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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.

  • Jan­ice Lenihan

    I sim­ply can­not under­stand why any­one, Mus­lim, Jew, or Chris­t­ian would even con­ceive of the idea that the Holo­caust did not hap­pen. It hap­pened. It hap­pened to mil­lions of peo­ple, Jews, the men­tally hand­i­capped, homo­sex­u­als, clergy, phys­i­cally hand­i­capped, and polit­i­cal pris­on­ers. Obvi­ously Weber is delu­sional. Unfor­tu­nately, even though he’s a few ants shy of a pic­nic, he can­not be ignored and most not be tol­er­ated. Per­haps Iran is the best place for him. If Iran per­sists in its push to bomb Israel, he might be squashed if Israel strikes first.

  • Sim­ple Simon

    Holo­caust denial hap­pens because peo­ple like to hurt Jew­ish peo­ple. There are lots of Anti Semeitic sick peo­ple who get thrills upset­ting oth­ers ‚and Holo­caust denial is easy to so when you just say ‘it didnt hap­pen’. Not many other mas­sacres (espe­cially with so much evi­dence) get dis­puted. It’s also a wayy to upset Jews with­out bash­ing and mur­der­ing them like Nazis did. My mum sur­vived it in Poland by being hid­den for 3 years start­ing at age 6 in 1942.

  • Jarvis

    The cre­ma­to­ries were actu­ally bak­eries. The Nazis baked fresh bread and pizza for the Jews. Also, Mark is right when he said the Holo­caust was just a secret pajama party.