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SJP Member Appears On Press TV To Promote BDS Movement

Kumars Salehi, a mem­ber of New York University’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter, appeared last week on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work, to pro­mote the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment against Israel.kumars-salehi-sjp-presstv-iaw

Dur­ing the inter­view, Salehi claimed that BDS, “tar­gets the state of Israel, insti­tu­tions within Israel that refuse to be against their government’s poli­cies, as well as com­pa­nies that profit from the occu­pa­tion and Israel’s occu­pa­tion econ­omy.” Salehi made sure to also point out his sup­port for a full boy­cott of Israeli goods, stat­ing that the BDS cam­paign is against, “not just those prod­ucts that are made in the settlements.”

Press TV has emerged as the Iran­ian government’s pri­mary pro­pa­ganda tool to pro­mote a wide range of per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in Eng­lish to a world­wide audi­ence. Press TV has pro­vided a plat­form for some of the most well-known anti-Semites, includ­ing anti-Semite David Duke, anti-Semitic colum­nist Kevin Bar­rett, and Holocaust-denying book pub­lisher Michael San­tomauro, among others.

Salehi’s inter­view coin­cided with the start of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which is tak­ing place in var­i­ous cities around the world. SJP has orga­nized many IAW activ­i­ties in the U.S., includ­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion of mock evic­tion notices at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina, and North­east­ern University.

Dur­ing Salehi’s appear­ance last week, the program’s host described the U.S. Con­gress being “con­trolled by the likes of AIPAC and the other pro-Israel lob­bies” as a hur­dle to the suc­cess of BDS.

Salehi has appeared on Press TV at least four times since Decem­ber 2013. Dur­ing his Decem­ber inter­view, Salehi alleged that Israel is sab­o­tag­ing the ongo­ing peace nego­ti­a­tions in order “to con­tinue killing Palestinians”and build set­tle­ments in the West Bank.

  • James Koss, MD FAAEM

    I WAS IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES AS WELL AS ISRAEL PROPER.
    I SUPPORT THE BOYCOTT. THE ABUSE OF SECOND CLASS INDIVIDUALS VIA APARTHEID NEEDS TO STOP.
    SORRY FOR THE GOOD ISRAELIS WHO MAY SUFFER BUT THEY ARE OUTNUMBERED BY SUFFERING PALESTINIANS.

  • Art­stop

    One should con­sider a poll of the Pales­tini­ans of East Jerusalem in which only 30% want the PA to take over, and 40% actu­ally would go so far as to move into Israel if that were to hap­pen. On the ground the real­ity is that they know that they have bet­ter rights and free­doms, but in the media the pic­ture is being por­trayed quite differently.

    Salahi may say only to boy­cott those indus­tries which do not oppose the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, but we all know that is not what is hap­pen­ing. Even those who do oppose are also boy­cotted. He also makes it quite clear that the goal is not just to cre­ate two states, but to cre­ate one larger Arab state, in which (as has always been the case through­out his­tory) the Jews will be sec­ond class cit­i­zens, just as all non-Muslims are in Mus­lim nations.

  • Exclu­sive News

    Dear Jew­ish Anti-Defamation League and Abra­ham Foxman,

    You for­got to men­tion in your ADL blog post about SJP that Iran’s #PressTV also fea­tured White activist John de Nugent (cura­tor of the Leo Frank research library http://www.LeoFrank.org) dur­ing one of its pro­grams con­cern­ing a dis­cus­sion of the BDS move­ment. De Nugent pro­pounded the the­ory that Jew­ish dom­i­na­tion of the main­stream media of news and enter­tain­ment, will ulti­mately pre­vent the anti-Apartheid, Boy­cott, Divest­ment and sanc­tions efforts against Israel, from ever being suc­cess­ful. Along with this cen­tral theme of Jew­ish media dom­i­na­tion was the idea that the mass sur­veil­lance efforts by the US gov­ern­ment, will ensure that efforts against American-Israeli affairs will stay entrenched via black mail and scan­dal fiat against indi­vid­u­als opposed to the the US-Israel polit­i­cal alliance.