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March 11, 2016 5

In Iran, Holocaust Denial and Mockery are Alive and Well

Despite the inter­na­tional community’s reen­gage­ment with a more “open” and “mod­er­ate” Iran, some things in Iran­ian soci­ety haven’t changed, includ­ing the preva­lence of Holo­caust mock­ery and denial. While Pres­i­dent Rouhani hasn’t touted the issue like his pre­de­ces­sor Ahmadine­jad had, recent announce­ments indi­cate that the ques­tion­ing of the Holo­caust is very much alive and well within Iran­ian society.

In Decem­ber, the Tehran Inter­na­tional Car­toon Bien­nial announced an inter­na­tional Holo­caust car­toon con­test, with the win­ning entry get­ting a $50,000 reward. Now, the Islamic Asso­ci­a­tion of the Uni­ver­sity of Isfa­han has announced that it will hold its own Holo­caust car­toon con­test. The Islamic Asso­ci­a­tion held a sim­i­lar con­test in 2015. In announc­ing this year’s con­test, the Islamic Asso­ci­a­tion explained that its goal is to demon­strate sym­pa­thy with oppressed Pales­tini­ans and show hatred towards the Zion­ist regime and “the child killer Israel.” The orga­niz­ers claim the con­test is “not anti-Semitic,” but rather an effort to ques­tion such a dis­grace­ful and false phe­nom­e­non – the Holo­caust — some­thing which no one in the West­ern world dares to do.

Islamic Association of  Isfahan University Holocaust Cartoon Contest

Islamic Asso­ci­a­tion of Isfa­han Uni­ver­sity Holo­caust Car­toon Contest

They also claim their goal is to empower tal­ented indi­vid­u­als with skills they can use to edu­cate stu­dents and oth­ers about the fal­lacy of the Holocaust.

Addi­tion­ally, a recent con­fab for NGOs includ­ing social ser­vice agen­cies in an unnamed Iran­ian city titled “The Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Coop­er­a­tion and Human­i­tar­ian Aids”, which included a ses­sion pro­mot­ing Holo­caust denial. A report pub­lished fol­low­ing the ses­sion stated that there is “no proof for Zion­ist claims about the Holo­caust and Jews.” Moham­mad Javad Khos­rave, a Holo­caust “expert” and Emad Najar, Zion­ist and Media “expert”, were among the attendees.

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March 2, 2016 4

Iran Trains Young Children for Warfare Against US and Israel

As the media focuses on all that is allegedly “new “ in Iran, with new elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and new busi­ness oppor­tu­ni­ties,  young chil­dren in the Islamic Repub­lic are being trained in decades-old Iran­ian pro­pa­ganda, vio­lence and hate, with the goal of “con­quer­ing Tel Aviv”.

Iranian children

As part of last month’s Fajr Decade cel­e­bra­tions (the anniver­sary of Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion), Iran­ian offi­cials in the city of Lamard orga­nized the “Sixth National Children’s Memo­r­ial”, an event which trains chil­dren for war­fare against the US and Israel. Accord­ing to reports, as many as 1,200 chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in the event, with some dressed in mil­i­tary apparel. The event included forms of tar­get prac­tice with weapons, run­ning through obsta­cle courses and learn­ing about “con­quer­ing of Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem” as “holy val­ues.” One photo from the event shows a young boy hold­ing an Israeli flag which he is prepar­ing to set alight in a nearby bonfire.

Iran (which infa­mously sent in child sol­diers dur­ing the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s) is a sig­na­tory to an inter­na­tional pro­to­col of the Con­ven­tion of the Rights of Chil­dren which says:  “States Par­ties shall refrain from recruit­ing any per­son who has not attained the age of fif­teen years into their armed forces…” and “States Par­ties shall take all fea­si­ble mea­sures to ensure that per­sons who have not attained the age of fif­teen years do not take a direct part in hos­til­i­ties. “   While such train­ings may not con­sti­tute explicit recruit­ment or involve­ment in hos­til­i­ties, with ses­sions such as these, Iran’s power bro­kers are edu­cat­ing, moti­vat­ing and train­ing for hos­til­i­ties against Israel in the future.

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February 29, 2016 224

Louis Farrakhan Joins List Of Extremists Praising Donald Trump

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan made anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions of Jew­ish gov­ern­men­tal con­trol while prais­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump dur­ing the 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago on Feb­ru­ary 28.

Farrakhan delivering his Saviours' Day sermon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

Far­rakhan deliv­er­ing his Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

While Part 1 of Far­rakhan’s 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon last week at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his ser­mon yes­ter­day, Far­rakhan stated that Trump “is the only man…that stood in front of some mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and told them ‘I don’t want your money’… Any time a man can say to those who con­trol the pol­i­tics of Amer­ica, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means if I don’t take your money, you can’t con­trol me. And they can­not afford to give up con­trol of the pres­i­dents of the United States.” How­ever, Far­rakhan also dis­tanced him­self from a full endorse­ment of Trump stat­ing, “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump, but I like what I’m look­ing at.”

The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews. This year, in addi­tion to his com­ments about Trump rep­re­sent­ing a break from the sup­pos­edly other Jewish-controlled pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, Far­rakhan also blamed Jews, which he refers to as the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” for the Iraq War and 9/11.

While Far­rakhan tried to defend his use of the phrase “Syn­a­gogue of Satan” by dis­cussing its ori­gins from the Book of Rev­e­la­tions, his alle­ga­tions of nefar­i­ous Jew­ish con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and world events still very much con­sti­tute anti-Semitism. For exam­ple, Far­rakhan claimed, “[for­mer U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of Defense Paul] Wol­fowitz, so-called Jew, but a mem­ber of the Syn­a­gogue of Satan…Satan is a human being with­out human char­ac­ter­is­tics. That’s why the rev­e­la­tor called them beasts in human form. These are peo­ple sit­ting in the Pen­ta­gon, plan­ning the destruc­tion of Mus­lim nations.”

He added, “Wol­fowitz had 10 years now, to plan how they’re gonna clean out the Mid­dle East and take over those Mus­lim nations. They needed another Pearl Har­bor. They needed some event that was cat­a­clysmic, that would make the Amer­i­can peo­ple rise up, ready for war…they plot­ted a false flag oper­a­tion and when a gov­ern­ment is so rot­ten that they will kill inno­cent peo­ple to accom­plish a polit­i­cal objec­tive, you are not deal­ing with a human. You’re deal­ing with Satan him­self, the Syn­a­gogue of Satan.” He con­cluded, “Now they got into the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and on 9/11 the Twin Tow­ers went down…George Bush, and those dev­ils, Satans around him. They plot­ted 9/11. Ain’t no Mus­lim took con­trol of no plane.”

Promotional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan's Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Pro­mo­tional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan’s Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon in Chicago

The idea that Jews are to blame for 9/11 is noth­ing new for Far­rakhan, who told his Sav­iours’ Day audi­ence last year that “it is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Despite Farrakhan’s decades-long his­tory of racism and anti-Semitism, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to receive sup­port from celebri­ties and elected offi­cials. Far­rakhan was also pro­vided with a plat­form to pro­mote anti-Semitism in Iran ear­lier this month as a spe­cial guest at mul­ti­ple high-level events, meet­ing with cur­rent and for­mer Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials.

Far­rakhan also announced that he does not intend to speak again any time soon, but did not elab­o­rate on the rea­son. Far­rakhan has been absent from some key NOI events recently due to his ail­ing health, but even at the age of 82, Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to avoid the topic of a suc­ces­sor. Dur­ing Sav­iours’ Day he said, “If you want to know who my suc­ces­sor is then you ask Allah because I’m not wise enough to make that choice and I have not made any such choice because it’s not in my pay grade.” Despite the NOI’s appar­ent pol­icy of avoid­ing this topic, the orga­ni­za­tion has at times spot­lighted Mosque Maryam’s Assis­tant Min­is­ter Ish­mael Muham­mad as a pos­si­ble successor.

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