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March 27, 2012

Revealing Images of “Global March to Jerusalem” in Tehran

The Union of Islamic World Students, an international Iranian government sponsored student group, released pictures on its website of the Asian delegation of the Global March to Jerusalem’s (GMJ) visit to Tehran last week.
The delegation left Indonesia on March 10 and plans to cross Israel’s borders and enter Jerusalem on March 30. The Asian delegation met with the president of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, and the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during its visit.
The pictures were taken during the delegation’s visit to the former U.S. embassy building in Tehran, which was raided in 1979 by the Islamic revolution supporters. Below are two pictures:  
GMJ members use images of Israeli officials with crosshairs superimposed over their faces as dartboards. Officials included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and President Shimon Peres.
A child wearing a Hezbollah cap at a reception for the GMJ delegation at the former U.S. embassy building.


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March 26, 2012

New Black Panther Party Enflames Trayvon Martin Incident

Update: New Black Panthers Organizing “National Day of Action” in Florida

The New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP), the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America, is offering a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed an African-American teenager in Florida last month.

Source: New Black Panther Party website

Mikhail Muhammad, the NBPP’s Florida representative, announced the reward during a protest in Sanford, Florida, on Saturday. He also indicated that the group’s national chairman, Malik Zulu Shabazz, was receiving donations from black entertainers and athletes. According to the group’s press release, the “goal is to increase the $10,000 reward up to $100,000.”

“[Zimmerman] should be fearful for his life,” Muhammad reportedly said. “You can’t keep killing black children.” In response to a question about whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
Trayvon Martin’s death, which is being investigated by the Justice Department, has become a national story and member of the NBPP are known for inserting themselves in and enflaming high profile, racially charged issues around the country.
Najee Muhammad
Prior to the NBPP’s announcement, Najee Muhammad, a former member of the group who now heads the Atlanta-based New Black Liberation Militia, announced his group’s plans to arrest Zimmerman and hand him over to federal authorities. “We’ll find him. We’ve got his mug shot and everything,” Najee Muhammad said on March 16.
Najee Muhammad, who served as the NBPP’s national field marshal, left the group a few years ago to form the New Black Liberation Militia and New Black Liberation Institute, which seeks to “ensure the survival of black people in the 21st century and beyond” and build a “strong black army to defend the back nation.” He describes himself as “The Top Student of Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad,” the virulently anti-Semitic former leader of the NBPP who died in February 2001.

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March 23, 2012

Turkish Ad Uses Footage of Hitler to Sell Shampoo

Adolf Hitler is the star of a Turkish commercial for men’s shampoo. The ad for Biomen, which is now appearing on Turkish television, features a video of Hitler angrily gesticulating, with a Turkish voiceover calling on men to purchase the shampoo. 
“If you’re not wearing women’s clothes, then you shouldn’t be wearing woman’s shampoo,” the voiceover says. “Here it is. A real man’s shampoo, Biomen.”
The ad is yet another example of how Holocaust-era images are used in advertising around the world, which contribute to the trivialization of and desensitization to the unparalleled horrors of the Holocaust.
Earlier this year, photos of a Nazi concentration camp were used in a promotional campaign for a Dubai gym, including an image of the railroad leading to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the slogan, “Kiss your calories goodbye.” After receiving complaints, the founder of The Circuit Factory gym in Dubai, Phil Parkinson, apologized and removed the photo.
In a letter to the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, ADL called on the Turkish government to condemn the ad. The Turkish Jewish community has also released the following statement:
“We follow with sadness and regret the use of Hitler figure in the Biomen Men Shampoo advertisement, which was brought to the screen in recent days.”

“Hitler, who massacred 6 Million Jews in gas chambers for the sole reason of being Jewish and also killed its mentally disabled citizens on the purpose of creating “a pure Arian race,” had created the darkest pages of the world history. Using him in an advertisement for whatever reason is an unacceptable situation and could not be accepted by us at all. This is beyond all ethics as well as a huge insult to human rights.”

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