The spectrum of reactions, as often happens, is varied. Conspiracy groups are anything but homogeneous entities, in which it is not uncommon to see seemingly very distant positions coexist. In these minutes, taking a look around Telegram, Gab, Parler and in general on the platforms most frequented by conspiracy fanatics means coming across comments and ideas that are theoretically in conflict with each other. (ISRAEL-HAMAS. THE SPECIAL – LIVE UPDATES)
There are those who are exploiting the crisis to criticize funding for Ukraine, which should – we read – be diverted to Israel. Many take up Donald Trump’s recent statement, which blames the Biden Administration for the derailment of a process with which “we had brought so much peace to the Middle East”.
The ongoing war makes memes accusing Barack Obama of sympathizing with extremist Islam come back into fashion, as do old tweets in which Trump spoke loudly about Iran.
Terrorism and immigration
Even more “political” are the posts of those who exploit the war to talk about very current issues in the United States, issues certainly at the center of the next presidential elections. Immigration, for example. Some users are raising the terrorism alarm in the West, stating – without citing any source – that Islamist lone wolves are ready to act in the main metropolises within fourteen months (sic). Not only that: according to some, terrorists could even infiltrate migrants arriving in the USA from the border with Mexico.
War and gun control
What does the war in Gaza have to do with gun control? It has something to do with it, at least according to some. “As the world watches the atrocities of the last few days,” writes a user on Gab, “it is notable that Israel does not have a Second Amendment similar to America’s and that private gun ownership among Israelis is low.” If Israeli citizens had been armed – this is the concept – they would have been able to defend themselves. It’s the old theory of the “good guy with a gun”, widely used in America by defenders of the right to bear arms: to stop armed criminals you need to arm honest citizens.
The resurgence of anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism, in circles close to the world of QAnon, is deep-rooted and widespread. It is therefore not surprising that there is an abundance of messages and posts that place all the blame for what happened on Israel. The many conspiracy fantasies that believe a phantom Jewish lobby is at the top of evil global plots are once again circulating. The individuals at the head of this lobby are always the same, George Soros above all. “The Jews are reaping what they have sown”, writes a user on Gab, “those who didn’t expect what happened don’t have good sources”. The belief that they “know it”, on the other hand, is common to practically all those who allow themselves to be attracted in the orbit of conspiracy theory.
Most of the posts you come across support the same belief: the Hamas attack is just a hoax, a misdirection plotted by Israel to justify heavy retaliation against Gaza. On the other hand, how is it possible that one of the most attentive intelligence agencies in the world was fooled? “The Israeli anti-missile system,” writes an ever-active QAnon follower on his blog, “was purposely deactivated and the entire assault seems more like a self-inflicted attack surgically orchestrated for strategic purposes.” The “analysis”, at this point, becomes mystical, and brings into play the Satanist tendencies of the so-called Deep State, uniting Judaism and Islam in a single evil plot: “More than a conflict, this appears like a ritual between two confessions religious women devoted to the same god, Baal, in a region where October has always been a month dedicated to human sacrifices in honor of Satan.”