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May 21, 2014 1

Holocaust Denial Movement Welcomes New Eric Hunt Film

Eric Hunt, a Holo­caust denier known for attack­ing Nobel Peace Prize win­ner Elie Wiesel, released a new Holo­caust denial film on May 11 titled The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax. eric-hunt-holocaust-treblinka-archaeology-hoax

Hunt’s new film, avail­able on YouTube, is a sup­posed “debunk­ing” of the doc­u­men­tary Tre­blinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, which aired on the Smith­son­ian Chan­nel in the U.S. and Chan­nel 5 in the UK.

In The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax, Hunt uses clips of Holo­caust sur­vivors’ tes­ti­monies from the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion Insti­tute for Visual His­tory and Edu­ca­tion (estab­lished by Steven Spiel­berg in 1994) to make his claim that gas cham­bers at Tre­blinka and Maj­danek, two camps Hunt vis­ited in mak­ing his film, were not used to sys­tem­at­i­cally kill Jews but rather were used as “life-saving shower rooms.”

Hunt sim­i­larly used such clips from sur­vivors in his pre­vi­ous films, includ­ing The Jew­ish Gas Cham­ber Hoax, which cre­ated buzz within the Holo­caust denial move­ment in March. He describes the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion Insti­tute for Visual His­tory and Edu­ca­tion as a “trea­sure trove for revisionists.”

Hunt pro­moted his film on the April 27 episode of Spin­gola Speaks, an online radio pro­gram hosted by anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist Deanna Spin­gola. Hunt elab­o­rated on claims he pre­sented in The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax, stat­ing that the Holo­caust is “a bla­tant hoax…a damned dirty hoax; it’s a big lie.”

While Hunt claims the Holo­caust is a “hoax,” he describes the death camps as “work camps” where the Jews got what they deserved. Hunt states that the Jews in the camps “were liv­ing off inter­est rates, usury, etc. and if you read Mein Kampf, of course, basi­cally Hitler said that they should be work­ing. They shouldn’t be liv­ing off peo­ple they’re scamming.”

In the inter­view, Hunt also calls for action against “the Holo­caust indus­try,” stat­ing, “I don’t under­stand why we don’t sue some of them. Why don’t we bring them to court and have them stand trial, have them explain them­selves?” He claims he has “actu­ally sued Spiel­berg over his Holo­caust lies.” Hunt also asks lis­ten­ers to con­tact Car­o­line Sturdy Colls, the foren­sic arche­ol­o­gist who appears in Tre­blinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, and to “hold her account­able for her hoaxing.”

In both The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax and in his inter­view with Spin­gola, Hunt alleges the sup­posed Jewish-controlled media has manip­u­lated pub­lic opin­ion to believe in the Holo­caust hoax as part of a larger con­spir­acy. Hunt also said that his next “doc­u­men­tary” will likely focus on this alleged Jew­ish con­trol of the media and will “blow the lid off of this Jew­ish Hol­ly­wood mafia involved in a lot of this propaganda.”

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May 15, 2014 7

“Jews Vs. Nazis” Drinking Game Controversy

An offen­sive new Holocaust-themed ver­sion of the pop­u­lar “beer pong” drink­ing game has become a sub­ject of intense dis­cus­sion online and in domes­tic and inter­na­tional media. The game, dubbed “Jews vs.Jews vs  Nazis beer pong drinking game Nazis,” is played by set­ting up two groups of cups, one in the shape of a swastika and the other in the shape of a Star of David.

While the game has report­edly been played across the coun­try in the last few years, the most recent instance came to light after a Twit­ter feed ded­i­cated to anony­mous high school con­fes­sions tweeted a photo of cups set up for “Jews vs. Nazis” on April 27. The photo, which appeared to be from a high school in Florida, was sub­se­quently retweeted 1,800 times, favor­ited over 3,000 times, and cov­ered by the local news.

There are doc­u­mented instances of “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong on var­i­ous social media sites going back to at least 2011. These pho­tos are fre­quently recir­cu­lated by peo­ple claim­ing they are from a recent event.

The photo from the sup­posed recent game actu­ally first appeared in March 2013 on Red­dit, a user-generated news site. It has since shown up on other blogs and web­sites where drink­ing games are a com­mon topic, as well as on a food blog and the web­site of a Col­orado radio sta­tion, which described five new ver­sions of beer pong for its lis­ten­ers to try.

The March 2013 photo, the most com­monly cir­cu­lated on social media, often also includes the game’s rules. In addi­tion to hav­ing the teams shape their cups into a swastika and a Star of David, the game’s over-the-top insen­si­tiv­i­ties include giv­ing the “Jews” the abil­ity to hide one of their cups as the “Anne Frank” cup and the “Nazis” the abil­ity to “Auschwitz” their oppo­nents, mean­ing that one of their play­ers must tem­porar­ily sit out.

Not only is this game pro­foundly offen­sive, its rules also encour­age anti-Semitism against the “Jew” team. The rules state: “Through­out the game you are sup­posed to talk a lot of s–t and say as many racist things as pos­si­ble to make it more enjoy­able. My Jew­ish friends actu­ally love this game haha.”

This game under­scores once more the crit­i­cal need for Holo­caust edu­ca­tion. A recent global poll on anti-Semitism con­ducted by ADL revealed that only a lit­tle more than half of the respon­dents had heard of the Holo­caust, though that num­ber was much higher in the U.S. where 89% of peo­ple acknowl­edged aware­ness of the Holocaust.

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May 15, 2014 1

Conference In Qatar Features Anti-Semitism and Pro-Terror Messages

The Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS) held a con­fer­ence ear­lier this week in the Qatari cap­i­tal of Doha called “Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Al-Aqsa: Between Con­spir­acy and Con­fronta­tion.” The day­long con­fer­ence, which took place on Sun­day, May 11, fea­tured speeches by the direc­tor of Hamas’s for­eign rela­tions depart­ment, Osama Ham­dan, who is based in Lebanon, and by rad­i­cal cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.qatar 2014 conference Al Aqsa

In his speech, Qaradawi reit­er­ated his past anti-Semitic remarks glo­ri­fy­ing the killing of Jews as part of the Islamic tradition.

Accord­ing to the IUMS web­site: “He [Qaradawi] deliv­ered the good news of Mus­lims’ vic­tory over Jews with evi­dence from the Qur’an and Sun­nah includ­ing the say­ing of the Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘The last hour would not come unless you fight the Jews and the stone, with a Jew behind it, would say: oh Mus­lim, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’”

Qaradawi also reit­er­ated his oppo­si­tion to Abdel Fat­tah Al-Sisi, the for­mer gen­eral who is poised to be elected as Egypt’s next pres­i­dent fol­low­ing elec­tions that will be held later this month. Qaradawi accused Al-Sisi – who led a coup against The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood–affil­i­ated pres­i­dent last year – of being the choice of the Jews. Accord­ing to IUMS’s web­site, Qaradawi also noted the “hap­pi­ness of the Jews” with the Egypt­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. He stated, “the Jews con­sider him their Sisi and not our Sisi.”

For his part, Ham­dan used the plat­form to pro­mote the use of vio­lence against Israel and deny Israel’s right to exist, say­ing “Time has come to encour­age Arabs and Mus­lims to fight for the lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine because rights can’t return with­out force.”

Ham­dan also said, “It’s shame­ful to for­get what was occu­pied in 1948, which is the major­ity of the land of Pales­tine,” and expressed hope that the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between Hamas and Fatah would lead to a “recon­sid­er­a­tion of the lib­er­a­tion project.”

IUMS is led by Qaradawi and is par­tially spon­sored by the Qatari gov­ern­ment. Qatar’s repeated pro­vi­sion of a plat­form for events marked by anti-Semitism and sup­port for ter­ror­ism calls into ques­tion the country’s claims to be a mod­er­ate and rea­son­able voice in the region. The con­fer­ence is also an exam­ple of the per­va­sive anti-Semitism that exists in the Mid­dle East and North Africa.

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