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July 25, 2013 2

Iran’s Press TV Grants David Duke A Platform For Hate

For­mer Klan leader and anti-Semite David Duke pro­moted his new book and made a num­ber of egre­giously anti-Semitic state­ments on Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s English-language news net­work which fre­quently pro­vides a plat­form for anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theorists.david-duke-press-TV-July-25-2013

Although Duke briefly served in the Louisiana State Leg­is­la­ture, Press TV incor­rectly iden­ti­fied him as a “for­mer mem­ber, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.” Press TV then asked him to “assess” the U.S. Congress.

Invok­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies about Jew­ish con­trol of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, Duke answered that Con­gress “is totally in the hands of the Zion­ists. The Zion­ists con­trol the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, lock, stock, and barrel.”

Duke then went on to make sev­eral wide-ranging anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions that are con­sis­tent with his record and typ­i­cal of the views often espoused on Press TV:

  • “They con­trol our finances. They con­trol the Fed­eral Reserve. They con­trol the inter­na­tional banks…They con­trol the elite of Amer­ica through the con­trol of the Ivy League, where they dis­crim­i­nate against bet­ter qual­i­fied non-Jewish Americans.”
  • “They will do any­thing. These peo­ple are tyrants…It is Jew­ish trib­al­ism and racism, the fact that they sup­port each other and dis­crim­i­nate against non-Jews in media, in gov­ern­ment, in acad­e­mia and finance that has given them the supremacy in the West over the bank­ing sys­tem, over our media, over our gov­ern­ment and really over our finances and that of course has fueled the sup­port for the Zion­ist state of Israel and the cover-up of their crimes.”
  • Duke describes this sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol over all sec­tors of the United States as “the world’s great­est sin­gle problem.”  
  • He alleges “Jew­ish com­mu­nist” and “Zion­ist” con­trol over both America’s polit­i­cal left and polit­i­cal right and that “Amer­ica is just as oppressed and dam­aged and endan­gered by this Jew­ish extrem­ist power, this Zion­ist power, as the Pales­tini­ans are.”
  • “The real ter­ror­ist power in the world today is not Hezbol­lah, and it is not the Pales­tini­ans, and it’s not the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment. It is in fact Israel, which sup­ports all the real ter­ror­ism going on and the death of truly mil­lions of peo­ple in these insane wars for the power of Israel.”

Accord­ing to his inter­view with Press TV, Duke’s new book, titled The Secret Behind Com­mu­nism, exam­ines “the Jew­ish role in the ori­gins of the com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion in Rus­sia and how that Jew­ish suprema­cism and racism and eth­nic hatred against the Rus­sians fueled the great­est mass mur­der in the his­tory of the world.” He claims Jews “don’t want peo­ple to know about this huge holo­caust they were behind.”

In addi­tion to dis­sem­i­nat­ing its hate­ful mes­sag­ing on satel­lite TV net­works, its web­site, and social media, Press TV is now also live stream­ing on YouTube.

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July 24, 2013 0

Iran’s Anti-Semitic Press TV Now Live Streaming On YouTube

Update — Sep­tem­ber 18, 2013: His­pan TV, Iran’s Spanish-language net­work, fol­lows Press TV’s exam­ple by start­ing a live stream fea­ture on YouTube

Update — August 8, 2013: Press TV news­room direc­tor Hamid Reza Emadi today announced the cre­ation of a new YouTube chan­nel, one week after Press TV’s account had been sus­pended by the video shar­ing web­site. Press TV’s new chan­nel does not include the live stream fea­ture which appeared on their pre­vi­ous channel.

Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s English-language satel­lite news net­work that pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, has begun to live stream its media con­tent on the pop­u­lar video shar­ing web­site, YouTube. press-tv-youtube-live-anti-semitism

Press TV’s live YouTube feed, which orig­i­nates from the offi­cial Press TV Global News chan­nel, went live on July 23. Links to the YouTube page are pro­moted on Press TV’s Eng­lish– and Farsi– lan­guage websites.

The sta­tions broad­cast on YouTube comes at a time when the United States, the Euro­pean Union and other in the inter­na­tion­ally com­mu­nity are seek­ing to iso­late Iran by block­ing satel­lite trans­mis­sions by the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s state broad­caster that pro­duces Press TV.

While users have been able to access Press TV’s live stream directly through the network’s web­site, YouTube pro­vides the net­work a pop­u­lar new plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate its anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries to a world­wide audience.

Since E.U. and U.S. sanc­tions went into effect, IRIB and sup­port­ers of the Iran­ian regime have tried to bypass sanc­tions by pro­vid­ing lives feeds through iPhone and iPad apps and through inter­net stream­ing directly on the net­works’ websites.

ADL has con­tacted YouTube regard­ing con­cerns about Press TV using YouTube as a con­duit for the per­va­sive anti-Semitism the Iran­ian media out­let is known for.

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July 24, 2013 4

Foul Ball: Hate Speech, Twitter & Baseball

In the past week, the abil­ity to spread hate about eth­nic and reli­gious minori­ties in real time has twice played out on Twit­ter in the con­text of baseball. ryan-braun-twitter-hate

After Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers out­fielder Ryan Braun was sus­pended from Major League Base­ball for the remain­der of this sea­son for using per­for­mance enhanc­ing drugs, some Twit­ter users responded by post­ing dis­tinctly anti-Semitic messages.

Among the tweets that can be found when search­ing for Braun on Twit­ter are:

  • leave it to a jew to cheat the sys­tem, deceive peo­ple, then tar­nish other’s rep­u­ta­tions. Fuck you asshole
  • Ryan Braun jew’d us!
  • Ryan Braun didn’t make a mistake…he cheated, lied about it and than got caught…fuckin jew
  • Of course Ryan Braun was juiced out of his mind. How else could a Jew be that great at any­thing besides accounting

While anti-Semitic tweets about Braun did not start with his sus­pen­sion, the recent tweets fol­low a bar­rage of racist tweets in response to singer Marc Antony’s singing “God Bless Amer­ica” at Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in New York on July 16.

While Anthony is an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen of Puerto Rican descent, numer­ous offen­sive tweets made the rounds, say­ing  “shouldn’t an Amer­i­can be singing God Bless Amer­ica?” and imply­ing that Anthony is actu­ally from Mex­ico or Cuba, gen­er­ally assert­ing  any­one who is Latino in appear­ance is not inher­ently American.

ADL ardently sup­ports the right to free speech, but believes that social media and other Inter­net sites also have an oblig­a­tion to police their com­mu­ni­ties and con­front those who pro­mote anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of hate speech.

Twit­ter has no terms of ser­vice or com­mu­nity stan­dards that address aggres­sive or mali­cious behav­ior on the ser­vice. Addi­tion­ally, Twit­ter does not pro­vide even the most basic “Flag­ging” mech­a­nism for com­plaints which is widely used on the expe­ri­enced plat­forms run by Google and Facebook.

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