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December 18, 2012 18

Conspiracy Theorists Blame Jews For Sandy Hook Massacre

In the after­math of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary, inter­net posts blam­ing Jews for the killings began to spring up on var­i­ous online mes­sage boards and con­spir­acy the­ory web­sites.  One the­ory, for exam­ple, pro­motes the notion that a sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled Hol­ly­wood encour­ages killing sprees with sub­lim­i­nal mes­sages glo­ri­fy­ing gun vio­lence. Another attrib­utes the vio­lence to the State of Israel, claim­ing Israel per­pe­trated a “false flag” ter­ror­ist attack on Amer­i­can soil as alleged pun­ish­ment for Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy on Israel and the Palestinians.

Among the most well-known pro­mot­ers of racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to claim that Jews were behind the shoot­ing spree is for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. On his web­site, where he dis­sem­i­nates his white suprema­cist ide­ol­ogy and specif­i­cally anti-Jewish views, Duke alleges that what hap­pened at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary is a result of Jew­ish con­trol over sev­eral Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions and for­eign pol­icy. Duke con­cludes that it is the sup­posed Zion­ist con­trol over the media that resulted in the Sandy Hook shootings:

“Lead bul­lets are not mur­der­ers. The real mur­der­ers are not the bul­lets, but the Bul­lies of the Zio Media…Guns did not cre­ate the hor­ror in that lit­tle school in Sandy Hook, Con­necti­cut. The Zio mas­ters of the media did. They have devoured the real Amer­ica. The mas­ters of the media con­tinue to take us down the path of human depravity…”

Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate its ide­ol­ogy to the English-speaking world, also exploited this tragedy to espouse anti-Semitic “expla­na­tions” of what hap­pened at the Con­necti­cut ele­men­tary school. In an inter­view broad­cast on Press TV today, Mike Har­ris, a con­trib­u­tor to the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), held Zion­ists account­able for a num­ber of mass shoot­ings in America:

“We have had a Zionist-controlled Hol­ly­wood, a Zionist-controlled news media that is the con­duit to all of these vio­lence, these imagery, into every home in Amer­ica and so you won­der why there is a cul­ture of vio­lence? It is because it comes from the Jews in Hol­ly­wood. That is where the con­duit of vio­lence comes from. That is the source of it… You have to real­ize Israel has been oper­at­ing death squads in the United States since Gabrielle Gif­fords and Judge Roll were shot in Tus­can. There have been other inci­dents as the Col­orado shoot­ing, that was again Israeli death squads oper­at­ing in the US.”

In an arti­cle pub­lished on the Press TV web­site by Gor­don Duff, Senior Edi­tor of Vet­er­ans Today, Duff asked Har­ris if he stands by his claims that Israel is respon­si­ble for the mas­sacre. His response: “You [Israel] mur­der chil­dren as part of ‘busi­ness as usual,’ you shouldn’t be sur­prised that when chil­dren are mur­dered, peo­ple look to you.”

This is not the first time David Duke and Press TV have exploited a tragedy in Amer­ica to spew their hate­ful anti-Jewish ide­ol­ogy. On the 11th anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks, David Duke appeared on Press TV claim­ing that Zion­ists mas­ter­minded the attacks on 9/11.

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October 10, 2012 1

ADL Releases New Report on Anti-Semitism Featured on Iran’s English-Language Press TV

While Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad may no longer be in New York, his hate­ful mes­sages con­tinue to be spread in the U.S. and around the world through Iran’s offi­cial English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work, Press TV.

ADL has released a new report titled Iran’s Press TV: Broad­cast­ing Anti-Semitism to the Eng­lish Speak­ing World which ana­lyzes the net­work as “one of the world’s lead­ing dis­pensers of con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitism in Eng­lish” and exposes the Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers who are mis­lead­ingly pre­sented on Press TV’s pro­gram­ming as seri­ous and cred­i­ble experts.

Among those who have appeared on Press TV are Amer­i­can anti-Semite and racist David Duke; Imam Abdul Alim Musa, head of the Masjid Al Islam Mosque in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., who is affil­i­ated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun move­ment; Mark Glenn, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist; and Gor­don Duff, Senior Edi­tor of the conspiracy-oriented web­site Vet­er­ans Today that alleges, for exam­ple, that Israelis and Jew­ish mem­bers of the Bush admin­is­tra­tion car­ried out the 9/11 attacks as a “false flag” oper­a­tion to pro­voke war.

The report also high­lights some of the hate­ful con­tent fea­tured on Press TV so far in 2012 includ­ing bogus alle­ga­tions of Zion­ist con­trol over world events, “Israeli Lobby” con­trol of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, exces­sive Jewish/Zionist influ­ence as a result of dis­pro­por­tion­ate wealth, and Jews and Israel secretly being behind a num­ber of “false flag” operations.

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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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