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September 28, 2012 1

#AskFarrakhan Town Hall Meeting Features Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories

On Sep­tem­ber 26, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan held a town hall style meet­ing in which he pro­moted anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish polit­i­cal con­trol in Amer­ica and Jew­ish manip­u­la­tion of the Black community.

When asked by an indi­vid­ual par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing online if Amer­ica will “be forced to go to war with Iran,” Far­rakhan went into a rant about how pres­i­dents who “resist Israeli pres­sure… do not get away with it.” He con­tin­ued, “When you don’t vote the way they think you should vote, there’s no such thing as for­give­ness. They move to unseat you. Cyn­thia McK­in­ney, bril­liant sis­ter but she was not pro-Zionist, well she’s not in Con­gress… once you take an oppos­ing posi­tion, you have to pay a price.”

He then said that the Mon­ica Lewin­sky scan­dal was some­how a Jew­ish plot. “Bill Clin­ton refused to meet with an Israeli Prime Min­is­ter. The next thing you heard was Mon­ica Lewin­sky and all of those that were involved in scan­dal­iz­ing Bill Clin­ton, they hap­pened to be Zionists.”

Far­rakhan made it clear that he still blames Jews for what he per­ceives as a frag­mented Black com­mu­nity. “No Black artist becomes rich with­out hav­ing a friend­ship with the Jew­ish com­mu­nity.” He then noted that in order to keep Black role mod­els away from the NOI, Jews “make the world think I’m an enemy of Jew­ish peo­ple.” How­ever, he cred­ited Kanye West, a well-known rap­per, for mak­ing it pos­si­ble for a stu­dent group to attend the town hall meeting.

Dur­ing his remarks, Far­rakhan also men­tioned an Iranian-government spon­sored din­ner he attended in New York the pre­vi­ous day on the side­lines of the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly open­ing. This meet­ing between rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous faith-based com­mu­ni­ties and Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad  fea­tured a keynote speech in which Ahmadine­jad denounced America’s poli­cies on Iran’s nuclear pro­gram and blamed the anti-Islam film, Inno­cence of Mus­lims, on Zion­ists even though that has been clearly proved to be a lie.

When Far­rakhan was asked at his town hall meet­ing “Why is it that you seem to be friends with every­one that Amer­ica hates such as Cas­tro, Qaddafi and Ahmadine­jad?” Far­rakhan responded, “Evi­dently, America’s on the wrong side of his­tory. I’m a friend of those who fight to deliver the masses from oppression…So I’m in good com­pany.” Far­rakhan also attended a meet­ing with Ahmadine­jad in 2010.

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July 5, 2012 0

Iran Media Uses Erroneous But Widely Circulated Holocaust Myth To Deny Authenticity Of The Holocaust

A Iran­ian news web­site sym­pa­thetic to the regime in Tehran pub­lished an arti­cle deny­ing the Holo­caust by point­ing to an erro­neous Holo­caust story that claims the Nazis man­u­fac­tured soap from their Jew­ish vic­tims. For this web­site, Mashregh News, this dubi­ous story was all the evi­dence needed to prove that the Holo­caust is a myth and that it must be exposed as a his­tor­i­cal falsity.

The arti­cle is an exam­ple of an often-used tac­tic by neo-Nazi groups and promi­nent Holo­caust deniers. By their logic, if the soap story is a fab­ri­ca­tion, con­se­quently all his­tor­i­cal facts con­cern­ing the authen­tic­ity of the Holo­caust are noth­ing more than “Jew­ish myths” pro­moted by an “inter­na­tional Jew­ish organization.”

The cur­rent Iran­ian regime is no stranger to Holo­caust denial. Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad has called for “experts” to inves­ti­gate the verac­ity of the Holo­caust. In Decem­ber 2006, Iran played host to a Holo­caust denial con­fer­ence, “Review of the Holo­caust: Global Vision,” which was attended by a diverse group of anti-Semites, includ­ing neo-Nazi, rad­i­cal anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists, and Islamic fundamentalists.

One month prior, Iran’s Cul­ture Min­istry hosted a car­toon con­test that sought entries derid­ing Jews and mock­ing the Holo­caust. The win­ning car­toon was sub­mit­ted by a Moroc­can artist who depicted Israelis con­struct­ing a wall around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, with the pan­els of the wall reflect­ing an image of the infa­mous rail­way lead­ing to the gates of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Although Mashregh News is not directly affil­i­ated with or run by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, it nonethe­less staunchly pro­motes the government’s ide­ol­ogy and fea­tures arti­cles and inter­views with top offi­cials from the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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March 21, 2012 0

Senior Iranian Officials Endorse “Global March to Jerusalem”

The Asian wing of the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) arrived Sat­ur­day in Tehran, where a del­e­ga­tion from the con­voy met with the pres­i­dent of the Iran­ian par­lia­ment, Ali Lar­i­jani, and the Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad. The Asia GMJ con­voy began its jour­ney to Iran in Indone­sia on March 10.

Accord­ing to Iran­ian news sources, Lar­i­jani wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion of 120 con­voy mem­bers and affirmed Iran’s sup­port­ive stance towards the Pales­tin­ian cause. “We as Ira­ni­ans, can­not ignore the Pales­tin­ian issue,” he said, adding, “The Pales­tin­ian peo­ple have their legit­i­mate rights; the West and Amer­ica instead of rec­og­niz­ing these rights are try­ing to oblit­er­ate and ignore them.”

Iran’s con­tro­ver­sial nuclear pro­gram was among the top­ics Lar­i­jani dis­cussed with the del­e­ga­tion. Accus­ing “the ene­mies” of Iran of delib­er­ately gen­er­at­ing an inter­na­tional out­cry over the pro­gram, he asserted, “The U.S. is wrong if it believes that it can still impose its dom­i­na­tion over Mus­lim coun­tries, because Mus­lims have been awak­ened and the recent rev­o­lu­tions are an exam­ple of this Islamic Awak­en­ing.” Lar­i­jani also rejected homo­sex­u­al­ity as immoral and deviant, charg­ing that “the world is head­ing towards the end because of them.” Chal­leng­ing West­ern crit­i­cism of Iran’s human rights record, he added, “[The ene­mies] accuse us of not tak­ing human rights into account, while they ignore human rights vio­la­tions com­mit­ted by their cronies in the [Gulf] region.”

On Sun­day, GMJ mem­bers held a brief meet­ing with Ahmadine­jad, where he described the GMJ as a “his­toric movement.”

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