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December 24, 2013

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

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

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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