B’nai B’rith has been informed by a senior U.N. official that 9/11 “truther” Annie Machon will not be a speaker at a June 6 briefing on “[saving] succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Last month, B’nai B’rith learned that the U.N. Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Relations section (DPI/NGO) and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations planned on including Machon in the panel discussion they were scheduled to host at U.N. headquarters in New York. B’nai B’rith wrote to both U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Swiss mission to urge that Machon be disinvited from the program.
Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer, has publically insisted that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job carried out by the U.S. government “as a pretext for war and… to erode our freedom,” as she was quoted as saying in a 2007 interview. She has also claimed that the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, was behind the 1994 bombing of Israel’s embassy in London, saying that a staged terror attack would help paint Palestinians in a negative light throughout the United Kingdom and undermine any public support for them.
B’nai B’rith had noted the extreme inappropriateness of an appearance by Machon at the United Nations. Her outrageous and offensive views do not deserve a prominent platform—let alone in the city most scarred by the horrific events of 9/11.