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Iran’s Press TV Gives Voice to Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theorists

Mark Glenn, a con­trib­u­tor to the anti-Semitic, conspiracy-oriented pub­li­ca­tion Amer­i­can Free Press, was inter­viewed on March 11 by Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion, Press TV. Dur­ing the inter­view, Glenn claimed that the suf­fer­ing inflicted on the Pales­tini­ans by Israel is greater than the atroc­i­ties Jews faced dur­ing the Holocaust.
Glenn, who sub­scribes to and pro­motes numer­ous anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, also said that “ Israel’s exis­tence is totally depen­dent upon keep­ing the peo­ple around her divided, squab­bling,” and that “sym­pa­thy [for the Holo­caust] has now extended itself way beyond its shelf life.”
Press TV, head­quar­tered in Tehran, has long embraced extrem­ist ele­ments and activists and pro­vided a plat­form for them to air their views and opin­ions, many of which reflect Iran’s world­view. Like Glenn. many of the guests inter­viewed by the sta­tion are known for their con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Israel views.
For exam­ple, Ali­son Weir, pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est (CNI) and If Amer­i­cans Knew, two anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion that opposes U.S. aid and sup­port to Israel, was inter­viewed by Press TV regard­ing the 2012 Amer­i­can Israel Pub­lic Affairs Com­mit­tee (AIPAC) con­fer­ence. “AIPAC is very dan­ger­ous to the world and it’s espe­cially dan­ger­ous for Amer­i­cans,” Weir said in the exclu­sive interview.
Another fre­quent guest on Press TV and ally of the Iran­ian regime is Imam Abdul Musa, the head of the Masjid Al Islam Mosque in Wash­ing­ton D.C. and founder of Sabiqun, an anti-Semitic Mus­lim group advo­cat­ing for a global Islamic state. In a 2010 inter­view, Alim Musa claimed that the Israeli Mossad and the U.S. gov­ern­ment were behind most acts of ter­ror­ism, and has fre­quently called the U.S. gov­ern­ment “Zion­ist occupied.”