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September 26, 2017 4:26 pm

San Jose State University Library Hosts ‘Raging Antisemite’ Who Blames Zionist Jews for 9/11

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San Jose State University. Photo: David Schmitz.

A well-known conspiracy theorist who claims Israeli and Zionist Jews planned the 9/11 terror attacks spoke at San Jose State University’s flagship library on Saturday, despite strong objections from Jewish faculty members, The Algemeiner has learned.

Christopher Bollyn, described as “a raging anti-Semite” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, lectured at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library — which is jointly run by SJSU and the city of San Jose — about the alleged role of Israeli and American Zionists in orchestrating “false flag” attacks on the World Trade Center. Nearly two dozen people were in attendance, according to an SJSU professor who gave The Algemeiner an account of the event on condition of anonymity.

Bollyn’s beliefs are well recorded. In his 2012 book Solving 9/11: The Deception that Changed the World, Bollyn called the 9/11 attacks “a monstrous Jewish-Zionist crime of our time,” whose culprits were “being protected by a gang of like-minded Jewish Zionists in the highest positions of the U.S. government.”

Despite this, in a now-removed listing on SJSU’s events calendar promoting his appearance (cache available here), Bollyn was only described as an “independent researcher, investigative journalist, and author.”

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Jonathan Roth, a history professor at SJSU, told The Algemeiner that Bollyn’s talk was booked by Candice McGee — the university’s meeting room, exhibits, and administrative specialist — and approved by both Tracy Elliott, the dean of the university library, and Jill Bourne, the city of San Jose’s chief library director.

In his talk, Bollyn accused Israel of carrying out the 9/11 attacks with UN complicity and then blaming the attacks on Muslim terrorists to launch a fraudulent “War on Terror” and reshape the Middle East. He also argued that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — which Pakistani-Palestinian terrorist Ramzi Ahmed Yousef was convicted of masterminding — was a “false flag” operation organized by the FBI and wrongly blamed on Muslims.

Bollyn claimed that the “Israeli military command” controlled Washington’s public response to the 9/11 attacks — choosing to push a false narrative that radical Islamic terrorists were responsible for them — and created fake histories for hijackers.

According to Bollyn, this charge was advanced with the help of the Project for the New American Century, a now-defunct conservative think tank founded by William (Bill) Kristol and Robert Kagan, as well as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and their allies, the “Jewish neo-cons” in the US and Israeli governments.

Bollyn — who also spoke of the “Zionist Freemason Organization” and frequently invoked the Rothschild family — charged that accusations of antisemitism are wrongly used to stop discussion of these alleged events.

Roth told The Algemeiner that, according to its Customer Conduct Policy, the SJSU library does not allow its users to engage in racial or verbal abuse. “Saying that the Jews or Israel or the Zionists [carried out the 9/11 attacks] is racial, verbal abuse, in my opinion,” he observed. “They could have canceled it.”

The professor first noticed a poster promoting Bollyn’s talk while visiting the library on September 20, the eve of Rosh Hashanah. “I lived in New York and I knew a lot of people who lived through 9/11,” Roth said, “and I thought it was outrageous that the university is hosting this guy.”

Roth registered his concerns that afternoon with SJSU and library officials including Elliott, Bourne, McGee, SJSU president Mary Papazian and chief diversity officer Kathleen Wong(Lau).

In email correspondence obtained by The Algemeiner, Roth directed the officials to an advisory by the Anti-Defamation League identifying Bollyn as “an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist” and asked them to cancel the event. He cautioned that Bollyn’s talk would not be well received by the Jewish community, which he planned to engage if SJSU failed to take action.

Roth said he got a call from the president’s office that evening, indicating that the event was being studied but would likely proceed as planned. Shortly afterward, a fellow faculty member pointed out that the listing of the talk was removed from SJSU’s events calendar.

Believing that the university had decided to reverse course, Roth expressed his appreciation and relief in an email to Papazian, Elliott, Bourne, Wong(Lau) and SJSU’s chief academic officer, Andy Feinstein. He also asked Elliott and Wong(Lau) to meet with him and other members of the Jewish Faculty and Staff Association (JFSA), “to discuss how we can prevent this sort of thing from getting quite so far, and also to work on better communication with the Jewish community.”

“I note that timely communication was a serious problem with our last anti-Semitic incident, the swastikas in the dorm,” Roth wrote, referring to antisemitic vandalism that took place on campus in 2016.

He was notified the following day by Jaye Bailey, SJSU’s chief of staff and vice president for organizational development, that “the University has not cancelled the event.”

Roth said that the JFSA then decided not to openly protest Bollyn’s talk, partly because it did not have sufficient time to prepare and partly because it did not want to draw attention to it.

“I can understand them not making a public statement beforehand, so as not to advertise it,” Roth said of the president’s office, “but since it happened, [Papazian] hasn’t made any statement, either to the university as a whole or to the Jewish community through Hillel or through the Jewish Faculty and Staff Association.”

“I feel like if this had been any other ethnic group or any other gender group or sexual orientation group, that the university would’ve made some sort of statement” disavowing the event, even if they allowed it to go on, Roth added.

“They did not communicate with us well,” he continued. “They didn’t bring the Jewish community into this in any way, shape, or form. I really feel like we’ve been thrown under the bus. That antisemitism is really not seen in the same category as …racism or sexism or homophobia.”

“I don’t think any of the people involved are antisemitic,” Roth noted. “But I do think there is a kind of feeling that it doesn’t rise to the same level.”

He recalled casually informing a lecturer at SJSU that Bollyn was coming to campus to argue “that the Jews and Israel manufactured 9/11.” The lecturer, who Roth declined to identify, responded by asking, “Does he have good evidence?”

“There may be people on the staff and faculty who think that it’s at least theoretically possible that the Jews and Israel would’ve done this, which in itself is very disturbing,” Roth said.

Multiple requests for comment from SJSU were unanswered by press time.

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  • /megakook/

    Yeh none of us out here talk about Aliens and shape-shifters, just about criminal jews and the crimes we have exposed them for. As long as you participate in covering for them you can be held as equally complicit as them. Hence the pogroms.

  • Diaz’s packed bowl

    Did you know Bollyn is married to an Israeli? I guess he’s not only anti semitic but crazy, since he married an Israeli.

  • Thought is Free

    Bollyn is clearly a total nut case, as are all conspiracy theorists who spout their garbage with no basis whatsoever. It is sad that the SJSU Library has been sucked in to his madness. It’s management must be crazy to have willingly become involved with this insanity, but it’s of a kind commonly displayed by the loony left. The whole lot should be fired as unfit.

  • Mark Wisan

    Very well put.

  • ahad_ha_amoratsim

    Of course there’s no evidence. That just proves how well organized and scary the conspiracy is.

    • stannadel

      Okay, it being the season for atonement I confess, we do rule the world–

  • Gnomercy

    Now that the mask is off, it’s clear how little difference there is between International Socialists and National Socialists.

    • Elizabeth Schwartz

      What does anything here have to do with socialism? If you can’t stick to the topic of anti-Semitism, why should the anti-Semites? Don’t we need to focus? Do you think the Nazis asked about politics when they were herding Jews into the showers?

  • Metadoc

    After an interview with Bollyn on KSFR in Santa Fe the Jewish community rallied to complain to the station. The hosts of the broadcast had been long-time show hosts on the station. The station board and management had the good sense to throw the entire show off the air after the hosts not only didn’t dispute Bollyn’s assertions, but encouraged them. Perhaps SJSU will consider a similar type of action? For the Santa Fe experience see

    • /megakook/

      How do you expect the hosts to dispute Bollyn’s assertions? With argumentation or just vacuous ad-hominem? What kind of response would have satisfied you my dearest Jewish Lord? How about throwing you in the gas oven whilst whistling to Wagner?

  • Metadoc

    It was an interview with Christopher Bollyn that got a longstanding KSFR show thrown off the air 1.5 years ago in Santa Fe. KSFR had the guts to take action after such anti-Semitic garbage was espoused by Bollyn and encouraged by his radio hosts. Perhaps SJSU can find a way to make a similar statement? See the Santa Fe info at

  • walt kovacs

    not exactly sure why algemeiner is upset simply at his appearance at sj state, when this guy has been on a constant world tour, since the mid 2000s and has spoken at a number of venues, which include colleges, libraries and churches
    it is interesting to note that despite his alleged anti-war credentials, he fully supports russian operations in the mideast
    would be interesting to see where his funding is coming from
    would not be surprised to find monies from russian oligarchs and mobsters

  • Guy is a total crackpot. The ‘Rothschild’ family WAS a powerful family TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO. In the 1700s. Now there are TONS of billionaires such as Bill Gatess, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos etc that are wealthier than all the rothchild’s put together. This guy is a total loon if he thinks Israel or ‘zionist jews’ did 9/11. I guess Osama Bin Laden himself was just a paid actor…cause he admitted it on numerous videos. Moron.

  • Karl

    I don’t know if Christopher Bollyn is good or bad, but I ==do== know that the SPLC is a money raising racketeering organization. The SPLC has accumulated a $300 million endowment to help its executives live luxuriously in Mississippi while guys like Solomon Gaviria give their lives to protect the Hebrew people. Shame on the SPLC!

  • Barry Kravette

    Another feather in the cap of the state university system.The p.c.and extreme left have taken over the system.Jewish parents do not send your kids into this rotten system

    • walt kovacs

      he speaks everywhere, usually by hiding the purpose of these talks until the last minute
      on sept 21, he spoke at the richmond district branch of the sf pub library system…by simply having a local resident sponsor the talk and claiming a connection to the summer of love program

  • Israel bashers are invited to speak at some college campuses because most administrators believe there is a difference between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism. It’s fashionable in many circles to separate Jews from Israel. However, the Jewish people are historically tied to Israel, and those who hate Israel, hate Jews. And Anti-Zionism is unadulterated Jew-hatred.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Any student who attends SJSU and anyone who works for SJSU is part of the problem. We need an absolute boycott. The uni must be destroyed.