Around the Web: Debunked Stories and Conspiracy Theories
False Claims Surround Discovery of Tunnel at Chabad Synagogue
Reports claiming that a secret underground tunnel connected to the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn was used for child sex trafficking and other illicit activities are completely unfounded. These baseless allegations, which spread widely on social media, hint at long-standing antisemitic tropes and baseless conspiracy theories about child trafficking rings. While the exact purpose of the tunnel remains a subject of debate, there is no credible evidence to support the false claims being made online.
Controversy Surrounds Tunnel Construction
The construction of the tunnel at the Chabad headquarters has sparked controversy within the community. Some believe that the tunnel was part of an “expansion” plan envisioned by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the former head of the Chabad movement. However, many Chabad leaders reject this belief and consider it to be a schism within the movement. The tunnel’s existence had spread through the community in recent weeks, leading to sensationalism and errors in the media.
The Truth Behind the Claims
A brawl between police and worshippers at Chabad’s headquarters resulted in nine arrests. Charges issued in the case included criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and obstructing governmental administration. The NYPD has denied any claims of sex trafficking or other illicit activities, providing a list of charges issued in relation to the incident. It is important to separate fact from fiction and not to perpetuate false information.
Video Misinterpreted as Proof of Capitol Attack Inside Job
A video clip circulating online has been falsely interpreted as proof that liberals dressed up as supporters of former President Donald Trump to carry out the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In reality, the clip was filmed by comedians Walter Masterson and Peter Scattini, who posed as Trump-friendly reporters to create comedic content at the “Stop the Steal” rally. The footage shows them donning Trump paraphernalia and patriotic garb to blend in with the crowds, not to incite violence.
The Context of the Video
Masterson and Scattini’s intention for attending the rally was to document the events for their comedic videos and express their disbelief at the unfolding events. Their YouTube channels feature extensive footage of the day, including the clip that has been misinterpreted. It is crucial to understand the true context of the video and not to jump to false conclusions that perpetuate baseless conspiracy theories.
Read More of this Story at madison.com – 2024-01-14 16:30:00
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