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July 25, 2013

Iran’s Press TV Grants David Duke A Platform For Hate

Former Klan leader and anti-Semite David Duke promoted his new book and made a number of egregiously anti-Semitic statements on Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language news network which frequently provides a platform for anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.david-duke-press-TV-July-25-2013

Although Duke briefly served in the Louisiana State Legislature, Press TV incorrectly identified him as a “former member, House of Representatives.” Press TV then asked him to “assess” the U.S. Congress.

Invoking anti-Semitic conspiracies about Jewish control of the American government, Duke answered that Congress “is totally in the hands of the Zionists. The Zionists control the American government, lock, stock, and barrel.”

Duke then went on to make several wide-ranging anti-Semitic allegations that are consistent with his record and typical of the views often espoused on Press TV:

  • “They control our finances. They control the Federal Reserve. They control the international banks…They control the elite of America through the control of the Ivy League, where they discriminate against better qualified non-Jewish Americans.”
  • “They will do anything. These people are tyrants…It is Jewish tribalism and racism, the fact that they support each other and discriminate against non-Jews in media, in government, in academia and finance that has given them the supremacy in the West over the banking system, over our media, over our government and really over our finances and that of course has fueled the support for the Zionist state of Israel and the cover-up of their crimes.”
  • Duke describes this supposed Jewish control over all sectors of the United States as “the world’s greatest single problem.”  
  • He alleges “Jewish communist” and “Zionist” control over both America’s political left and political right and that “America is just as oppressed and damaged and endangered by this Jewish extremist power, this Zionist power, as the Palestinians are.”
  • “The real terrorist power in the world today is not Hezbollah, and it is not the Palestinians, and it’s not the Syrian government. It is in fact Israel, which supports all the real terrorism going on and the death of truly millions of people in these insane wars for the power of Israel.”

According to his interview with Press TV, Duke’s new book, titled The Secret Behind Communism, examines “the Jewish role in the origins of the communist revolution in Russia and how that Jewish supremacism and racism and ethnic hatred against the Russians fueled the greatest mass murder in the history of the world.” He claims Jews “don’t want people to know about this huge holocaust they were behind.”

In addition to disseminating its hateful messaging on satellite TV networks, its website, and social media, Press TV is now also live streaming on YouTube.