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March 4, 2014 3

SJP Member Appears On Press TV To Promote BDS Movement

Kumars Salehi, a mem­ber of New York University’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter, appeared last week on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work, to pro­mote the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment against Israel.kumars-salehi-sjp-presstv-iaw

Dur­ing the inter­view, Salehi claimed that BDS, “tar­gets the state of Israel, insti­tu­tions within Israel that refuse to be against their government’s poli­cies, as well as com­pa­nies that profit from the occu­pa­tion and Israel’s occu­pa­tion econ­omy.” Salehi made sure to also point out his sup­port for a full boy­cott of Israeli goods, stat­ing that the BDS cam­paign is against, “not just those prod­ucts that are made in the settlements.”

Press TV has emerged as the Iran­ian government’s pri­mary pro­pa­ganda tool to pro­mote a wide range of per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in Eng­lish to a world­wide audi­ence. Press TV has pro­vided a plat­form for some of the most well-known anti-Semites, includ­ing anti-Semite David Duke, anti-Semitic colum­nist Kevin Bar­rett, and Holocaust-denying book pub­lisher Michael San­tomauro, among others.

Salehi’s inter­view coin­cided with the start of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which is tak­ing place in var­i­ous cities around the world. SJP has orga­nized many IAW activ­i­ties in the U.S., includ­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion of mock evic­tion notices at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina, and North­east­ern University.

Dur­ing Salehi’s appear­ance last week, the program’s host described the U.S. Con­gress being “con­trolled by the likes of AIPAC and the other pro-Israel lob­bies” as a hur­dle to the suc­cess of BDS.

Salehi has appeared on Press TV at least four times since Decem­ber 2013. Dur­ing his Decem­ber inter­view, Salehi alleged that Israel is sab­o­tag­ing the ongo­ing peace nego­ti­a­tions in order “to con­tinue killing Palestinians”and build set­tle­ments in the West Bank.

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February 26, 2014 1

Iran Press TV Provides Platform To Emerging Anti-Semitic Voices

Iran’s English-language satel­lite news net­work, Press TV, which pro­vides a plat­form for some of the most well-known anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers in the U.S., also enables lesser known anti-Semites to gain expo­sure for their views.press-tv-anti-semitism-holocaust

Bran­don Mar­tinez, a Canada-based free­lance writer who pro­motes Holo­caust denial and anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, is among the lat­est fringe voices to be pub­lished by Press TV.

Martinez’s arti­cle, pub­lished on Feb­ru­ary 24, 2014, and titled, “Zion­ist excep­tion­al­ism, fears WW2 truth,” is steeped with anti-Semitic claims and bla­tant Holo­caust denial. In his arti­cle, Mar­tinez describes the Nazi death camp Auschwitz as a pleas­ant place where Jews were encour­aged to join in activ­i­ties, such as play­ing in the orches­tra or par­tic­i­pat­ing in “other cul­tural and leisure activities.”

Mar­tinez not only denies the num­ber of Jews who fell vic­tim to Nazi atroc­i­ties dur­ing World War II, but also denies the exis­tence of gas cham­bers and the use of Zyk­lon B in the mass exter­mi­na­tion of Europe’s Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion. To back up these claims, Mar­tinez cites Holo­caust deniers Mark Web­ber and David Irv­ing.

Fol­low­ing the U.S. tem­po­rary waiver of sanc­tions on broad­casts by Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity which broad­casts Press TV, this bla­tantly anti-Semitic con­tent is once again more avail­able to audi­ences in the U.S.

Accord­ing to a biog­ra­phy pro­vided on Press TV’s web­site, Mar­tinez writes on Zion­ism, for­eign pol­icy and “decep­tion in media and pol­i­tics.” Press TV has pub­lished Martinez’s arti­cles on its web­site since Novem­ber 2013 when it pub­lished his first piece on Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel. In that arti­cle, Mar­tinez describes Israel as a rogue regime “Born out of ter­ror­ism and eth­nic cleans­ing,” and describes Prime Min­is­ter Harper as “being sub­servience to Israel.”

Martinez’s arti­cles are also found on his per­sonal blog, The Thoughts and Writ­ings of Bran­don Mar­tinez, as well as on con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Semitic web­sites like Vet­er­ans Today, and its affil­i­ated site Vet­er­ans News Now.

Below are some exam­ples from Martinez’s arti­cles that have appeared on Press TV and other anti-Semitic websites:

  • Feb­ru­ary 16, 2014:  In an arti­cle titled “Scru­ti­niz­ing Israel role in 2001 anthrax attacks,” Mar­tinez claims that the anthrax attacks imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the 9/11 ter­ror­ist bomb­ings orig­i­nated from Israel’s bio­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal indus­try, and implied the exis­tence of a nefar­i­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Israel and the Bush admin­is­tra­tion to carry out the attacks. Mar­tinez also claims that the Israelis placed the blame for the anthrax attacks on its Arab ene­mies as a pre­text to force the U.S. to go to war against Iraq.
  • Jan­u­ary 26, 2014: In an arti­cle titled “Israeli mil­i­tarism pred­i­cated on 9/11 decep­tion,” Mar­tinez claims that Israel has a his­tory of con­duct­ing false flag oper­a­tions and that the 9/11 attack was Israel’s “grand­est deception.”
  • Jan­u­ary 13, 2014: In an arti­cle titled “Zion­ist per­ver­sion of his­tory threat­ens world peace,” Mar­tinez pro­motes the age-old anti-Semitic con­spir­acy of Zion­ist con­trol over Hol­ly­wood. Zion­ist con­trol of Hol­ly­wood, Mar­tinez alleges, is why Hitler is depicted as a “vil­lain­ous demon,” while in real­ity, “Zion­ist Jews them­selves were Hitler’s most enthu­si­as­tic col­lab­o­ra­tors.” Else­where in the arti­cle, Mar­tinez calls the Holo­caust and the num­ber of Jew­ish vic­tims a “myth” and part of “Zion­ist propaganda.”

Extrem­ists like anti-Semite David Duke, anti-Semitic colum­nist Kevin Bar­rett and Holo­caust deny­ing book pub­lisher Michael San­tomauro, remain fre­quent con­trib­u­tors to Press TV’s web­site and reg­u­larly fea­tured on the network’s programs.

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February 11, 2014 0

35 Years after the Iranian Revolution, Concerns of Middle Eastern Stability Remain

Feb­ru­ary 11 marks 35 years since the fall of the Shah of Iran and the rise of Aya­tol­lah Khomeni’s Islamic Repub­lic of Iran.  Look­ing back at the Jew­ish community’s pub­lic state­ments from the time, it is strik­ing how many of the con­cerns expressed about the region-wide impli­ca­tions of the Iran­ian Rev­o­lu­tion are still rel­e­vant today.

Ayatollah Khomeini

Aya­tol­lah Khomeini

In an op-ed pub­lished in Jan­u­ary 1979, the Anti-Defamation League exam­ined the impact of the Iran­ian cri­sis on Israel and the West at a moment when it was unclear who would gov­ern Iran: a fun­da­men­tal­ist Islamic gov­ern­ment, right-wing mil­i­tary rule or a leftist-Communist ori­ented regime.

Not unlike the sen­ti­ment expressed fol­low­ing the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak in 2011, in 1979 there was great fear of the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of Saudi Ara­bia and the Gulf States to a sim­i­lar rev­o­lu­tion. Should that hap­pen, ADL wrote, “the fate of Kuwait, the United Arab Emi­rates and Oman would most likely be sealed if the Shah is deposed and if Saudi Ara­bia expe­ri­ences sim­i­lar troubles.”

And as today, when ana­lysts and even some Mid­dle East lead­ers have accused Wash­ing­ton of mis­read­ing and mis­play­ing regional devel­op­ments in Iran, Syria, Egypt and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, ADL crit­i­cized the long­stand­ing U.S. pol­icy which relied on the sta­bil­ity of Saudi Ara­bia and Iran:

 

The assump­tion has been that if Saudi Ara­bia and Iran were heav­ily armed with both U.S. polit­i­cal sup­port and American-made weapons, they could with­stand any and all attempts at over­throw and inva­sion by neigh­bor­ing Soviet-backed ene­mies of by inter­nal rad­i­cal insur­rec­tion­ists. As the Shah loses his grip over Iran, the rea­son­ing behind America’s Per­sian Gulf pol­icy appears to have been specious.”

 

In a line which could eas­ily have been writ­ten dur­ing any point over the past 35 years, our op-ed posited:  “In an era that is expe­ri­enc­ing a rise in rad­i­cal­ism and insta­bil­ity, Israel is the only sta­ble nation.  If, as some Admin­is­tra­tion and State Depart­ment offi­cials acknowl­edged recently, Amer­i­can intel­li­gence had mis­read and under­es­ti­mated the threat to the Shah, could it be that it is mis­read­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the Saudi royal fam­ily or under­es­ti­mat­ing Israel’s strate­gic importance?”

Even as we enter an era of grow­ing energy inde­pen­dence in the U.S. and ris­ing hopes about sig­nif­i­cant Israeli fuel sources, the strate­gic impli­ca­tions of a shut-off of Mid­dle East­ern oil still leads to great global anx­i­ety. In 1979, the specter of los­ing Iran­ian oil was a calamity for the West and Israel. As we wrote: “Twelve per­cent of Amer­i­can for­eign oil imports and five per­cent of its total con­sump­tion are Iran­ian.  The fig­ure for West­ern Europe and Japan are even more impos­ing: 16% of oil con­sump­tion in Japan is from Iran­ian oil fields, 15% in Italy, 14% in Britain, 11% in West Ger­many and 10% in Canada.  And for Israel, the fig­ures go even higher – fully 60–80% of Israel’s oil comes from Iran.”

Most trag­i­cally, our op-ed high­lighted fears for the wel­fare of the ven­er­a­ble Jew­ish com­mu­nity of Iran, which then num­bered over 80,000:  “While some Moslem reli­gious lead­ers have issued state­ments assur­ing Iran­ian Jewry that they would be able to live as a ‘pro­tected minor­ity’ under an ‘Islamic Repub­lic,’ it is clear that any change in gov­ern­ment would raise ques­tions about the future via­bil­ity of a com­mu­nity that dates back 25 centuries…Recent rev­e­la­tions about anti-Semitic speeches deliv­ered by Khome­ini in Iraq have only served to con­firm Iran­ian Jewry’s appre­hen­sion about liv­ing under an ‘Islamic republic.’”

Today, with a frac­tion of that com­mu­nity remain­ing in Iran, Jews world­wide still worry about their secu­rity and well-being.

Thirty-five years ago, Iran’s nuclear weapons pro­gram, its spon­sor­ship of inter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, and sup­port for the per­pet­u­a­tion of the bru­tal Assad regime in Syria weren’t quite on the radar screen.  Yet it is strik­ing that Iran and the region’s insta­bil­ity and unpre­dictabil­ity remained a con­stant over the years.

 

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