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May 3, 2013 2

Alison Weir Laments On “Jewish Power” To Anti-Semitic Newspaper

Ali­son Weir, the direc­tor of two orga­ni­za­tions that try to steer pub­lic sup­port away from Israel and traf­fic in con­spir­acy the­o­ries about the Jew­ish state, gave an inter­view ear­lier this week lament­ing the allegedly all-powerful “Israel lobby.”alison-weir-american-free-press-podcast

Weir’s inter­view was with the Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), a Wash­ing­ton, DC-based conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.

Dur­ing the pod­cast inter­view, titled “AIPAC Slaps Amer­ica in the Face, Again,” Weir claimed that the “Israel lobby” is pres­sur­ing Con­gress not to reduce for­eign aid to Israel despite seques­tra­tion and seem­ingly is uncon­cerned with the fact that the money could oth­er­wise be spent on domes­tic projects that would ben­e­fit Amer­i­cans. She alleged that the lobby sup­presses any oppo­si­tion to Israel, Zion­ism or “Jew­ish power.”

Her inter­viewer, Dave Gahary, read­ily agreed with her, call­ing her analy­sis “ter­rific” and reit­er­at­ing that there is strong evi­dence of “Jew­ish power.” He pointed to Jews’ “con­trol” of Hol­ly­wood and Weir agreed, say­ing that it’s an “inside joke” in LA that Jews con­trol Hol­ly­wood. She also defended Helen Thomas’s anti-Semitic remarks and claimed that Jewish-Americans are “very pow­er­ful in pol­i­tics.” Weir even reflected that she was uncom­fort­able her­self talk­ing about the sub­ject in a pub­lic broad­cast because it is “taboo.”

At one point dur­ing the inter­view, Gahary rhetor­i­cally asked “why should we have to hide dis­cus­sions about Jews or Jew­ish power? We shouldn’t. We should be able to say what­ever we want.” Weir agreed, assert­ing that even when peo­ple apol­o­gize for mak­ing anti-Semitic com­ments, their apolo­gies are some­times deemed insuf­fi­cient and they have to “grovel and grovel and grovel.”

It is not the first time that anti-Israel ide­o­logues have appeared on Amer­i­can Free Press. In August 2012, Rebecca Vilkomer­son, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Jew­ish Voice for Peace, was inter­viewed by AFP to pro­mote JVP and the group’s boy­cott cam­paign against Israel. The par­ents of Rachel Cor­rie, a young activist who was killed while protest­ing Israeli pol­icy in Gaza, and Yis­roel Dovid Weiss, the spokesper­son for the ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta, have also been inter­viewed by AFP in recent years.

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February 5, 2013 1

Iran “Hollywoodism” Conference Partners With U.S. & International Anti-Semites, Conspiracy Theorists

Iran’s third “Hol­ly­wood­ism” con­fer­ence, cur­rently under­way in Tehran, is part­ner­ing with a num­ber of Amer­i­can and inter­na­tional anti-Semites and con­spir­acy theorists.

The con­fer­ence, part of Iran’s annual Fajr Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, includes ses­sions on how Zion­ists and their allies in the West use the film indus­try to pro­mote neg­a­tive views of Iran and pro­voke reli­gious con­flicts around the globe.

The offi­cial logo for the con­fer­ence, which fur­ther strength­ens alliances between anti-Semites and con­spir­acy the­o­rists and the Iran­ian regime, com­bines the Star of David with Masonic imagery.

Iran’s “Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Hol­ly­wood­ism and Cinema”

Iran­ian Deputy Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance Javad Sham­agh­dari said in his open­ing state­ment at the con­fer­ence on Feb­ru­ary 2 that since before World War I, some Hol­ly­wood films “have been formed and pro­duced” from the “Zion­ist point of view, whose doc­trines and beliefs have been institutionalized.”

Sham­agh­dari also invoked the con­spir­a­to­r­ial claims that Hol­ly­wood is “prac­ti­cally in the duty of the Zion­ist and White House.”

In a sep­a­rate state­ment, the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance Moham­mad Hos­seini warned the Amer­i­can peo­ple of their alliance with Zion­ism, and claimed that the “White House’s lead­ers play a main role in the artis­tic pol­icy for Hol­ly­wood.” Hos­seini also said that he believes Hol­ly­wood and the film indus­try is under a “hid­den man­age­ment that is lead­ing the eco­nomic, busi­ness, research­ing and the­o­riz­ing centers.”

A promi­nent par­tic­i­pant in the con­fer­ence is French come­dian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose acts rou­tinely include Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes and other anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The con­fer­ence web­site iden­ti­fies a list of “part­ners” that includes sev­eral Amer­i­can and inter­na­tional anti-Semites and anti-Israel activists and orga­ni­za­tions. The list includes:

  • Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP): A Wash­ing­ton, DC-based conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.  He also pub­lishes The Barnes Review, a Holo­caust denial journal.
  • Amer­i­cana Pic­tures: A Tennessee-based film com­pany run by Mer­lin Miller, who ran as the 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (recently re-named the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party. Miller has par­tic­i­pated in pre­vi­ous Iran­ian film festivals.
  • Mike Gravel: A for­mer sen­a­tor and con­gress­man from Alaska who was a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 2007. Gravel has some ties to AFP. He par­tic­i­pated on a panel at the June 2003 AFP/Barnes Review con­fer­ence. In addi­tion, Gravel has ques­tioned the role of the U.S. gov­ern­ment in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Truth Jihad: A web­site and Inter­net radio show run by Kevin Bar­rett, a for­mer instruc­tor at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison, and an anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist. He is a co-founder of Mus­lims for 9/11 Truth, which con­sists mostly of a blog that refutes the idea that any Mus­lims were behind the 9/11 attacks.  Bar­rett uses his radio show to offer a plat­form to 9/11 anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theorists.
  • James Fet­zer: One of the co-founders of Schol­ars for 9/11 Truth, an orga­ni­za­tion that is com­posed of aca­d­e­mics and oth­ers who believe that the U.S. gov­ern­ment played a role in the 9/11 attacks. He is also another colum­nist for the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today and has writ­ten  two arti­cles for the Op-Ed News site in which he pro­motes anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy theories.
  • The Coun­cil for the National Inter­est (CNI): CNI is anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion that opposes U.S. aid to Israel and dis­sem­i­nates demo­niz­ing pro­pa­ganda about Israel to aca­d­e­mic, politi­cians, and other audi­ences. CNI is led by Ali­son Weir, a promi­nent voice in the anti-Israel move­ment who often char­ac­ter­izes the Jew­ish state as a vio­lent aggressor.

The con­fer­ence demon­strates, once again, that Iran at the fore­front of pro­mot­ing clas­si­cal anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries.

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September 11, 2012 9

Press TV: Zionists “Masterminded” the 9/11 Attacks

David Duke in a tele­phone inter­view on Press TV

As we com­mem­o­rate the 11th anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks, con­spir­acy the­o­ries sur­round­ing the per­pe­tra­tors and alleged cover-up still abound. These the­o­ries range from the idea that the destruc­tion of the World Trade Cen­ter was a “false flag” oper­a­tion in which the U.S. gov­ern­ment attacked its cit­i­zens to pro­vide an excuse for war, to the notion that Jews and/or Israelis per­pe­trated the attacks and then pointed the fin­ger at Islamic extremists.

Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate its ide­ol­ogy to the English-speaking world, exploited the anniver­sary to espouse anti-Semitic ”expla­na­tions” of what hap­pened on 9/11 in three arti­cles pub­lished on their web­site today.

The first, an inter­view with for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, served as an oppor­tu­nity for Duke to flesh out his anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­ory that Israel was respon­si­ble for 9/11. When Duke was asked if he believes 9/11 was an “inside job,” he responded: “There are Israeli fin­ger­prints all over the whole 9/11 aspect…Israel has a long record of ter­ror­ism against America…there are a lot of rea­sons that Israel wanted 9/11 to hap­pen.” In addi­tion to blam­ing Israel for per­pe­trat­ing the attacks, Duke also claimed Jews and/or Israel are respon­si­ble for a num­ber of Amer­i­can poli­cies and world events. He stated, for exam­ple, that the Iraq war was merely the result of Zion­ist con­trol. “The Zion­ists orches­trated and cre­ated this war in the media, the gov­ern­ment, and inter­na­tional finance,” he said.

Press TV also inter­viewed Mark Dankof, a con­trib­u­tor to the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic news­pa­per Amer­i­can Free Press. In the inter­view, titled “Zion­ists mas­ter­minded, co-plotted 9/11 attacks,” Dankof explic­itly accuses “Zion­ists” of per­pe­trat­ing the attacks. When asked by the inter­viewer whether it’s likely the U.S. will rein­ves­ti­gate the attacks, Dankof replies:

“It is not going to hap­pen because the peo­ple who per­pe­trated [9/11] are the same peo­ple who con­trol the news media and have a dispro­por­tion­ate influ­ence in Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy through var­i­ous think tanks and so forth, that are aligned with the nation of Israel.”

Dankof also states that he agrees with the out­spo­ken 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alan Sabrosky that “9/11 was an Israeli Mossad inside oper­a­tion from start to fin­ish — one hun­dred per­cent. Period.” Dankof adds that if oth­ers look into 9/11, they will find that:

“Israel had the motive, they had the means, they had the oppor­tu­nity, they had the money, they had the resources, they had the inside con­tacts and they had the people in the Amer­i­can media and the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment to cover it up for them after the fact.”

A third arti­cle posted today, a reprint­ing of com­ments made by Iran­ian pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadinejad about 9/11, was sim­i­larly con­spir­a­to­r­ial. Ahmadine­jad, accord­ing to the tran­script pro­vided by Press TV, stated that the sanc­tity of the media has been “destroyed” by Zion­ists and that the events sur­round­ing 9/11 and the sub­se­quent American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were the result of a “media oper­a­tion.” His com­ments, though some­what vague and inco­her­ent, seem to imply that the “Zion­ists” cor­rupted the media which in turn has led to U.S. poli­cies in the Mid­dle East that are per­ceived to ben­e­fit Israel.

Press TV has a his­tory of pro­mot­ing offen­sive and unsub­stan­ti­ated the­o­ries on 9/11 behind the veneer of pro­vid­ing legit­i­mate news cov­er­age. In doing so, they also pro­vide a plat­form for those who espouse such the­o­ries and lend legit­i­macy to them.

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