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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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May 23, 2014 0

CIS Promotes Widely Disputed Report on Far-Right Radio Show

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Jes­sica Vaughan

On May 20, Jes­sica Vaughan of the anti-immigrant think tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared as a guest on “Trunews,” a radio show hosted by far-right con­spir­acy the­o­rist Rick Wiles. Vaughan was on the show to dis­cuss a widely dis­puted new CIS report blam­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for the release of over 36,000 “crim­i­nal aliens” by Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) in 2013.

The report, authored by Vaughan, pro­vides a skewed analy­sis of the num­bers com­piled by ICE.  Her appar­ent inten­tion in the report was not only to pro­mote the nar­ra­tive that immi­grants are crim­i­nals but also to attack the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for its alleged fail­ure to enforce immi­gra­tion laws cur­rently on the books, both com­mon tac­tics of the anti-immigrant move­ment. In response to the CIS report, ICE spokesper­sons noted that immi­grants who have com­mit­ted crimes are only sent to ICE after they have served their sen­tences and that in some cases, the agency was required by law to release some of the immigrants.

After a few min­utes of allow­ing Vaughan to explain the major take­aways from the report, Wiles offered a sug­ges­tion as to what to do with the undoc­u­mented pop­u­la­tion cur­rently resid­ing in the United States. Wiles stated, “Hey, um, you put them on a C130 cargo plane and strap a para­chute to them and you fly over the home coun­try and you push them out the door!” Vaughan responded with a laugh and stated, “Some peo­ple have sug­gested that!”

Vaughan’s appear­ance on “Trunews” is another recent exam­ple of the anti-immigrant move­ment using far-right and extreme media to pro­mote their cause. In April of this year, Vaughan granted an inter­view to reporter from the anti-Semitic news­pa­per Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), founded by Holo­caust denier Willis Carto. In March of 2014, Chris Chmie­len­ski of the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA, pro­vided an inter­view to AFP.

In 2014, Frosty Wooldridge, an advi­sory board mem­ber with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) appeared on more than one occa­sion on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram.”  The pro­gram is a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show broad­cast on Rense’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site. In Decem­ber 2013, David North, a fel­low with CIS appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” an Inter­net radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend.

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December 24, 2013 16

Anti-Semite John Friend Interviews Center for Immigration Fellow on His Radio Show

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John Friend, host of “The Real­ist Report”

David North, a fel­low with the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” a radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend. The show focused on immigration.

After the inter­view with North, Friend also pro­moted his white suprema­cist views regard­ing immi­gra­tion. He wrote in the com­ments sec­tion of his web­site that he wished he asked North the fol­low­ing ques­tion: “In your view, do tra­di­tion­ally White West­ern Euro­pean coun­tries have the right to main­tain and pro­tect their tra­di­tional racial, eth­nic, and cul­tural her­itage?” Also in the com­ments sec­tion, Friend pro­moted the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­ory that Jews are respon­si­ble for non-white immi­gra­tion to the United States.

Though CIS claims to be a main­stream orga­ni­za­tion that is against ille­gal immi­gra­tion, this is not the first exam­ple of CIS asso­ci­at­ing itself with anti-Semites. In Novem­ber of 2012, CIS cir­cu­lated an arti­cle to its mem­bers authored by Vir­ginia Aber­nethy. Aber­nethy serves on the edi­to­r­ial board of the Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, an anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion edited by anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald. In May 2012, CIS legal pol­icy ana­lyst, Jon Feere, pro­vided quotes for  arti­cle titled, “‘Big Ag’ Favors Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion” in Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), a conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per run by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, Willis Carto.

It is not clear if North knew about Friend’s anti-Semitism but even a cur­sory look at Friend’s work would have revealed his extreme views. Friend has writ­ten numer­ous anti-Semitic arti­cles for AFP and on his per­sonal web­site. His home­page con­tains quotes from Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. In a May 2013 arti­cle on his web­site, Friend wrote, “The arro­gance, deceit, and treach­ery of the orga­nized Jew­ish com­mu­nity knows no bounds.  Adolf Hitler was quite cor­rect when he described the Jews as hav­ing an ‘unqual­i­fied capac­ity for false­hood.’” In a March 2013, arti­cle, Friend called the Holo­caust a “fake narrative.”

In March 2013, Friend also announced the cre­ation of the Amer­i­can Nation­al­ist Asso­ci­a­tion (ANA), a group which “aims to develop and advance the inter­ests of tra­di­tional White Amer­ica.” ANA’s state­ment of prin­ci­ples also reveals Friend’s anti-Semitism. The state­ment urges peo­ples of Euro­pean ances­try to “Expose and reject all forms of Com­mu­nism, Cul­tural Marx­ism, Inter­na­tional Zion­ism, Glob­al­ism, Multi-Culturalism, and all Un-American rack­ets, frauds and orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Usury and Inter­na­tional Finance Capitalism.”

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