunately, not all that surprising. These nutcases, and the ones circulating conspiracy theories after September 11th, have been around for a long time. The only difference between today and 50 years ago is that the Internet gives them a forum and an audience for their views.

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Concordia Hillel will be holding a vigil in memory of the seven astronauts who lost their lives on the Columbia space shuttle. It will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon, at the Java U in the Hall building, for anyone who is interested.

Montreal/Israel In Brief also has an e-mail address for the family of Col. Ilan Ramon, for anyone who wishes to write and express their condolences. The IDF has opened a special e-mail address for these messages, so you can write to ilanfamily@mail.idf.il.

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What went wrong?

02.03.2003

Let the finger-pointing begin . . . WASHINGTON (AP) – Investigators looking into the space shuttle disaster will have a well-documented record of years past reflecting mounting safety concerns, tight budgets and shortages of key experts in the NASA program. A retired U.S. navy admiral who investigated the USS Cole bombing will head the independent […]

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Cause it’s next

02.01.2003

Mark Steyn writes that he expects that Americans will get through today’s tragedy, because they are tough (via LGF): Nonetheless, this will not be as traumatisingly mesmeric as the Challenger disaster. The yellow-ribbon era died with September 11: even if their television networks haven’t quite adjusted, Americans are tougher about these things; this is a […]

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Ilan Ramon

02.01.2003

IAF Col. Ilan Ramon, z”l (1954-2003) “Ramon was not just a pilot or astronaut. He was a symbol. A symbol of excellence and freedom, when Israel was undergoing one of the most difficult experiences of its life.” – Dan Gillerman, Israeli ambassador to the UN.

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In memory of the Columbia astronauts

02.01.2003

Forgive me for saying this, but in a strange way today feels like 9/11. Of course, there is no comparison between the horrid loss of over 3000 lives due to a cowardly terrorist attack, and the tragic loss of 7 astronauts due to a scientific error, accident, or malfunction. I wouldn’t even begin to equate […]

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Finding the right words

02.01.2003

It appears that I’m not the only one having a hard time finding the appropriate words for the Columbia disaster. At times like this, I often feel illiterate. Words never seem to be strong enough to express the appropriate emotions. The blogosphere is reacting. LGF’s Charles Johnson admits it’s not in him to be positive, […]

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Skiers killed in BC avalanche

02.01.2003

Lest this news be overshadowed by the Columbia tragedy, there was more tragic loss of life today. Six skiers were killed in an avalanche in British Columbia. More are missing. Just awful. Update: The death toll from this accident is now up to 7.

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Space Shuttle Columbia lost

02.01.2003

The Space Shuttle Columbia has been lost, and all seven astronauts aboard were killed – including Col. Ilan Ramon of the IDF, Israel’s first astronaut to fly into space. This is a horrible tragedy that is simply beyond words. Everyone is in shock, glued to CNN or a host of sources for updates and information. […]

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