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December 24, 2013 0

Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa TV Starts Broadcasting From Istanbul

The Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood launched a new tele­vi­sion sta­tion on Decem­ber 20, 2013, in Istan­bul, Turkey. The new sta­tion, Rabaa TV, will broad­cast news about the Mus­lim world in Ara­bic and claims it will be a “plat­form for freedom.”

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Rabaa TV logo

To kick off the net­work, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ide­o­logue and out­spo­ken sup­porter of ter­ror­ist groups, made an appear­ance on the station’s inau­gural broad­cast. Qaradawi, has been vocally opposed to the mil­i­tary takeover of Egypt in July, call­ing the inci­dent a “coup that raped the office of the Egypt­ian president.”   

The network’s name, Rabaa, refers to the name of the Cairo mosque where pro-Brotherhood demon­stra­tors were faced with vio­lence by secu­rity forces after weeks of protests. Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan, who wel­comed the Brotherhood’s ascen­sion to power fol­low­ing the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion, has been out­spo­ken in his sup­port for for­mer Broth­er­hood leader, Mohamed Morsi.

The com­ing days will tell if the chan­nel will embrace pre­vi­ous anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives fea­tured in other Mus­lim Broth­er­hood media outlets.

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November 13, 2013 2

Iran’s Press TV Claims American Jews Are “Incubating Another Hitler”

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Screen­shot from Bhat’s Press TV article

Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work, has taken its usual viciously anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries a step fur­ther. It now claims not only that Jews are to blame for the Holo­caust, but also that because Jews did not learn from their sup­posed wrongs in Nazi Ger­many that “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” are “incu­bat­ing another Hitler.”

The Novem­ber 9 arti­cle, “Amer­i­can Zion­ists incu­bat­ing another Hitler,” was writ­ten by a Press TV colum­nist named M.I. Bhat, who also writes for the con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today. The Press TV piece was addi­tion­ally pub­lished two days ear­lier in Vet­er­ans Today under the title “Are Amer­i­can Jews incu­bat­ing another Hitler?”

In both arti­cles, Bhat claims that “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” con­trol America’s “banks, Wall Street, media, Hol­ly­wood, mar­kets, politi­cians, for­eign pol­icy, indeed the whole life of Amer­i­cans.” The arti­cle also asserts that the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks were a “false flag” attack com­mit­ted by “Amer­i­can Zion­ist Jews and Israel” to fur­ther their con­trol of Amer­i­can for­eign policy.

Bhat alleges it is “no more a ‘con­spir­acy the­ory’” to state that “Amer­i­can Con­gress and Sen­ate, Gov­er­nors and even City May­ors [sic] are totally and abjectly sold out, body and soul, to the Amer­i­can Zion­ists dol­lars.” He sum­ma­rizes matter-of-factly that “Amer­ica is enslaved by Israel.”

It is typ­i­cal for Press TV to mis­lead­ingly present anti-Semites, both Amer­i­can and for­eign, as seri­ous and cred­i­ble “experts” or “ana­lysts.” Bhat, a retired geol­ogy pro­fes­sor from an Indian uni­ver­sity, does not appear to have any cre­den­tials in the field of “inter­na­tional pol­i­tics,” claim­ing only that such top­ics are his “main attrac­tion” after geology.

Bhat makes no attempt to hide his con­spir­a­to­r­ial think­ing about the sup­pos­edly Zion­ist “Mas­ters of the United States.” He claims this cabal con­trols “democ­racy itself” which has “been reduced to mere com­pe­ti­tion in secur­ing Jew­ish fund­ing and accep­tance by Zion­ist media.”

Bhat does not stop there.

He alleges that Amer­i­cans can trace “every mis­ery” to “Amer­i­can Zion­ists banksters,” who spend their time “deter­min­ing, dom­i­nat­ing, and con­trol­ling every aspect of [Amer­i­cans’] lives– social, moral, polit­i­cal judi­cial and economic.”

Bhat’s over-the-top con­spir­acy the­o­ries are actu­ally quite typ­i­cal of the anti-Jewish pro­pa­ganda ped­dled by Press TV as legit­i­mate news. How­ever, Bhat then goes a step fur­ther, accept­ing the Nazi regime’s anti-Jewish con­spir­acy the­o­ries as his­tor­i­cal fact and blam­ing the Jew­ish vic­tims of the Holo­caust for their fate.

He dis­turbingly con­cludes his arti­cle by imply­ing another Holo­caust is com­ing, this time to Amer­i­can Jews. Bhat writes, “how neatly this descrip­tion [of how Jew­ish con­trol and manip­u­la­tion resulted in all of Germany’s ills] depicts the cur­rent state of affairs of the United States! …Zion­ists don’t seem to draw any lessons from their past actions and expe­ri­ences.” Bhat asks, “If descrip­tion above [sic] of the post-WWI Ger­many is what led the Ger­mans to rally behind Hitler, should it then sur­prise Zion­ists or the world at large if Amer­ica pops up its own Hitler?”

The arti­cle also fea­tures an image of the Nazi regime’s bat­tle flag in which the swastika has been replaced with the Star of David.

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September 17, 2013 6

Hitler As Pitchman In Saudi Satellite Station Ad Campaign

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Screen­shot of MBC ad

Update — 9/23/13: Accord­ing to an arti­cle pub­lished on the Ara­bian Busi­ness web­site, a spokesper­son for MBC said that the ad has been removed.

The Mid­dle East Broad­cast­ing Cen­ter (MBC), a Saudi-owned com­pany based in Dubai that oper­ates sev­eral satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tions, is using Hitler and Nazi imagery in its lat­est adver­tise­ment cam­paign. The use of such imagery con­tributes to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of and desen­si­ti­za­tion to the unpar­al­leled hor­rors of the Holocaust.

The ad, air­ing on var­i­ous MBC sta­tions, uses clips from the 2009 Quentin Taran­tino film Inglou­ri­ous Bas­terds where Hitler is speak­ing to other Nazis in room. The Ara­bic sub­ti­tles added by MBC Action to the clip focus on the station’s new pro­gram­ming dur­ing the month of Sep­tem­ber. “Look into the achieve­ments of MBC Action,” the sub­ti­tles read. “They will con­trol the entire region. They are prepar­ing for a cam­paign called “Sep­tem­ber to Remember.”

The ad is yet another exam­ple of how offen­sive Hitler and Nazi imagery occa­sion­ally appears in adver­tis­ing around the world.

In March 2012, film footage of Adolf Hitler was used in a Turk­ish com­mer­cial for men’s sham­poo. The ad for Bio­men, which appeared on Turk­ish tele­vi­sion, fea­tured a video of Hitler angrily ges­tic­u­lat­ing, with a Turk­ish voiceover call­ing on men to pur­chase the sham­poo. The Hitler sham­poo ads were pulled after pub­lic and gov­ern­ment pres­sure on the adver­tiser in Turkey.

Ear­lier in 2012, pho­tos of a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp were used in a pro­mo­tional cam­paign for a Dubai gym, includ­ing an image of the rail­road lead­ing to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the slo­gan, “Kiss your calo­ries good­bye.” After receiv­ing com­plaints, the founder of The Cir­cuit Fac­tory gym in Dubai, Phil Parkin­son, apol­o­gized and removed the photo.

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