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Iran New Horizon Conference Draws U.S. Anti-Semites, Holocaust Deniers


Medea Ben­jamin par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence in Tehran

Update — 10/02/14: Read more about the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence and its U.S. and inter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants.

Iran kicked off its anti-America and anti-Israel New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence as the final part of the 13th Inter­na­tional Resis­tance Film Fes­ti­val in Tehran. The three-day con­fer­ence opened on Sep­tem­ber 29 and marks the sec­ond time Tehran has hosted the event. Accord­ing to orga­niz­ers, the event will include “tens of elite thinkers, philoso­phers, activists and politi­cians world­wide” who will dis­cuss and “expose” Zion­ist con­trol of the film indus­try and the influ­ence of the “Zion­ist lobby in America.”

As in the pre­vi­ous con­fer­ence, this year’s New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence has drawn the par­tic­i­pa­tion of sev­eral anti-Israel activists, anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers. A new pres­ence at the con­fer­ence is the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a so called Amer­i­can anti-war activist, Medea Ben­jamin, a co-founder of CODEPINK.

In addi­tion to Ben­jamin, the conference’s offi­cial web­site pub­lished the names of sev­eral Amer­i­can and inter­na­tional anti-Semites, anti-Israel activists and Holo­caust deniers that are expected to be in atten­dance, includ­ing Maria Poumier, a French con­spir­acy the­o­rist and Holo­caust denier; Clau­dio Moffa, an Ital­ian Holo­caust denier; Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV; Garth Porter, an anti-Israel jour­nal­ist; Pepe Esco­bar, a Brazil­ian anti-Israel jour­nal­ist; and Art Olivier, a for­mer elected offi­cial from Cal­i­for­nia and 9/11 con­spir­acy theorist.

More­over, Iran­ian news agen­cies have reported that a num­ber of other indi­vid­u­als are sched­uled to also attend the three-day con­fer­ence in Tehran. Iran­ian news agen­cies have reported the expected par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ali­son Weir, the  direc­tor of If Amer­i­cans Knew and the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, two grass­roots anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions; Ken O’Keefe, an anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist for­mer U.S. Marine and a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Press TV; Wayne Mad­sen, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist; Cyrus McGoldrick, the for­mer Civil Rights Man­ager for the New York chap­ter of Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions; Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the French anti-Semitic come­dian and the cre­ator of the anti-Semitic “quenelle” ges­ture; and Mark Sil­jan­der, a for­mer U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (R-MI) who was found guilty in 2010 of two fed­eral charges relat­ing to his ties to an Islamic char­ity alleged to have funded ter­ror­ist groups.

The con­fer­ence was opened with remarks by the per­sonal advi­sor to Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, Mohsen Ghomi, who boasted that the con­fer­ence itself is “the biggest threat to Zion­ists,” and that “Amer­i­can offi­cials are pup­pets of the Zion­ist lobby who are tak­ing advan­tage of Amer­i­can igno­rance.” Anti-Israel jour­nal­ist Garth Porter said dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion on Mon­day that the Mossad and CIA are respon­si­ble for man­u­fac­tur­ing the nuclear cri­sis with Iran.

The 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence comes on the heels of the 13th annual Inter­na­tional Resis­tance Film Fes­ti­val that ran in Tehran from Sep­tem­ber 22–29. The film fes­ti­val included sub­mis­sions from dozens of coun­tries, includ­ing Iran, North Korea, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, and was orga­nized by the Cin­e­matic Com­mu­nity of the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion and Sacred Defense and the Islamic Cul­ture and Rela­tions Organization.

  • His name is Gareth Porter and he’s so much more than an “anti-Israel jour­nal­ist”. He’s a life­long defender of the most illib­eral actors while work­ing to smear the US and Israel as grossly as pos­si­ble. Porter is an early genocide-denier — of the Cam­bo­dian geno­cide dur­ing the 70s.

  • João Manuel Gomes

    Remem­ber how the media told us that things would be dif­fer­ent when the “Come­dian” was replaced by “The Smil­ing Man” … Yep … noth­ing changed.

  • Miguel/מיכאל

    The speaker of the con­fer­ence “The Israelí Lobby in Spain” is Manuel Galiana Ros, mem­ber of “Democ­ra­cia Nacional” (National Democ­racy), a far-right and neo-nazi span­ish party:

    And he was the num­ber two of the list for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tion of may 2014:

  • Miguel/מיכאל

    Here more infor­ma­tion in eng­lish about “Democ­ra­cia Nacional”, a far-right and neo-nazi party which is a mem­ber Manuel Galiana Ros, one of the speak­ers of the conference:

    For a cou­ple of hours last Sat­ur­day, Rome became the epi­cen­tre of Euro­pean neo-fascism. At the Pineta Palace Hotel, far-right par­ties like Italy’s Forza Nuova, Greece’s Golden Dawn, Spain’s Democ­ra­cia Nacional, Germany’s National Demo­c­ra­tic Party (NPD) and the British National Party (BNP) got together in an attempt to “give a voice to the polit­i­cal pro­pos­als of those coun­tries that have been most affected by the aus­ter­ity mea­sures and by the dic­ta­tors of the Euro­pean institutions”.


    The first speaker was Manuel Can­du­ela, leader of Democ­ra­cia Nacional. Founded in 1995, the party picked up 0.05 per­cent of votes in Spain’s last elec­tions. But if being a racist is the kind of thing that impresses you, then you might be more enam­oured with Can­du­ela and his per­sonal his­tory. In his youth, the party leader was the lead singer of the Nazi-rock band División 250, and, in 1995, was charged with “illicit asso­ci­a­tion” for being a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi group Acción Radical.

    In 2007, his party made head­lines with the mur­der of Car­los Palomino, a 16-year-old anti-fascist. The teenager was stabbed to death in Madrid’s sub­way by the neo-Nazi mil­i­tant Josué Estébanez, who was then sen­tenced to 26 years in prison.

    Canduela’s speech touched on clas­si­cal themes from the extreme far-right rhetoric: the “eth­nic destruc­tion” of the nation caused by sav­age immi­grants; “the crime of abor­tion”, which kills mil­lions of inno­cent poten­tial patri­ots every year; the “destruc­tion of the tra­di­tional fam­ily”; and, of course, “the fight against the world order” that Zion­ists are try­ing to impose over Europe. He closed with a nos­tal­gic but ulti­mately mean­ing­less quote about how Spain was dif­fer­ent four decades ago: “When Franco died, Spain was the eighth indus­trial power in the world,” he said. “Forty years of democ­racy later, Spain is at num­ber 20.”


  • cap­i­tano

    The usual ADL inat­ten­tion to accu­rate report­ing. Among other things, Weir wasn’t there.

  • when the goy don’t behave as scripted

  • they­suck

    “A new pres­ence at the con­fer­ence is the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a so
    called Amer­i­can anti-war activist, Medea Ben­jamin, a co-founder of CODEPINK.”

    Ben­jamin is a dis­a­point­ment; her actions here are a betrayal of the prin­ci­ples that founded Code Pink. It’s impos­si­ble to think she doesn’t know bet­ter. FWIW Code Pink has drifted for a while, mak­ing some very ques­tion­able alliances along the way most founders do not

    Ben­jamin acts as a lure for left­ists in alter­na­tive sub­cul­tures to get entan­gled with anti-semite pol­i­tics with­out being informed who sup­ports this propaganda.

  • I am semetic

    what stu­pid peo­ple you are , you can­not see peo­ple sit and talk and dis­cuss in this free world.Israel kills more than 2500 peo­ple in Gaza..what ani­mal ‚cowrds,ant God Zion­ist are.

  • I am semetic

    The worse anti Semitic are Israel, as long as Israel kills and ia anti God,Moses and morals the whole world will come against Israel.Isreal is baby killer ant human­ity criminal.