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October 1, 2014 9

Iran New Horizon Conference Draws U.S. Anti-Semites, Holocaust Deniers

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Medea Ben­jamin par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence in Tehran

Update — 10/02/14: Read more about the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence and its U.S. and inter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants.

Iran kicked off its anti-America and anti-Israel New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence as the final part of the 13th Inter­na­tional Resis­tance Film Fes­ti­val in Tehran. The three-day con­fer­ence opened on Sep­tem­ber 29 and marks the sec­ond time Tehran has hosted the event. Accord­ing to orga­niz­ers, the event will include “tens of elite thinkers, philoso­phers, activists and politi­cians world­wide” who will dis­cuss and “expose” Zion­ist con­trol of the film indus­try and the influ­ence of the “Zion­ist lobby in America.”

As in the pre­vi­ous con­fer­ence, this year’s New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence has drawn the par­tic­i­pa­tion of sev­eral anti-Israel activists, anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers. A new pres­ence at the con­fer­ence is the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a so called Amer­i­can anti-war activist, Medea Ben­jamin, a co-founder of CODEPINK.

In addi­tion to Ben­jamin, the conference’s offi­cial web­site pub­lished the names of sev­eral Amer­i­can and inter­na­tional anti-Semites, anti-Israel activists and Holo­caust deniers that are expected to be in atten­dance, includ­ing Maria Poumier, a French con­spir­acy the­o­rist and Holo­caust denier; Clau­dio Moffa, an Ital­ian Holo­caust denier; Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV; Garth Porter, an anti-Israel jour­nal­ist; Pepe Esco­bar, a Brazil­ian anti-Israel jour­nal­ist; and Art Olivier, a for­mer elected offi­cial from Cal­i­for­nia and 9/11 con­spir­acy theorist.

More­over, Iran­ian news agen­cies have reported that a num­ber of other indi­vid­u­als are sched­uled to also attend the three-day con­fer­ence in Tehran. Iran­ian news agen­cies have reported the expected par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ali­son Weir, the  direc­tor of If Amer­i­cans Knew and the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, two grass­roots anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions; Ken O’Keefe, an anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist for­mer U.S. Marine and a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Press TV; Wayne Mad­sen, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist; Cyrus McGoldrick, the for­mer Civil Rights Man­ager for the New York chap­ter of Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions; Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the French anti-Semitic come­dian and the cre­ator of the anti-Semitic “quenelle” ges­ture; and Mark Sil­jan­der, a for­mer U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (R-MI) who was found guilty in 2010 of two fed­eral charges relat­ing to his ties to an Islamic char­ity alleged to have funded ter­ror­ist groups.

The con­fer­ence was opened with remarks by the per­sonal advi­sor to Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, Mohsen Ghomi, who boasted that the con­fer­ence itself is “the biggest threat to Zion­ists,” and that “Amer­i­can offi­cials are pup­pets of the Zion­ist lobby who are tak­ing advan­tage of Amer­i­can igno­rance.” Anti-Israel jour­nal­ist Garth Porter said dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion on Mon­day that the Mossad and CIA are respon­si­ble for man­u­fac­tur­ing the nuclear cri­sis with Iran.

The 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence comes on the heels of the 13th annual Inter­na­tional Resis­tance Film Fes­ti­val that ran in Tehran from Sep­tem­ber 22–29. The film fes­ti­val included sub­mis­sions from dozens of coun­tries, includ­ing Iran, North Korea, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, and was orga­nized by the Cin­e­matic Com­mu­nity of the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion and Sacred Defense and the Islamic Cul­ture and Rela­tions Organization.

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February 10, 2012 0

Anti-Israel Hostility Pervades Penn BDS Conference

The Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) con­fer­ence held at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia last week­end fea­tured speak­ers rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of strate­gies used to dele­git­imize Israel. As expected, many of the speak­ers pro­moted mis­truths and biased nar­ra­tives of the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict and offered strate­gies on how to advance BDS ini­tia­tives and to fur­ther dele­git­imize Israel.


Sev­eral of the anti-Israel activists who head­lined the Penn BDS con­fer­ence are sched­uled to next month’s One-State “Solu­tion” Con­fer­ence at Har­vard, includ­ing Ali Abunimah, Dalit Baum and Sarah Schulman.
Below is a sam­pling of state­ments made at the Penn con­fer­ence:
  • Omar Bargh­outi, co-founder of the Pales­tin­ian Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel, claimed that Israel is gov­erned by an “extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy” and that it is a “racist oppres­sor” and an “apartheid state.” Bargh­outi also made ref­er­ence to the dis­pro­por­tion­ate role “Israel’s lobby groups” play in the U.S., adding that “it is cru­cial to reveal how Israel is right at the cen­ter of the 1% agenda,” refer­ring to the Occupy Wall Street movement. 
  • Ali Abunimah, the founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of “Elec­tronic Intifada,” an anti-Israel Web site,  report­edly said, “Nakba denial is the equiv­a­lent of Holo­caust denial.”
  • Pro­fes­sor Amy Kaplan, pro­fes­sor in the Eng­lish depart­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, offered sug­ges­tions in a Q&A ses­sion on how BDS could be inte­grated into the class­room. Accord­ing to an audio record­ing of her response, Kaplan said, “you take a the­matic course and you bring in themes from this issue [BDS], and lit­er­a­ture is really a great way to teach stu­dents about what’s going on.”

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