How a Deranged Conspiracy Theory Inspired Japan to Try to Create a Jewish State in Manchuria

Sept. 15 2021

During the Russian Civil War, forces loyal to the deposed tsar found themselves fighting alongside the Japanese, and introduced them to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. This notorious anti-Semitic forgery would in turn shape a generation of imperial Japanese officers’ thinking about Jews. Convinced that it could use the Jews’ supposed global power, wealth, and shrewdness to its own ends, Japan eventually hatched a scheme to create a Jewish state in Manchuria. Dara Horn tells this story, replete with bizarre twists and turns, and explains what it says about the strange roles Jews can play in the non-Jewish imagination—which often have little to do with Jews themselves. In other words, this episode isn’t so different from those that are the subject of her recent book. (Audio, 49 minutes.)

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Japan, Protocols of the Elders of Zion

In Yemen, Iran Is Preparing for Its Next War with Israel

Sept. 20 2021

In the past few weeks, Houthi rebels backed by Iran have escalated their attacks on Saudi and Emirati positions in Yemen. On September 4, they also launched multiple ballistic-missile and drone attacks on several Aramco facilities within Saudi Arabia. The U.S. removed some of its anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia a week later, rendering the kingdom even more vulnerable. The Houthis—who mark every missile and drone launch by chanting their slogan, “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam!”—are part of the network of militias and proxy groups Tehran dubs the “axis of resistance,” which also operate in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. Michael Segall writes:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hizballah, Iran, Israeli Security, Saudi Arabia, Yemen