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Anti-Semitic Iran Film Festival Appeals To U.S. Extremists

The Office of Cul­tural Stud­ies for the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, an Iran­ian non-governmental orga­ni­za­tion that enjoys sup­port from high-ranking offi­cials in the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, will hold the 4th annual Ammar Pop­u­lar Film Fes­ti­val (APFF) in Tehran from Jan­u­ary 3–11, 2014.ammar-film-festival-iran

The film fes­ti­val, which is named after one of the com­pan­ions of the Prophet Moham­mad, is solic­it­ing films on anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic top­ics. These include: “False-flag attacks: The Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, the role of the Zion­ist Lobby and neo­cons, the Israeli attack to USS Lib­erty,” “the power of the Zion­ist Lobby in the US and Europe, includ­ing Chris­t­ian Zion­ism,” “ The role of Israeli Lob­bies in pro­mot­ing war,” and “Resis­tance against Zion­ist, not only in Pales­tine but also in USA and Europe.” The best sub­mis­sions will be entered into a competition.

The afore­men­tioned cat­e­gories only appear on the festival’s Eng­lish lan­guage web­site, which may sug­gest that orga­niz­ers are specif­i­cally seek­ing sub­mis­sions from extrem­ists that have pre­vi­ously been given a plat­form in Iran.

Con­sid­er­ing the con­spir­a­to­r­ial top­ics for this year’s sub­mis­sions, it is no sur­prise that the APFF has attracted inter­est from anti-Semites from out­side Iran, includ­ing Amer­i­can anti-Semites such as Holo­caust denier Michael Hoff­man, the edi­tor of the con­spir­a­to­r­ial Vet­er­ans Today, Gor­don Duff, and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor Mark Glenn.

Amer­i­can anti-Semites have been fre­quent par­tic­i­pants in anti-Semitic and Holo­caust deny­ing con­fer­ences in Iran, often under the guise of pro­mot­ing cul­tural and aca­d­e­mic under­stand­ing.  They also fre­quently appear on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news network.

Last year’s APFF included a meet­ing with Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei who encour­aged the audi­ence to incor­po­rate polit­i­cal mes­sages into films. He stated, “…cer­tain orga­ni­za­tions which pro­mote west­ern art such as Hol­ly­wood are com­pletely polit­i­cal. If it is not like this, why do they not allow Iran­ian films which are anti-Zionist to be nom­i­nated at film festivals?”