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February 23, 2016 76

Holocaust Denier Bradley Smith’s Legacy of Lies

Holo­caust denier Bradley Smith, the founder of the Com­mit­tee for Open Debate on the Holo­caust (CODOH), died on Feb­ru­ary 18, 2016, his 86th birth­day. Smith’s last­ing impact is appar­ent in his peers’ reac­tion to his death – and in the con­tin­ued efforts of the orga­ni­za­tions he cre­ated to pro­mote dan­ger­ous Holo­caust denial the­o­ries. Smith’s acolytes and fel­low Holo­caust deniers rushed to eulo­gize him in the days fol­low­ing his death.bradley-smith-report-logo

Smith was one of the orig­i­nal Holo­caust deniers – an aging group that included Willis Carto, who died in Octo­ber and was buried in Arling­ton National Ceme­tery in Feb­ru­ary amid con­sid­er­able con­tro­versy. Smith denied every fact about the Holo­caust: He dis­counted the num­ber of mur­ders, he dis­missed the gas cham­bers as “false,” and he ques­tioned the exis­tence of a planned “Final Solution.”

Smith had an eclec­tic, lit­er­ary – even pro­gres­sive – young adult­hood, and did not engage in so-called “revi­sion­ism” until he was nearly 50, when he read a copy of Robert Faurrison’s “The Prob­lem of the Gas Cham­bers.”  The pam­phlet, as Smith recalled in his mem­oir, “Con­fes­sions of a Holo­caust Revi­sion­ist,” changed his life. From that moment on, Smith’s Holo­caust denial was absolute – he refuted every piece of evi­dence that was pre­sented to him, from eye­wit­ness tes­ti­mony to pho­tographs of the con­cen­tra­tion camps to his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments – and he was deter­mined to share his new beliefs widely, espe­cially on col­lege campuses.

David Cole, who also pro­moted Holo­caust denial on cam­pus in the 1990s, wrote this about Smith: “…He made his mark. Whether they know if it or not, those today who cam­paign for free speech on col­lege cam­puses… all use tech­niques Bradley helped pio­neer. Cam­pus news­pa­per ads dis­guised as op-eds, cal­cu­lat­edly provoca­tive speak­ing tours, pit­ting stu­dent ide­al­ists against ide­o­logues… Bradley did it first.”

From 1987 to 2001, CODOH ran the Cam­pus Project, Smith’s attempt to fuel Holo­caust denial on uni­ver­sity cam­puses by plac­ing essay-length ads in more than 350 stu­dent news­pa­pers. Smith’s efforts set off heated First Amend­ment debates nationwide.committee-for-open-debate-on-the-holocaust-codoh-logo

In his homage to Smith, Holo­caust denier Arthur Butz, a pro­fes­sor of elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing at North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity and author of “The Hoax of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury,” wrote of CODOH: “I call it a great suc­cess, because [Smith’s] kitchen-table oper­a­tion has grown into the prin­ci­pal cen­ter of revi­sion­ism, pub­lish­ing, post­ing or link­ing to arti­cles in sev­eral lan­guages and pro­vid­ing out­lets for peo­ple who make wor­thy con­tri­bu­tions… Con­grat­u­la­tions and R.I.P., Bradley, for a life that made a difference!”

Holo­caust denier Ger­mar Rudolf, a long­time Smith col­lab­o­ra­tor, added these words of praise: “Bradley’s legacy is mon­u­men­tal. Among revi­sion­ists, there are few who have achieved as much as he has… He almost single-handedly made his own nation lis­ten to the revi­sion­ist mes­sage, in spite of all estab­lish­ment attempts to silence him.”

Smith’s impact reached beyond his peers to every­day “revi­sion­ists.” On the day after his death, an anony­mous com­menter posted con­do­lences on the CODOH web­site:  “Though I never knew him per­son­ally, I have read a bit of his work… May he rest well know­ing that he lived a accom­plished life fight­ing the wicked goliath that sends waves of prop­a­ga­tion far…”

In recent years, Smith seemed deter­mined to con­tinue his work – and shore up his hate­ful legacy. In March 2015, he announced the cre­ation of a new Holo­caust denial web­site, A Light on Cam­pus, which fea­tures the tagline: “As a stu­dent, with regards to the Holo­caust nar­ra­tive, you are being directed by aca­d­e­mic taboo rather than intel­lec­tual free­dom and a free press. Do you want to con­tinue to sup­port this taboo, or con­front it?”

Even in the week lead­ing up to his death, Smith was mak­ing noise: On Feb­ru­ary 10, 2016, Jew­ish stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Ver­mont received an email ques­tion­ing the record keep­ing at Auschwitz and claim­ing that one of the camp’s cre­ma­to­ri­ums was con­structed after World War II. The mes­sage was signed by Bradley Smith.

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February 18, 2016 4

Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan Finds Receptive Audience In Iran


Far­rakhan meet­ing with Grand Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Jannati

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan was pro­vided with an oppor­tu­nity to pro­mote his typ­i­cal anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries last week in Iran.

Far­rakhan was a “spe­cial guest” at mul­ti­ple high-level events and met with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials includ­ing Grand Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Jan­nati and for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter Ali Akbar Velay­ati. Far­rakhan was also report­edly the guest of honor at a cer­e­mony unveil­ing a new drone, dur­ing which Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani was present.

Far­rakhan pre­vi­ously met with Rouhani at a 2013 event orga­nized by the Iran­ian del­e­ga­tion on the side­lines of the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly (UNGA) and vis­ited Iran in 1996.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence after an event mark­ing the 37th anniver­sary of the Iran­ian rev­o­lu­tion, Far­rakhan stated, “When­ever Amer­ica wants to destroy a nation, a peo­ple, they must first demo­nize them, and the Zionist-controlled media in Amer­ica has cho­sen to demo­nize Iran.” He added, “Not because Iran is a demon but the demon is the demonizer.”

Accord­ing to the NOI’s Final Call news­pa­per, Far­rakhan also claimed Jews con­spire to divide Mus­lims. Far­rakhan said, “I call [this group of Jews] the Syn­a­gogue of Satan…In the book of Rev­e­la­tions, it reads, those who say they are Jews and are not, I will make them of the Syn­a­gogue of Satan. And they are work­ing day and night to destroy any unity among Muslims.”


Far­rakhan speak­ing to Iran­ian media

Iran­ian media out­lets pub­lished Farrakhan’s com­ments from the press con­fer­ence about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol of the U.S. media and sup­posed Jew­ish plots to under­mine Mus­lim unity, giv­ing his anti-Semitism broader reach.

It is no sur­prise that Far­rakhan would invoke anti-Semitism dur­ing what the NOI is refer­ring to as “a spe­cial, his­toric pre-Saviours’ Day trip.” Sav­iours’ Day, which takes place Feb­ru­ary 18–21, is one of Farrakhan’s largest plat­forms for anti-Semitism.

Dur­ing last year’s Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon (Part 2), Far­rakhan stated, “It is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks… It now appears that 9/11 was a false flag oper­a­tion… We know that many Jews received a text mes­sage not to come to work on Sep­tem­ber 11.” He also claimed that Israel con­stantly acts against America’s inter­ests, but “they don’t fear Amer­ica because they con­trol it from within.”

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January 26, 2016 4

Outpouring of Anti-Israel Tweets After NBA Coach David Blatt Fired

After the fir­ing of the NBA’s Cleve­land Cav­a­liers head coach David Blatt, some social media users responded by post­ing vehe­mently anti-Israel, and some anti-Jewish, per­sonal attacks against Blatt, who holds both Israeli and Amer­i­can citizenship.

Hos­tile ver­bal attacks on indi­vid­u­als for being Israeli cit­i­zens or sup­port­ers of Israel appear to have become more com­mon­place in recent years both online and offline as well as some look to demo­nize the Jew­ish state in any way possible.

Below are just a few exam­ples from the dozens of social media posts per­son­ally attack­ing Blatt regard­ing his cit­i­zen­ship or reli­gious iden­tity rather than dis­cussing his abil­i­ties as a coach:















This is not the first time such open hos­til­ity against Israelis or Jews in sports has been expressed in such an ugly fash­ion on social media. After Israeli bas­ket­ball team Mac­cabi Tel Aviv beat Real Madrid in the Euroleague final in 2014, there was an out­pour­ing of anti-Semitic mes­sages on Twit­ter. Twit­ter also erupted with anti-Semitic com­men­tary after Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers out­fielder Ryan Braun was sus­pended from Major League Base­ball in 2013.

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