Zionist Occupation Government

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Zionist Occupation (also Occupied, Occupational) Government, or ZOG, is a term used to refer to the belief that the United States government is controlled by "Zionists".

In the context of a ZOG, the word Zionist may have several meanings. In many cases it is simply a sweeping euphemism for "Jew," meant to portray all Jews in a negative light as conniving and conspiratorial. In other cases it refers to a Jew who is thought to value the goals of Israel over the goals of the United States -- and more specifically who tries to leverage U.S. power inappropriately to further the goals of Israel or of Jews, as by utilizing U.S. military or economic power. For others the term Zionist is used more traditionally to mean anyone (in some cases even a non-Jew) who supports the idea of a Jewish state.

When used in reference to a ZOG, the term Zionist is often vague, derogatory, and meant to allude to a supposed international Jewish conspiracy (see The Protocols of the Elders of Zion).



The term is believed to derive from the text "Welcome to ZOG-World", written by the American neo-Nazi Eric Thomson in 1976. It appears to have first been brought to widespread attention in a December 27, 1984 article in the New York Times about robberies committed in California and Washington state by a white supremacist group, The Order. According to the newspaper, the crimes "were conducted to raise money for a war upon the United States Government, which the group calls "ZOG," or Zionist Occupation Government."

The OSB was an offshoot of the Aryan Nations, a group founded in the early 1970s by Richard G. Butler, who had been associated since the 1950s with another anti-Semitic group, the Church of Jesus Christ Christian. These groups trace their origins back to anti-Semitic activists such as Gerald L. K. Smith, and had some relations with the Ku Klux Klan. It seems likely that the term "Zionist Occupation Government" originated with the Aryan Nations. It was publicised extensively in its literature and the group moved into online communications at a very early stage: in December 1984, Newsweek magazine reported that the Aryan Nations had set up a bulletin board called "Aryan Nation Liberty Net" that offered information like the locations of Communist Party offices and "ZOG informers."

In 1996, Aryan Nations posted to its website an "Aryan Declaration of Independence," which declared, "the history of the present Zionist Occupied Government of the United States of America is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations... [all] having a direct object -the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states." Holding "the eradication of the White race and its culture" as "one of its foremost purposes," this "ZOG" is accused of relinquishing the "powers of government to private corporations, White traitors and ruling class Jewish families."

Since 1996 the expression has been picked up and used by various other anti-Semitic groups. A search with Google reveals 882 hits for "Zionist Occupied Government," and over 6,500 hits for articles containing both the words "ZOG" and "Zionist."

This word has also come to be used satirically (See Creedish Occupied Government! (, a website alleging the government is controlled by the Amish). The term has been adapted to other political contexts. Those on the political left have referred to the "Korporate Occupied Government." (See The Grassy Knoll ( In India there are references to the "Brahmin Occupied Government."

See also

External links

Websites claiming there is a ZOG

Websites discussing "ZOG" as a form of anti-Semitism


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