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UFO update: can the poison of anti-Semitism wreck years of pristine research into UFOs?

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UFO update: can the poison of anti-Semitism wreck years of pristine research into UFOs?
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Sherry Baker

What do anti-Semitism and UFOlogy have in common? Plenty, say experts like James Moseley, a long-time observer of the UFO scene and publisher of the irreverent newsletter, Saucer Smear. Indeed, for almost as long as UFO buffs have searched the night sky, a few outrageous souls have claimed the existence of a superrace of aliens in the image of the Aryan ideal. What's more, some fringe members of the UFO movement have "communed" with aliens prone to trashing Jews.

According to Moseley, anti-Jewish sentiments first crept into UFOlogy in the 1950s when self-proclaimed contactees like George Adamski and George Hunt Williamson described blond, blue-eyed aliens in line with the Nazi ideal. Later, William Dudley Pelley, head of the U.S.-based fascist Silver Shirts, tied his anti-Semitic philosophy to Aryan aliens as well.

These sour notes have crescendoed through the modern-day world of UFOlogy, too. Since 1989, for instance, a bald, nine-and-a-half-foot-tall alien named Hatonn has allegedly been communicating--through a channeler, of course--with West Coast publisher George Green.

The gist of the communiques? Hatonn claims that "so-called Jews are descendants of Khazars, a Mongolian, nomadic tribe." In fact, according to The Trillion Dollar Lie, the book supposedly "channeled" by a Tehachapi, California, grandmother named Doris Ekker, Hatonn rants that the horrors of the Holocaust never occurred, at least not in the sense that history books contend. Instead, the alleged Pleiadian, citing as his source the incendiary and highly anti-Semitic piece of human propaganda, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, asserts the evils of a group of "elite Zionists" bent on ruling the world.

In fact, although the Protocols document was long ago proven to be a turn-of-the century fabrication created by anti-Semitic czarist secret police--it was later used by Nazis to rationalize genocide in Hitler's Germany--George Green insists it's factual. "The adversary only tells the truth up to a point," Green claims Hatonn has told him. Pointing to other "truth" revealed by the blue-eyed, blond-haired alien, Green says that Hatonn has also stated that Hitler escaped to Antarctica at the end of World War II and that the original George Bush was replaced by a synthetic humanoid.

Another suspicious note, meanwhile, has been sounded by conspiracy theorist William Cooper, formerly of U.S. Naval Intelligence. In his book Behold a Pale Horse (Light Technology Publishing), Cooper invokes The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion as proof that organized secret societies, including people of many races and nationalities, are planning to use the invented threat of E.T.'s to help them destroy governments and religions and take over the world.

Needless to say, Alan Schwartz, research director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, is unimpressed. "Linking The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion to UFOs and plots to take over the world is bizarre, destructive, hateful nonsense," Schwartz contends. "The notion that The Protocols has any grain of truth in it has been refuted by scholars and legal courts around the world."

John Timmerman, vice president of public relations for the Chicago-based Center for UFO Studies, is annoyed as well. "These fringe elements in UFOlogy contaminate a field where we are trying to find pristine information, "Timmerman states. "However, serious research has been able to sidestep the idiotic material that is permeating much of the written literature on UFOs. Cool heads, I'm happy to say, will prevail."


Harvard psychiatrist John Mack says UFO abductees should avoid debunkers like the plague. "It's fine to study abductees and present a skeptical point of view," Mack says. But those who criticize abductees can be vicious about it, Mack believes--so much so that their verbal attacks amount to abuse. In fact, Mack contends, UFO abductees are a legitimate minority group whose rights are violated at every turn.

Mack is so incensed over the treatment his abductee/patients have received that he suggests they no longer come in contact with debunkers at all. Putting debunkers on TV shows with abductees, according to Mack, "is like interviewing Holocaust survivors along with skeptics who say the Holocaust never occurred."

Still, political scientist and minority-rights expert Opuku Agyeman of Montclair State College in New Jersey hesitates to put abductees in the same class as a legitimate minority. He says that just making people feel uncomfortable for holding a particular view does not violate their rights; it's an example of free speech. Abductees would be considered a bona fide minority, he states, only if their views were called deplorable and unacceptable and if they were punished as a result.

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