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July 1, 2014 0

Iran Broadcasting Enters Ramadan With Anti-Semitism

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Screen shot from IRINN doc­u­men­tary aired June 30, 2014

In the lead up to the start of the month-long Mus­lim hol­i­day Ramadan, which is often char­ac­ter­ized with high tele­vi­sion view­er­ship fol­low­ing the break of the day’s fast, Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), has aired inter­views and doc­u­men­taries pro­mot­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries of Jew­ish con­trol over Hol­ly­wood and a nefar­i­ous Jewish-Zionist plan to use sor­cery against Iran.

IRIB is the state-run broad­caster in Iran that uses its media plat­form to pro­mote the regime’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ide­ol­ogy to the pub­lic. In the past, IRIB has used the Ramadan hol­i­day and the high nightly tele­vi­sion view­er­ship to broad­cast anti-Semitic films and tele­vi­sion series.

In an inter­view with a Tehran Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor and Islamic scholar Vali­ol­lah Naghipour­far on June 27, 2014, a series of out­landish anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies were made accus­ing Jews of using sor­cery and witch­craft. When asked by the inter­viewer on IRIB’s Chan­nel 1 if Iran’s ene­mies can use jinns, super­nat­ural beings in Islamic the­ol­ogy (known as ‘genies’ in the West­ern lex­i­con), to gather intel­li­gence and spy on Iran, Naghipour­far responded that, “Jews have a very strong con­nec­tion with jinns and sehr [magic].” Naghipour­far added that the major­ity of Jews are “sor­cer­ers” who can send jinns to gather intel­li­gence and spy on Iran on behalf of the Israeli government.

Three days later, IRIB’s 24-hour news net­work, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran News Net­work (IRINN), aired a short doc­u­men­tary, called “Zion­ist Aspi­ra­tions to Con­trol the West.” The doc­u­men­tary pro­moted anti-Semitic canards of alleged Zion­ist and Jew­ish con­trol of U.S. pol­i­tics and poli­cies, Hol­ly­wood, and academia.

The doc­u­men­tary employed the terms “Zion­ist” and “Jew­ish” inter­change­ably, claim­ing that one of Pres­i­dent Obama’s biggest sup­port­ers is Gold­man Sachs, “America’s largest bank­ing net­work that has no non-Jewish own­ers and who are all Zion­ists and sup­port­ers of Israel.” The doc­u­men­tary also shows a graphic of the globe with a Star of David super­im­posed on it fol­lowed by the logo of AIPAC, claim­ing that the most pow­er­ful lobby in the U.S. “works for the inter­ests of another coun­try and every­one knows which one.” Pic­tures of sev­eral high-ranking offi­cials in global finance, such as for­mer chair­man of the Fed­eral Reserve Ben Bernanke and for­mer IMF Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Dominique Strauss-Kahn, were depicted as the Jew­ish hands in con­trol of the global economy.

Inter­spersed with scenes from Schindler’s List, the doc­u­men­tary also claimed that Jew­ish and Zion­ist con­trol of Hol­ly­wood have built their stature by exploit­ing the Holo­caust and anti-Semitism, com­par­ing it to when “the Chil­dren of Israel built the golden calf dur­ing Moses’ absence and began wor­ship­ping it.” The nar­ra­tor added that, “Zion­ist elites even say that non-Jews are not rec­og­nized as human beings and only Jews have importance.”

The month of Ramadan is a time when many Mus­lims around the world take time to reflect on their faith through prayer and fast­ing. Ramadan is also prime time tele­vi­sion sea­son for many coun­tries in the Arab and Mus­lim world when mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar tele­vi­sion series are aired nightly after the end of the fast.

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May 21, 2014 1

Holocaust Denial Movement Welcomes New Eric Hunt Film

Eric Hunt, a Holo­caust denier known for attack­ing Nobel Peace Prize win­ner Elie Wiesel, released a new Holo­caust denial film on May 11 titled The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax. eric-hunt-holocaust-treblinka-archaeology-hoax

Hunt’s new film, avail­able on YouTube, is a sup­posed “debunk­ing” of the doc­u­men­tary Tre­blinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, which aired on the Smith­son­ian Chan­nel in the U.S. and Chan­nel 5 in the UK.

In The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax, Hunt uses clips of Holo­caust sur­vivors’ tes­ti­monies from the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion Insti­tute for Visual His­tory and Edu­ca­tion (estab­lished by Steven Spiel­berg in 1994) to make his claim that gas cham­bers at Tre­blinka and Maj­danek, two camps Hunt vis­ited in mak­ing his film, were not used to sys­tem­at­i­cally kill Jews but rather were used as “life-saving shower rooms.”

Hunt sim­i­larly used such clips from sur­vivors in his pre­vi­ous films, includ­ing The Jew­ish Gas Cham­ber Hoax, which cre­ated buzz within the Holo­caust denial move­ment in March. He describes the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion Insti­tute for Visual His­tory and Edu­ca­tion as a “trea­sure trove for revisionists.”

Hunt pro­moted his film on the April 27 episode of Spin­gola Speaks, an online radio pro­gram hosted by anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist Deanna Spin­gola. Hunt elab­o­rated on claims he pre­sented in The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax, stat­ing that the Holo­caust is “a bla­tant hoax…a damned dirty hoax; it’s a big lie.”

While Hunt claims the Holo­caust is a “hoax,” he describes the death camps as “work camps” where the Jews got what they deserved. Hunt states that the Jews in the camps “were liv­ing off inter­est rates, usury, etc. and if you read Mein Kampf, of course, basi­cally Hitler said that they should be work­ing. They shouldn’t be liv­ing off peo­ple they’re scamming.”

In the inter­view, Hunt also calls for action against “the Holo­caust indus­try,” stat­ing, “I don’t under­stand why we don’t sue some of them. Why don’t we bring them to court and have them stand trial, have them explain them­selves?” He claims he has “actu­ally sued Spiel­berg over his Holo­caust lies.” Hunt also asks lis­ten­ers to con­tact Car­o­line Sturdy Colls, the foren­sic arche­ol­o­gist who appears in Tre­blinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, and to “hold her account­able for her hoaxing.”

In both The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax and in his inter­view with Spin­gola, Hunt alleges the sup­posed Jewish-controlled media has manip­u­lated pub­lic opin­ion to believe in the Holo­caust hoax as part of a larger con­spir­acy. Hunt also said that his next “doc­u­men­tary” will likely focus on this alleged Jew­ish con­trol of the media and will “blow the lid off of this Jew­ish Hol­ly­wood mafia involved in a lot of this propaganda.”

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May 19, 2014 2

Vassar College President To Investigate Anti-Israel Student Group Activity

In response to a series of anti-Semitic posts pub­lished on social media accounts affil­i­ated with Vassar’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter, Catharine Hill, the Pres­i­dent of Vas­sar Col­lege, announced that “the col­lege is ini­ti­at­ing a full inves­ti­ga­tion and action on the mat­ter” and that she will be ask­ing the Vas­sar Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion (VSA) to review SJP’s pre-organization sta­tus; the group is a “pre­lim­i­nary orga­ni­za­tion” on campus.vassar-sjp

Anti-Semitic and racist mes­sages allegedly dis­sem­i­nated by the Vas­sar chap­ter of SJP included an arti­cle that was reposted from The Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, a racist print pub­li­ca­tion that in its own words, hopes to “defend the racial group that cre­ated and sus­tains our civ­i­liza­tion.” Another post that appeared on Vas­sar SJP’s Tum­blr page was of a car­toon that used offen­sive Holo­caust imagery to con­demn alleged Israeli poli­cies. It depicted a so-called “Holo­caust” in Gaza, with a pile of human skulls topped with a sign that read “Gaza.”

On May 13, a day before Hill’s state­ment, Vas­sar SJP posted a state­ment on its Face­book page claim­ing that, “Up until this point, the social media plat­forms (tum­blr and twit­ter) asso­ci­ated with SJP Vassar’s name have been man­aged by one per­son and the SJP gen­eral body was not involved in deci­sions made about what was being posted.” The group also con­demned hate speech and apol­o­gized for the offen­sive posts.

Con­cern over Vas­sar SJP’s activ­ity first began in Feb­ru­ary when the group orga­nized a protest out­side of an Inter­na­tional Stud­ies class, whose pro­fes­sor co-led a trip to Israel to explore water issues as part of the course. The protest report­edly lasted for at least 30 min­utes, as stu­dents enrolled in the course attempted to enter the classroom. 

As the stu­dents tried to make their way into the class­room, the pro­test­ers called on them to drop the class because of the orga­nized trip to Israel. They also handed out fly­ers, which apart from call­ing for Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paigns against Israel, also claimed that “The sim­ple act of enter­ing and mov­ing within the state of Israel is a free­dom denied to over 5 mil­lion Pales­tin­ian refugees who were eth­ni­cally cleansed from their homes…The indige­nous peo­ple of Pales­tine do NOT want you to come.” 

Hill’s state­ment is an impor­tant step toward ensur­ing that Jew­ish and pro-Israel stu­dents on cam­pus are made to feel com­fort­able and that bla­tant anti-Semitism and hos­tile rhetoric will not be tol­er­ated on campus.

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