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April 29, 2014

Tehran Book Fair To Feature Works By Anti-Semites, Holocaust Deniers

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27th Tehran International Book Fair

An annual book fair in Tehran, hosted by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, is set to include domestic and foreign-published anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books, including the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and works by notorious American racist David Duke.

President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to preside over the opening of the fair, the 27th annual Tehran International Book Fair, at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds on April 29. The fair will then be open to the general public from April 30 to May 10. Several high-ranking government officials will accompany Rouhani at the opening festivities, including Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Janati, the director of the fair Abbas Salehi, and Hassan Hashemi, the governor of Tehran.

The book fair will feature literary works authored by Iranian, Arab and Western writers. The fair’s selection of Farsi-language titles include several books dealing with Zionism, alleged Jewish control over Hollywood and the U.S. government, and Holocaust denial.

Among the books that will be offered, according to the fair’s website, is a Farsi translation of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, and Iranian-authored books on Holocaust denial, such as Half Hidden: Legend-Building of the Holocaust.

The list of anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books authored by Westerners is disturbing. Among the books that will be featured is American Holocaust denier and anti-Semite Michael Hoffman’s The Israeli Holocaust Against the Palestinians, and Jewish Supremacists (titled in Farsi: Holocaust! A Report on the Depth of Jewish and Zionist Influence in all Organs of the United States of America) by David Duke. A translated collection of essays on the alleged excessive power of the American pro-Israel lobby by American academic John Mearsheimer is also listed on the fair’s website.

Many of the anti-Semitic titles originating from the West will appear in translated editions for Iran’s Farsi-speaking audience.

In 2013, similar titles, particularly Arabic translations of the Protocols, appeared at international book fairs held in neighboring Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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April 24, 2014

Holocaust Denial Film In Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

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Screenshot from “Off Your Knees, Germany!”

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, to be held in South Carolina April 23-26, 2014, is featuring a film about German-born Holocaust denier and anti-Semite Ernst Zundel.  Entitled “Off Your Knees, Germany!,” the documentary focuses on Zundel’s views and his two trials in Canada in the 1980s for “knowingly publishing false news” about the Holocaust.

Ingrid Rimland, Zundel’s wife and a fellow Holocaust denier, produced “Off Your Knees, Germany!” around 2011.  The film portrays Zundel as a victim of Jewish interests that allegedly conspired to deprive him of his right to express his views on Germany’s actions during World War II. In the film, Zundel denies that the Holocaust ever took place and claims that Germany has been maligned by Jews. He asserts that he is trying to reclaim Germany’s honor. 

Zundel argues in the film, “If I was a member of the Zionist lobby that has conned itself to a pinnacle of influence and power in this society based on victimhood that they were hardened by, by my German people in the Second World War, I maybe would also hate a guy like the Paul Revere of the Germans to come along and ring the bells of freedom.”

Although Zundel was found guilty of spreading false news about the Holocaust in 1985, the case was later dismissed due to procedural errors. A second trial in 1988 also led to a guilty verdict for Zundel, but he was released from prison pending an appeal. In 1992, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in his case and struck down as unconstitutional the law banning the spread of false news.

Zundel left Canada to come to the U.S. in 2001 to join Rimland. Since the mid-1990s, Rimland has been promoting Zundel’s writings and philosophy through Zundelsite, one of the earliest websites devoted to the rehabilitation of Adolf Hitler and the denial of the genocide of European Jews during World War II.

In 2003, U.S. authorities deported Zundel back to Canada on visa violations. Two years later, Canada deported Zundel to Germany, where he served five years in prison for inciting racial hatred and denying the Holocaust.  He continues to live in Germany since his release in 2010.

Rimland is promoting the Zundel documentary through a company she formed called Soaring Eagles Studio and Gallery, based in Tennessee. She is currently trying to raise funds for the company by requesting sponsors to help fund films, paintings and books that appeal to white supremacists and anti-Semites. The company says it plans to feature speakers, weekend seminars, exhibits, print publications, art and stage and video productions, all purportedly in the name of preserving and promoting European culture.

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March 21, 2014

Iranian Leader Questions Holocaust During Persian New Year Speech

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Supreme Leader Khamenei addressing the nation on Persian New Year (March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made statements questioning the historical reality of the Holocaust during his annual Nowruz, or Persian New Year, address to the nation on Friday.

During his speech, where the leader discussed Iran’s struggling economy and Western cultural encroachments on youth, Khamenei denounced the West for its “strict adherence” to freedom of speech while imposing restrictions on discussing the Holocaust. Emphasizing this point, Khamenei said, “In European countries no one dares to speak about the Holocaust, which it is unknown if the roots of this matter are actual or not, and, if it actually did happen, in what way.”

Khamenei added that the West, and Europe in particular, place high value on free speech, yet, “Opinions on the Holocaust and doubt the Holocaust are considered one of the biggest offenses that they [try to] stop and imprison and prosecute.”

Khamenei also singled out the U.S. and its support for Israel’s requirement for the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. “America has been left in a disaster in Palestine. The plans they had for Palestine, and they’ve tried very hard, have not been successful…They want to transform the country of Palestine into a Jewish country, meaning that Palestinians, whether they be Muslim or Christian, will not have the possibility to live in Palestine,” Khamenei said. Khamenei also claimed that the U.S. is plotting to “finish off Palestine in its entirety” by supporting Israel’s preconditions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

In his 2013 Persian New Year address, Khamenei threatened that if Israel were to “make the mistake of attacking Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

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