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February 11, 2014 1

Iran’s Islamic Revolution: 35 Years Of Hate

Today marks the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion. More than three decades on, the author­i­tar­ian Iran­ian regime has indoc­tri­nated gen­er­a­tions of its cit­i­zens with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-Western pro­pa­ganda through state-controlled media.

These themes con­tinue to dom­i­nate Iran’s media, which also pro­vides a plat­form for Iran’s lead­er­ship to glo­rify ter­ror­ist groups such as Hezbol­lah in Lebanon to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Iran’s tele­vi­sion, news­pa­pers and film indus­tries are all under the com­mand of Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. Through these medi­ums the peo­ple of Iran have been receiv­ing a steady dose of the regime’s ide­ol­ogy and hatred.

Tele­vi­sion and Film 

Tele­vi­sion shows reg­u­larly fea­ture anti-Semitic ani­mated car­toons depict­ing Jews and Israelis as blood thirsty mur­der­ers of Pales­tin­ian chil­dren. These graphic ani­ma­tions, which are also aired on pop­u­lar children’s shows, often incor­po­rate anti-American imagery that implies an Amer­i­can hand aid­ing Israel’s crimes.

For exam­ple, a children’s car­toon aired in Sep­tem­ber 2012 titled, Yek Vajeb-e Azadi [An Oblig­a­tion of Free­dom], directly aimed to por­tray Israelis as child-killers by depict­ing an Israeli sol­dier killing inno­cent Pales­tin­ian chil­dren while they played.

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Yek Vajeb-e Azadi car­toon — Sep­tem­ber 2012

In Novem­ber 2012, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB) aired Sat­ur­day Hunter, an Iranian-made anti-Semitic film about a rabbi teach­ing his grand­son to kill Pales­tini­ans in accor­dance with Jew­ish law. This film and oth­ers like it are aired dur­ing the month of Ramadan.

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Anti-Semitic Iran­ian film “Sat­ur­day Hunter” — Novem­ber 2012

Print Media

State-run news­pa­pers are a pri­mary tool used by the Iran­ian regime to pro­mote hos­tile anti-Israel and anti-U.S. sen­ti­ments, and to pro­vide hard­line con­ser­v­a­tives a plat­form for anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial.

Kay­han, a news­pa­per known to be the mouth­piece of the Supreme Leader, reg­u­larly pub­lishes edi­to­ri­als pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies alleg­ing that the U.S. and Israel are plot­ting to take over Iran and arti­cles deny­ing the his­tor­i­cal facts of the Holocaust.

Another semi-official pub­li­ca­tion which is close to the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC), Fars News Agency, reg­u­larly pub­lishes anti-Semitic car­toons liken­ing Jews to unclean ani­mals and insects.

Israeli termite to the Saudi termite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Israeli ter­mite to the Saudi ter­mite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Fri­day Sermons

The pul­pit has become a polit­i­cal tool for the manip­u­la­tion of the Iran­ian pub­lic by the aya­tol­lahs. Tra­di­tion­ally held at Tehran Uni­ver­sity, fire­brand cler­ics give Fri­day ser­mons con­demn­ing the U.S. and the West as untrust­wor­thy pup­pets under the con­trol of Zionists.

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Wor­ship­pers chant “Death to Amer­ica” dur­ing Fri­day prayer and ser­mon in Tehran.

Fri­day ser­mons are also used by the regime to dis­cuss its  for­eign poli­cies. For exam­ple, shortly fol­low­ing the end of the brief Israel-Hamas war in Novem­ber 2012, Supreme Leader Khamenei and Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Khatami both use their Fri­day ser­mon to laud Hamas’s fight against Israel. Fur­ther­more, sev­eral high-ranking offi­cials pub­licly acknowl­edged that Iran had sup­plied Hamas and Islamic Jihad with the Fajr 5 mis­siles that were fired into cen­tral Israel.

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Supreme Leader Khamenei praises Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their fight against Israel in Novem­ber 2012.

 

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February 7, 2014 0

Iranian TV Broadcasts Simulated Attacks On Israel And U.S.

A day after the U.S. gov­ern­ment announced a tem­po­rary sanc­tions waiver on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s broad­cast­ing author­ity, IRIB’s chan­nel 1 broad­cast highly inflam­ma­tory and bel­liger­ent video seg­ments sim­u­lat­ing an Iran­ian attack against Israel and U.S. warships.

The seg­ments aired live on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2014, before the weekly Fri­day prayers were broadcast.

One of the seg­ments (watch below) shows Iran­ian drones tar­get­ing and destroy­ing civil­ian and mil­i­tary sites in Israel. The clip also includes an audio mes­sage from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s 2013 Per­sian New Year address where he 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.”

In the sec­ond seg­ment (watch below), U.S. war­ships are shown invad­ing Iran’s ter­ri­to­r­ial waters. After issu­ing warn­ings, the Iran­ian air force dis­patches bombers to destroy the U.S. war­ships patrolling the Per­sian Gulf. The sim­u­la­tion also depicts Iran’s abil­ity to strike U.S. inter­ests in the Mid­dle East with its mis­sile system.

The air­ing of the seg­ments comes at a time as the Iran­ian regime read­ies to cel­e­brate the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion against the West­ern backed monarchy.

The waiver on IRIB is slated to last for 180 day and will per­mit non-U.S. satel­lite com­pa­nies to resume IRIB broad­casts. The waiver is appar­ently part of a good­will and confidence-building ges­ture toward Iran as nuclear nego­tia­tors pre­pared to meet for another round of nego­ti­a­tions. Based on this IRIB broad­cast, the waiver may wind up under­min­ing con­fi­dence in Israel, the U.S. and through­out the world.

Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda sta­tion Press TV, which pro­vides a plat­form for Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists and Holo­caust deniers, is also included in the exemption.

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September 18, 2013 3

Iran’s Hispan TV Follows Press TV’s Footsteps With Live Stream On YouTube

Update — Sep­tem­ber 20, 2013: After ADL con­tacted YouTube regard­ing His­pan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream the Iran­ian network’s per­va­sive anti-Semitism, the stream fea­ture was dis­abled.  

His­pan TV, the Iran­ian government’s Spanish-language satel­lite news net­work, began a live stream of its net­work on YouTube one week ago. Like its English-language sis­ter sta­tion Press TV, His­pan TV reg­u­larly broad­casts anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist con­spir­acy theories.hispan-tv-iran-youtube

His­pan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream its broad­cast, which orig­i­nates from the offi­cial His­pan TV Nexo Latino net­work, fol­lows the dis­abling of Press TV’s live stream on YouTube.

ADL exposed Press TV’s YouTube stream in July, a day after it was launched. ADL also con­tacted YouTube regard­ing con­cerns about Press TV using YouTube as a con­duit for the per­va­sive anti-Semitism the Iran­ian media out­let is known for.

As E.U. and U.S. sanc­tions have increas­ingly tight­ened on Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s state broad­caster that pro­duces His­pan TV and Press TV, has tried to bypass sanc­tions by pro­vid­ing live feeds of its net­works through YouTube. At present, YouTube lacks an effec­tive flag­ging sys­tem for live feed technology.

Increas­ing its influ­ence in Latin Amer­ica has been a strong fea­ture of the Iran­ian government’s for­eign pol­icy in the last decade, and His­pan TV serves as a plat­form to spread Tehran’s con­spir­acy the­o­ries, Holo­caust denial and anti-Semitism.

A July 29, 2013, arti­cle on a speech made by Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad, quoted the out­go­ing pres­i­dent as hav­ing “Two ques­tions regard­ing the sup­posed ‘Holo­caust’” and “Why don’t they [the Jews] allow an inves­ti­ga­tion about the Holo­caust and why not indi­cate where the Holo­caust occurred?”

Con­spir­a­cies alleg­ing the undue power of the pro-Israel lobby are also fre­quently fea­tured by His­pan TV. In an arti­cle pub­lished on July 30, 2013, at the height of the New York City may­oral race, the “Jew­ish lobby” is char­ac­ter­ized as seek­ing out a can­di­date who can rule the city for the Jew­ish lobby. “Is Anthony Weiner only a prod­uct of his time, like Clin­ton, or was he valu­able ‘dam­aged goods’ for the Jew­ish lobby who thought of him as the per­fect con­trol­lable asset to gov­ern the city of New York for them?” 

A June 2013 arti­cle posted on the His­pan TV web­site pro­motes a con­spir­acy that Israeli sci­en­tists fal­si­fied Jew­ish genetic ances­try to jus­tify Israel’s cre­ation. “They com­mit­ted this fraud only to sup­port the false claim to bib­li­cal Pales­tine, which was rooted in the idea of being a sep­a­rate peo­ple… With this DNA test, they secured a pass­port bar­code to Pales­tine,” the arti­cle claims.

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