|Screenshot from IRINN’s “Apocalypse Now”|
The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), Iran’s state-run news channel, aired a program on June 13 repeating classic conspiracies about Jewish control of the film industry.
According to the Anti-Defamation League’s translation, the program – which aired between news segments – claimed that Hollywood uses “the theories of Secularism and the ideals of the Crusaders and Zionists to deceive the whole world, and the biggest deceit is to facilitate the ‘Zionification’ of the world.”
The narrator of the program, titled “Apocalypse Now,” claimed that a Jewish-Zionist conspiracy has taken root in Hollywood, namely, a conspiracy by Jewish filmmakers to “create a Zionist society out of the audience.”
This sinister plan, according to the program, was made possible by European Jewish immigrants who were the pioneers and architects of Hollywood. Films produced by Jewish studio heads cunningly insert the cultural ideals of Zionism into their productions, which they then “fed to the American masses.”
To advance its conspiratorial anti-Semitic narrative of Jewish control over the film industry, the program focused on the Jewish ancestry and origins of a series of studio founders, described as “Hollywood moguls.”
The program ended with an accusation that these “Hollywood Jews,” including the families of studio founders and well-known Jewish movie stars, have purposely changed their names from Jewish to “Christian” ones in order to conceal their unsavory links and the promotion of Zionist values and ideas in their films.
Iran’s state-run media has long acted as the clerical regime’s mouthpiece to disseminate anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Western sentiments.