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November 22, 2013 0

Anti-Semitic Iran Film Festival Appeals To U.S. Extremists

The Office of Cul­tural Stud­ies for the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, an Iran­ian non-governmental orga­ni­za­tion that enjoys sup­port from high-ranking offi­cials in the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, will hold the 4th annual Ammar Pop­u­lar Film Fes­ti­val (APFF) in Tehran from Jan­u­ary 3–11, 2014.ammar-film-festival-iran

The film fes­ti­val, which is named after one of the com­pan­ions of the Prophet Moham­mad, is solic­it­ing films on anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic top­ics. These include: “False-flag attacks: The Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, the role of the Zion­ist Lobby and neo­cons, the Israeli attack to USS Lib­erty,” “the power of the Zion­ist Lobby in the US and Europe, includ­ing Chris­t­ian Zion­ism,” “ The role of Israeli Lob­bies in pro­mot­ing war,” and “Resis­tance against Zion­ist, not only in Pales­tine but also in USA and Europe.” The best sub­mis­sions will be entered into a competition.

The afore­men­tioned cat­e­gories only appear on the festival’s Eng­lish lan­guage web­site, which may sug­gest that orga­niz­ers are specif­i­cally seek­ing sub­mis­sions from extrem­ists that have pre­vi­ously been given a plat­form in Iran.

Con­sid­er­ing the con­spir­a­to­r­ial top­ics for this year’s sub­mis­sions, it is no sur­prise that the APFF has attracted inter­est from anti-Semites from out­side Iran, includ­ing Amer­i­can anti-Semites such as Holo­caust denier Michael Hoff­man, the edi­tor of the con­spir­a­to­r­ial Vet­er­ans Today, Gor­don Duff, and fre­quent Press TV con­trib­u­tor Mark Glenn.

Amer­i­can anti-Semites have been fre­quent par­tic­i­pants in anti-Semitic and Holo­caust deny­ing con­fer­ences in Iran, often under the guise of pro­mot­ing cul­tural and aca­d­e­mic under­stand­ing.  They also fre­quently appear on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news network.

Last year’s APFF included a meet­ing with Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei who encour­aged the audi­ence to incor­po­rate polit­i­cal mes­sages into films. He stated, “…cer­tain orga­ni­za­tions which pro­mote west­ern art such as Hol­ly­wood are com­pletely polit­i­cal. If it is not like this, why do they not allow Iran­ian films which are anti-Zionist to be nom­i­nated at film festivals?”

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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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