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Israel's plague of 'conspiracism'
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Plaut, Steven
Date: Feb 2, 2006
Start Page: 16
Section: Opinion
Abstract (Document Summary)

Most of theories of conspiracists in Israel have been focused on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by Yigal Amir. The leading conspiracist about the Rabin murder has been the Canadian-born Israeli, Barry Chamish. Chamish insists that Yigal Amir fired blank bullets at Rabin, serving as patsy for a conspiracy of the Israeli secret service and intelligence services to murder Rabin at the direct orders of Shimon Peres. Chamish has a small band of followers spread around the globe.

Before inventing theories about Rabin's death, Chamish spent many years "documenting" the presence of UFOs and space aliens on earth. Chamish today is connected with several neo-Nazi and Holocaust revisionist organizations, which reprint his conspiracist articles. For instance, Chamish is listed as a columnist on the neo- Nazi Web site, which routinely promotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Holocaust denial materials such as The Myth of Auschwitz.

In contrast, the simple fact of the matter is that the Israeli conspiracists obsessed with proving that some nefarious conspiracy was behind the Rabin assassination have never produced a single shred of real evidence to back their theories. An Israeli court has convicted Yigal Amir of murder, and another did so on appeal. Virtually every question raised by the conspiracists about the Rabin assassination has by now been fully explained and answered:

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