2012 October » ADL Blogs
October 18, 2012

Holocaust Denier Mark Weber Invited to Tehran by Iranian Government

Since Iran’s Holocaust denial conference in 2006, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has continued to open his country’s doors for Holocaust deniers from around the world. In September, the regime hosted Mark Weber, director of the California-based Institute for Historical Review (IHR), a pseudo-academic organization that considers the Holocaust to be a hoax perpetrated by Jews for political and financial gains.

During Weber’s visit to Iran, he was given multiple platforms to espouse his hateful conspiratorial views and was also honored with a meeting with President Ahmadinejad himself.

Weber discussed his 10-day trip to Iran during a September IHR meeting near Los Angeles. According to Weber, his visit included a television interview, a lecture to 800 college students in Tehran, and participation in a film festival organized by Iran’s Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Culture. Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language propaganda network, described the film festival as promoting films that examine subjects such as “the role of Zionist lobbies in the European and US crises” and “a world without Zionism.”

Weber also gave a lecture to college students in Tehran titled “The Zionist Lobby in America.” In the talk, Weber claimed that the Israel lobby uses its power to promote interests “different than those and contrary to those of the vast majority of people in that country and the vast majority of people around the world.” He stated that the “Jewish Zionist grip of the United States” manifests its power “in promoting policies that break down traditional values, traditional ethics, and justice” and that societal problems ranging from abortion to murder can be traced to the supposedly Jewish media pushing such policies.

Weber specifically mentions the Anti-Defamation League’s work fighting bigotry and discrimination as part of a larger plot by the “Zionist lobby to break the religious and ethnic sense of cohesion” in America.

Weber’s visit to Iran in an official capacity underscores both Weber’s and the regime’s commitment to propagating anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

October 17, 2012

White Supremacist Jared Taylor’s Speech at Texas A&M Is Sponsored by Neo-Nazi

Preston Wigginton

Preston Wigginton, a 48-year-old neo-Nazi and former racist skinhead, is sponsoring a speech by white supremacist Jared Taylor at Texas A&M University on October 23, 2012.  In an announcement about the speech, Taylor claims that there are “ongoing efforts to displace white Texans at the university” and refers readers to a Texas A&M report that discusses racial diversity.

This will be the second time this month that Taylor has been invited to speak at a college campus. In early October, he spoke at Towson University in Maryland about the “legitimacy of white racial consciousness” at the behest of the White Student Union.

Wigginton is a familiar figure at Texas A&M, where he is a former student. In January 2012, he held a demonstration at the campus against Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.

In the past, Wigginton has brought other controversial figures to the campus. In fall 2007, he sponsored an appearance at Texas A&M by Nick Griffin, who was then the head of the ultra-right British National Party (BNP), a party that attracted many neo-Nazis.  Griffin spoke on the spread of Islam in Europe in a speech titled, “Islam, Terror and Western Civilization.”

Earlier that year, Wigginton also had the idea to bring Taylor to campus to speak about diversity issues at the school. Wigginton claimed he had attended a diversity symposium set up to address racial tension at Texas A&M and he then challenged the Associate Provost of Diversity at Texas A&M to debate Taylor. The campus paper The Battalion reported that Wigginton held a 2-by-4 foot sign to promote the debate, which did not take place.

Wigginton is also virulently anti-immigrant. In November 2005, he organized and funded a lecture tour for anti-immigration activist Frosty Wooldridge. The tour covered five Texas universities, including Texas A&M. The purpose of Wooldridge’s tour was to gather signatures on a petition against Texas House Bill 1403, which gave children of undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition rates if they had graduated from a Texas high school and lived in the state for three years.

In addition to living in Texas, Wigginton has spent a lot of time in Russia. In 2007, he addressed thousands of Russian nationalists at the Russian March, which promoted Russian nationalism and attacked non-white immigration. The participants gave Nazi salutes at the march and shouted, “White power.”  Shortly after this event Wigginton forged ties with Alexander Belov, an anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant nationalist in Russia.  In addition, that year Wigginton spoke at an annual memorial rally in Sweden in honor of a 17-year-old neo-Nazi who was killed by non-Swedes in 2000.

Wigginton was also active in racist skinhead circles. In 2005, he attended a racist skinhead Hammerfest in Draketown, Georgia, and won the “World’s Strongest Skinhead Competition.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

October 17, 2012

Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference Attracts Major Anti-Immigrant Figures

Despite claims by Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) to be a “progressive” and “environmental” organization, the appearance of several anti-immigrant activists at PFIR’s third annual conference in Washington, DC, earlier this month, further confirms that the group is firmly entrenched in the anti-immigrant movement.

Photos of the conference on the group Facebook page show Roy Beck, head of the Virginia-based anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, in the audience. Beck is the former Washington editor of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton. During the years Beck was working as the Washington editor of TSC, the journal published the writings of known white supremacists such as Sam Francis and Jared Taylor. Beck also spoke at the 1997 national conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization.

Another picture taken at the PFIR conference shows John Rohe, vice-president of philanthropy and secretary at the Colcom Foundation, in attendance. Rohe is reportedly a close friend of Tanton, and worked with him at Tanton’s U.S., Inc. organization in Michigan for a number of years.  Rohe even authored Tanton’s biography. The Colcom foundation is the premier funder of the anti-immigrant movement in the United States, and has donated millions of dollars a year to anti-immigrant groups such as PFIR, U.S., Inc., NumbersUSA and many others.

A third key anti-immigrant figure identified at the PFIR conference is Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, the chair of the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). CAPS reportedly received money from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that promotes the study of eugenics, in 2002. DeYoung is behind a push this year to get more recognition for CAPS. The group aired ads during the Democratic and Republican conventions and launched a number of new projects in 2012.

PFIR’s claim to legitimacy in the environmental movement continues to unravel. Its website states, “Indeed, it is hard to think of a single environmental problem that is not made significantly worse by population growth, or that could not be more effectively met if we could stabilize or reduce our population.” As this quote indicates, the group’s real agenda is to cite immigration as the major source of environmental problems in the United States.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,